Friday, December 11, 2015

Carbon Monoxide News December 11, 2015 – posts updated frequently

Every day is a carbon monoxide safety education day.
Scroll back in time through our archives for previous CO News links.
We can learn from others mistakes and efforts to prevent poisoning.
Carbon monoxide safety, we are all in this together.

“The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.” Albert Camus (1913-1960, bio link)

"It's Up To You" Moody Blues - music link

How much carbon monoxide are you in when in any motor vehicle?

Did you know that many people do not measure the air they live in?
After prevention there is no greater awareness than measurement.

Featured News Links – More news links below
Family from Singapore suffers carbon poisoning in rental apartment while holidaying in Taipei
The Straits Times
Police found that the concentration of carbon monoxide in the apartment was 50 to 60ppm… The source of the gas is believed to be a water heater installed on the balcony…

CO poisoning case puts unlicensed rentals back in spotlight
Focus Taiwan News Channel
... the Consumers' Foundation urged the government to address the issue to prevent such accidents… Rooms or studios rented out on a daily basis have sprung up in Taipei, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung in western Taiwan and Yilan in eastern Taiwan, and if the practice goes unchecked, it will put tourists' life in jeopardy and violate the rights of other residents, the foundation warned in mid-November…

Man dies after suspected gas leak in Preston
BBC News
A 78-year-old man died and five others were taken to hospital after a suspected carbon monoxide leak, Lancashire Police have said…

The silent killer in your home: NHS reveal the REAL danger of carbon monoxide poisoning
These stats, carried out by CORGI HomePlan, reveal the true extent of this silent killer for the first time… The research reveal that the number of casualties are 30 times HIGHER than the official industry figures, provided in Gas Safety Trust’s latest Carbon Monoxide Incident Report, suggest…

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning
Johnson County Hospital
Tecumseh, Nebraska - Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas that you can't smell, taste, see or feel. When gasoline, natural gas, wood, or charcoal burn, they produce carbon monoxide. The exhaust fumes that come from cars and trucks, fuel or wood burning stoves, gas ranges, generators, heaters and furnaces also…

Rotary Club gets the low-down on coroner's position
Elizabethtown Bladen Journal
… said the medical examiner for that county was a medical doctor and he performed an autopsy to determine the couple’s cause of death. Once he determined the cause of death, the medical examiner did not notify the hotel where the couple was staying of his findings. Kinlaw said that as a result a different family stayed in the same room and they too were harmed by carbon monoxide before the hotel was notified of the problem…

Carbon monoxide intoxication.
However individuals with ischemic heart disease may experience chest pain and decreased exercise duration at COHb levels between 1% and 9%. COHb levels between 30% and 70% lead to loss of consciousness and eventually death… 

NOTE: Listed U.L. 2034 & CSA 6.19 Carbon Monoxide Alarms 
Must not display under 30PPM in normal operation
AT 70, 150 & 400 PPM display must be accurate within plus or minus 30 Percent 

SENSITIVITY TESTING: Resist alarming first times shown, must by second shown time
150PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 5PPM] ... [10 - 50 MINUTES]
400PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 10PPM ... [4 _ 15 MINUTES]

More news links below –

We have all been CO poisoned, some more than others
The following link takes you to a site with views from those who have been poisoned. The seriousness of carbon monoxide poisoning, the grief, suffering and disorientations experienced are clearly portrayed with the intent to help others and prevent future poisonings. With respect, please visit: 

What is in the air you are breathing right now?
What will you be doing today; walking into poison?
Who will be responsible for the air you breathe?
You may be the only person who can prevent your own poisoning. 

We are all vulnerable to carbon monoxide exposure and poisoning.
Everyone has been poisoned by CO and will be poisoned again. The degree of the poisoning depends upon allowing yourself to be in a situation where someone else controls the air you breathe and the mechanisms for alarming notification.

Please read the alarm information on the package and in the instructions that come with the carbon monoxide alarm. Know that if it is a U.L. 2034 Listed product (or CSA 6.19 Listed), it is a high level alarm that has been tested to alarm no sooner than 70 PPM at the lowest (the alarm must resist for one hour when above this level) and when over 400 PPM before 15 minutes at the highest concentration, after resisting alarming for 4 minutes when over this level.

Know when your fire department and emergency responders begin wearing their breathing apparatus and what their civilian evacuation levels are for carbon monoxide; it may be as soon as the gas is present in your presence. Pregnant women, infants & children, people with heart & respiratory struggles, those suffering depression or chronic headaches and all people of vulnerable health should be alerted as soon as the gas begins to concentrate, around 10 PPM (parts per million) or lower.

You most likely need a low level carbon monoxide detector to sound off when carbon monoxide hazards are just beginning, not after you’ve been exposed to levels that make you have headaches, flu-like symptoms, increased tiredness, heart stresses or worse.

Do not take risks with carbon monoxide. Take responsibility for the air you breathe and the combustion systems you are responsible for. If you don’t do it for yourself, do it for others, unless you think $45.00, high level protection is good enough.

Help prevent injuries and deaths; don’t guess about carbon monoxide. Measure carbon monoxide for safety and knowledge. The more you test the more you learn. 
Measurement is continuing education at its best. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

CO and Air Quality News Links 

Safety is the top priority when heating homes
Palo Verde Valley Times
Blythe Fire Chief Billy Kem and the San Bernardino County Fire Department urge residents to keep safe while they snuggle up in the warmth of their homes this winter… "Our biggest amount of calls during the winter is heater calls, whether it's the water heater, furnace or space heater," said Kem… Never install unvented gas heaters in bedrooms or bathrooms, where the small room size poses an added danger of rapid carbon monoxide build-up…

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms
Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Landlords have a duty to make sure that a smoke alarm is installed on each floor where there is living accommodation for their tenants. They must also ...

Fires Put a Carbon Monoxide Cloud over Indonesia
NASA Earth Observatory
In September and October 2015, tens of thousands of fires sent clouds of toxic gas and particulate matter into the air over Indonesia. Despite the moist climate of tropical Asia, fire is not unusual during those months. For the past few decades, people have used fire to clear land for farming and to burn away leftover crop debris. What was unusual in 2015 was how many fires burned and how many escaped their handlers and went uncontrolled for weeks and even months… To study the fires, scientists in Indonesia and around the world have been using many different tools…

Tobacco ban to extend into cars
Public broadcasting of Latvia
The Latvian caretaker government on Tuesday supported tighter controls for the production, sale and advertising of tobacco products, including a ban on smoking in cars…

Passer-by spots smoke at Johnson Product building early Wednesday morning

Columbia Missourian
The fire was reported by a passerby at 4:12 a.m. and extinguished within 15 minutes of the firefighters' arrival, according to a department news release. Firefighters were not alerted by an alarm…

Ontario Taking Action To Protect Drill Rig Operators
Government of Ontario News
... workers from overexposure to hazardous chemical and biological substances including carbon monoxide released by internal combustion engines…

Sit and rest a while; miss the children, prevent repeating this tragedy. 
Corfu carbon monoxide deaths: Memorial unveiled in Horbury 
BBC News 
A memorial bench to two young children who died from carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Corfu has been unveiled in West Yorkshire…

How to use a Fire Extinguisher
In this informative and succinct video, learn how to identify and appropriately execute the use of a CO2 Fire Extinguisher…

Cdc Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
New Movie Release 2015
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Public domain video from CDC. Carbon monoxide (sometimes referred to as CO) is a colorless, odorless gas produced ... 

CO EXperts
Johnson County Kansas - Continuing Education – – Video Link

A well put together video is found with the next link, but remember U.L. 2034 Listed CO Alarms are high level alarms. Use them for protection against accute levels, but be aware you can still experience symptoms of the poisoning even though the devices are in place.
About Carbon Monoxide and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
About Carbon Monoxide and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - has been designed with this in mind – to create a visual, interactive, educational resource which can hopefully end incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning and save lives… For more information, please visit - 

Who is responsible for the air you breathe? 
Take control inside your homes. 
-Link to:  CO alarm standards  

The lowest U.L. 2034 & CSA 6.19 carbon monoxide alarm test point is: 
- 70 PPM to 149 PPM –resist one hour, must alarm before 4 hours 
Please read the alarm information on the package and in the instructions. Know when your fire department and emergency responders begin wearing their breathing apparatus and what their civilian evacuation levels are for carbon monoxide; it may be before 70 PPM. It is for pregnant women, infants & children, the elderly and all people of vulnerable health. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety 

Consider low level protection for carbon monoxide and smoldering fire detection problems; don't leave anyone behind.

These following links may be of some use to you: 
U.S. Drought Monitor
- Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive
- Current Data for Atmospheric CO2
- Federal Aviation Administration CO warning
- Carbon monoxide toxicity-Emergency Medicine Ireland
- Carbon Monoxide Survivor- Views from those who have been poisoned.
- Carbon Monoxide detection- National Fire Protection Association

· Please take CARBON MONOXIDE SAFETY CARE during all holiday and everyday activities.

National Conference of State Legislatures 
Carbon Monoxide Detectors State Statutes 

Twenty-Nine U.S. states have statutes that require carbon monoxide detectors in certain residential buildings. Updated Nov. 2014
Alaska | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | Florida |
Georgia | Illinois | Maine | Maryland | MassachusettsMichigan |
Minnesota | Montana | New Jersey | New Hampshire | New York | 
Red Cross - Disaster Relief to safely assist law enforcement, fire department, utility company, city, county and state authorities as repair and rebuilding moves forward. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

Nationally, the Red Cross provides food and shelter to people affected by as many as 70,000 fires annually, or about one fire every eight minutes.

The following companies are acknowledged for their continued support of carbon monoxide safety education and this daily news blog. They may just have what you are looking for. 
Fieldpiece Instruments 
The Energy Conservatory 
IntelliTec Colleges