Thursday, December 31, 2015

Carbon Monoxide News December 31, 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.

“That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.” William Wordsworth (1770-1850, bio link)

"Too Much Heaven" Bee Gees - live 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
Teen dies working at Northern Michigan hog farm
Elevated levels of carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide were found through atmospheric testing done the day of the incident…

1 in Nashua hospitalized after carbon monoxide exposure
The Union Leader
NASHUA — A Nashua resident was taken to a hospital Wednesday after being discovered unconscious from carbon monoxide exposure…

Douglas boy's quick actions saves life of brother
WCVB Boston
Officials said the levels of carbon monoxide were so high inside the home that firefighters needed to wear masks. The family said they were thankful ...

Couple treated for smoke inhalation, carbon monoxide poisoning after apartment fire
Tucson News Now
TEMPE, AZ (KPHO/KTVK) - The couple heard their smoke alarm going off, but the fire was already quickly spreading through their apartment near Apache Boulevard and Rural Road… They couldn't make it out a window or door due to the smoke and flames, so they called 911 and stayed on the phone until help arrived…

Update; tears and a message
A Los Angeles Teen Was Found Dead in a New Home, Officials Suspect CO Poisoning
The Epoch Times
“I lost my baby girl the love of my life and I hope and pray she is up there with my mom because i know her grandma loved her and is taking care of her,” Holt wrote in the page…

Evacuation at College and Dovercourt due to reports of chemical smell
Toronto police said they were called to assist fire crews after a carbon monoxidedetector went off in the basement of a three-storey building… "We were very very lucky. This could have resulted in carbon monoxide poisoning to a number of people," said Toronto Fire Services district chief Steven Hawes. "Thanks to a working carbon monoxide alarm, a tragedy was definitely averted here." Hawes said faulty heating equipment in the basement of a shoe store was to blame for the gas, which is odourless, colourless and can easily move through walls…

Don't fall asleep on these winter killers
The Chronicle
Recently the Goshen Fire Department responded to several carbon monoxide calls that fire Chief Elmer Budd said were caused by faulty equipment. In any case, their alarms must not be ignored. If you hear an alarm, Budd said, leave the house as quickly as possible and call 911… There have been reported cases where carbon monoxide alarms went off in homes where residents, thinking nothing was amiss, disabled the alarms and went off to bed. Budd said some of those people succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning and never woke up…

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 

Keep those vents clear! Safety tips for snow clean up
Digging out from double-digit snowfall totals is never fun, but it is an unavoidable job… 

Firefighters go door-to-door for fire safety
Fond du Lac Reporter
If someone needs help with their smoke alarm or carbon monoxide alarm, call the (Fond du Lac) fire department at 920-322-3800… The deaths left a lasting impression on city firefighters, especially those who were involved in the New Year's Eve fires, O'Leary said. "Our ultimate job is to keep people free from the harm caused by fire," he said… For the past three years, firefighters have gone door-to-door after a house fire, canvassing neighborhoods to ensure people have working smoke detectors and fire-safety information…

Winter Storm Story
Couple Rescued after Being Trapped in 12 Feet of Snow for 20 Hours | The Weather Channel
The Weather Channel
... was hospitalized with chest pains, but Jimmy Anderson sustained no injuries despite his fears of frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, or worse…

Oklahoma Storm Report
5 dead following holiday weekend storms
The Oklahoma State Department of Health says 104 storm-related injuries have been treated at state hospitals, including 58 falls, 30 transportation-related injuries, nine carbon monoxide injuries, three cuts/piercings and four other injuries…

Seeing visions during the sermon? Not exactly
Peabody Gazette-Bulletin
“I didn't think anything about it and told her to get something to eat, but later she came back and said 'Dad, I think it's carbon monoxide poisoning."

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