Sunday, January 3, 2016

Carbon Monoxide News January 3, 2016 – 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.

“In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.”
Francis Bacon (1561-1626, bio link)

"Philadelphia Freedom" Elton John - 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
Carbon monoxide sickens 4 in Bronx laundromat
News 12 Bronx
Four people are recovering after being exposed to carbon monoxide at a laundromat. The incident occurred inside the Burnside Wash & Dry ...

Avoid breathing in combustion gasses; breathe smarter
Service providers divided on safety of ventless fireplaces
While no deaths have been reported from vent-free fireplace incidents, the association said, some municipalities have restricted or outlawed vent-free fireplaces. The District of Columbia has banned the fireplaces in bedrooms and bathrooms, and California banned all ventless fireplaces because of the risks. No other states have outlawed their use…

All combustion gasses contain moisture, even if carbon monoxide is not produced
Kuffa: Venting your house can solve mildew, mold issues
Port Huron Times Herald
The reason furnaces and hot water tanks are vented is to expel carbon monoxide(by-product of combustion) to the exterior…

Minnesota ends 2015 with 10-year high for boating fatalities
Minneapolis Star Tribune
On Lake Minnetonka, the Twin Cities’ largest lake, the conservation district that manages use of the lake stepped up enforcement this year. It paid for a dedicated patrol officer for the first time and a new satellite station on the 14,000-acre lake. Even with those preparations, the Fourth of July weekend found first responders inundated with 75 calls as thousands of boaters swarmed the lake… Authorities responded to a couple of serious medical calls, but only one boating-related death on the massive lake, a 7-year-old girl who died of carbon monoxide poisoning in October…

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 

Lifesaving precautions are needed when using alternate heat sources
Daily Journal Online
Big River Fire Chief David Pratte asks that anyone who has and uses space heaters, not to put any clothing, curtains, table clothes or bedding by them. The leading cause of a space heater fire is because flammable materials were too close to it or they get knocked over… Another source of carbon monoxide can come from gas stoves. Do not use an oven or stove top to heat your home… Also never burn charcoal that is used for barbecues indoors, not in fireplaces or wood stoves. Pratte added that they releases odorless, toxic, carbon monoxide fumes and can be fatal… He recommends that everyone purchase a carbon monoxide detector and always check the batteries in the smoke detectors because it can save lives…

What's Ahead for Climate Change in 2016?
Discovery News
This year will kick off with a sense of optimism about climate change after the success of the Paris climate talks in December. In the United States, that may mean more enthusiasm for commitments to renewables and other lower-carbon energy sources as low oil prices make the future of fossil fuels production in the United States and Canada less certain…

Is the future of vegetable farming indoors?
Press & Sun-Bulletin
HOMER — The future of vegetable farming in upstate New York might be under plastic… Behind a century-old yellow farmhouse on Route 11, an electric water pump bubbles away beneath translucent plastic sheeting on top of a simple metal greenhouse frame. The water is home to schools of tilapia, a hardy freshwater fish known as the species that miraculously fed the Biblical multitudes… The pumps lift the nutrient-rich water to three rows of troughs where floating plastic trays hold thousands of tiny baby arugulas, kales, cabbages, kohlrabies, red amaranth, cress and spicy mustard that can fetch $30 a pound from fine-dining restaurants in New York City…

Air quality improves in two major cities
Mexico News Daily
Air quality is a major concern in many cities these days, and at the turn of the year the situation in the two largest metropolises in Mexico shines a light on the complexities and risks that high levels of pollution entail…

Air in Indian cities fouler than in Beijing
The Hindu
All six north Indian cities for which data was available had worse air quality than Beijing in 2015, The Hindu's analysis of official data shows. However ...

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