Thursday, February 11, 2016

Carbon Monoxide News February 11, 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.

“To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.” 
Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888, bio link)

"One More Day" Richie Havens - 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.

Are you in the know?
Do I know enough about carbon monoxide and carbon monoxide poisoning to justify never knowing how much is in the air I breathe every day, everywhere I go?”

There are some people who want to be notified of the presence of carbon monoxide at levels or concentrations as soon as the gas is present, at concentrations well below those that can instigate poor health symptoms but not be high enough levels to sound the CO alarm they own.

There are some people who do not want to push a button on their CO alarm to see what low, aggravating levels of the poison might be in their home, or anywhere.

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

Featured News Links – More news links below
Pleasant Ridge Woman Dead of Possible Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Oakland County 115 News
Pleasant Ridge, MI – One woman is dead and another person has been taken to the hospital from what appears to be a case of carbon monoxide ...

Police say CVU Student died from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
My Champlain Valley FOX44 & ABC22
Hinesburg Police Chief Frank Koss said the preliminary investigation shows the St. George Teenager was sleeping in his car, when he died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning… A lot of sadness at CVU High School Wednesday, after students and staff learned one of their own suddenly passed away…

Power generator killed couple in Dubai
Emirates 24|7
An Asian man and his wife died while they were asleep at their apartment in Dubai after inhaling carbon monoxide emitted by a power generation… After questioning other tenants in the same apartment, police found that the landlord and the watchman had installed a power generator following the disconnection of electricity in that flat. After the couple’s death, they removed the generator and hid it…

Winter is peak season for carbon monoxide poisoning
She rushed to her father’s home and found emergency services there tending to her father, who had weakness and headache. It turns out her father had accidentally left the car idling in the garage after driving it home. The car exhaust built up a high level of carbon monoxide, which seeped from the garage to the rest of the house…

Authorities put out carbon monoxide warning to motorists
The lethal consequences of carbon monoxide in engine exhaust (sometimes called the silent killer) is tragically illustrated by hundreds of people dying each year from CO poisoning caused by several factors… One of these factors is a running vehicle inside a closed garage. Others die or become extremely ill in homes with attached garages. Still other causes of death involve people who are stranded in their car and leave the motor running to keep warm or driving or riding in a vehicle with a defective exhaust system…

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 

State's sudden carbon monoxide regulation will cost Stony Point
Rockland County Times
The unfunded mandate requires the town to install CO detectors in every building the town occupies by June of this year. According to the board, there would need to be a detector in each building and placed on every heating unit. While it is important to keep people safe, the mandate has requirements that will most likely cost the town a lot more than if the town installed the detectors independently…

Bill Would Avert Carbon Monoxide Threat
Iowa Public Radio
A Norwalk man who lost a family friend from carbon monoxide poisoning was at the capitol today, lobbying for legislation to mandate carbon monoxide alarms in Iowa dwellings… A bipartisan panel agreed to require residential buildings to install the alarms if they are already required to have smoke detectors…

Residents warned about gas poisoning from boilers
Darlington and Stockton Times
Former England rugby international Simon Halliday joined the campaign after he was hit by carbon monoxide poisoning in October 2015… For several weeks he dismissed the symptoms of lethargy and dizziness until he became so sick he was hospitalized…

WVU Extension Service experts share tips on generator safety
WVUToday - West Virginia University
When the power goes out, generators come on—but usage comes with serious risks if operated incorrectly, according to fire safety experts at the West Virginia University Extension Service… Among those risks are carbon monoxide poisoning, electrocution and fire, according to Mark Fullen, Program Leader and Associate Professor of the WVU Safety and Health Extension… “Generators can be a convenient, alternative source of power,” said Fullen. “But there are a number of safety precautions residents must be aware of before operating a generator for their home or facility.”

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. CO Experts

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