Saturday, February 6, 2016

Carbon Monoxide News February 6, 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.

“It is the neglect of timely repair that makes rebuilding necessary.” 

"Fame" David Bowie - 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
Police: No carbon monoxide detectors in Cass County home after leak kills Indiana man, sends five ...
Fox 28 
As early as police responded Friday morning, neighbors in this rural community are just now learning of the tragedy… Forty-three-year-old Andrew Weston from Columbus, Ind. was visiting his sister to celebrate a birthday. He slept near the source of the leak, a furnace for the pool heater… Investigators believe a bird or squirrel clogged up the fuel source, blocking the carbon monoxide emission…

Mother dies after mobile home fire in Adams County
The Denver Channel
In a preliminary ruling, the Adams County coroner's office said it appears a 55-year-old mother died from carbon monoxide poisoning…

Barrington day-care evacuated after carbon monoxide concern
The Providence Journal
BARRINGTON, R.I. -- Children were evacuated from the Early Learning Center at 191 Sowams Road Friday morning after a report of high carbon ...

Carbon monoxide poisoning claims two lives in western Turkey
Cihan News Agency
A couple was killed as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by leak in their heating stove in the western province…

Police: Landlord broke gas lines, lit them 'like a candle'
York Dispatch
Snelbaker showed up while police and firefighters were still on scene, and told officials he disconnected the lines and lit them "like a candle" to heat the house because electric service was terminated and he didn't want his pipes to freeze, documents allege…

Cree Nation Government works on cabin fire safety after Bussy Lake deaths
"To prevent this from happening to our trappers, there should be fire detectors and carbon monoxide detectors," But while he supports installing smoke and CO detectors, Coonishish wonders how to prevent their batteries from constantly needing to be replaced during the winter months… "What I do know about the detectors — when it comes to the winter when it's -30, the batteries can freeze and then they don't work, so to find a way for them not to have that happening."

Palm Beach County leads nation for deaths linked to keyless cars, report says
The land of sand, surf and palm trees now leading the country for deaths linked to cars, convenience and carbon monoxide…

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 

Risk from carbon monoxide poisoning increases in winter
Cache Valley Daily
LOGAN — As the cold winter months continue, fire officials are reminding residents about the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning… Although everyone is susceptible to CO poisoning, the Utah Department of Health reports unborn babies, infants, the elderly, and people with respiratory problems are particularly at risk…

Firefighters issue warning after carbon monoxide scare
Milford Mercury
HAVERFORDWEST fire crews were called to a property on Dew Street at 8.42pm on Thursday evening after a carbon monoxide alarm was sounded… Firefighters responded by using two breathing apparatus to ventilate the property while the occupants were assessed by paramedics… The occupants were advised to leave the property and were provided with a new carbon monoxide alarm by the fire service…

Free carbon monoxide alarms for public
Sierra Star
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Cal Fire Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit, has announced that thanks to the generosity of The Smokey Bear Run/Walk, Carbon Monoxide Alarms will soon be distributed to families of Eastern Madera County... NOTE: A limited number of carbon monoxide alarms will be provided free of charge at each site. Families with young children and senior citizens are encouraged to get one…

Air in Birmingham shisha bars 'more polluted than Beijing' - and spilling out onto the streets
Birmingham Mail
In first UK study of its kind, University of Birmingham researchers looked into carbon monoxide (CO) and other fine particles in the air… The investigation into air quality inside 12 shisha bars across the city found dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, linked to asthma, lung cancer and low birth rate… The research also showed air pollution was spilling out onto the streets – meaning people walking past bars are breathing in the fumes, which contain tobacco smoke, a known carcinogen. Researchers found four times the particle matter outside shisha bars than on the side of the busy Tyburn Road…

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