Friday, March 4, 2016

Carbon Monoxide News March 4, 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.

“Opinions are made to be changed - or how is truth to be got at?” 
Lord Byron (1788-1824, bio link)

"Amazing Grace" Jeff Beck - music link, instrumental mastery

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.

Awareness leads to quick thinking. Measurement leads to quick action.

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
Dozens evacuated by fire services could have faced unconsciousness 'or worse'
Residents of a five-storey apartment building in the Steelton area were evacuated in the early morning hours due to elevated carbon monoxide ...

Were there signs of danger prior to a fire that killed mom, 2 daughters?
GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (CBS46) - There are brand new details in a story catching the attention of the nation. Were there any signs of danger in the days and months leading up to a fire that killed a mother and her two daughters… In October 2015 a series of unfortunate events befell the Patterson household on Pointer Ridge in Gwinnett County, just northeast of Atlanta…

5 people survive carbon monoxide poisoning
Five people, including a baby, are expected to be all right after they suffered carbon monoxide poisoning… "In this case it was a large amount of CO in a short amount of time. Some were affected worse than others," Waterloo Fire Battalion Chief, Mike Moore said… Even though the generator was started near an outside door, Chief Moore said it wasn't enough ventilation…

Exclusive: Firefighter Patrick Wolterman died of smoke inhalation
Dayton Daily News
Autopsy results indicate, “the cause of death was determined to be smoke inhalation due to a house fire. Other significant conditions contributing to the death were carbon monoxide toxicity and thermal injuries. The state fire marshal confirmed that the fire was incendiary fire,” the report states…

Ignored Too Long: Kids' Health & The Crumbling Schoolhouse
Huffington Post
Ideally, child care and PK-12 school facilities are providing safe, healthy, nurturing, and academically challenging environments for all children. But too often, that is not the case. Lack of regulation and enforcement are big problems, so is no money for maintenance and repairs, but the really big one is no help for kids in harm's way…

Toddler, Woman Killed in Apartment Fire
According to the fire department, it was apparent that the fire had been burning undetected for an extended period of time before it was discovered… This type of smoldering fire generates highly toxic gases including carbon monoxide and cyanide which can quickly and silently incapacitate a person… 

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 

Firehouse Subs foundation gives grants locally
The Clermont Sun
The Public Safety Foundation is a nonprofit organization created by the founders of Firehouse Subs in an attempt to utilize their business to give back to communities by helping departments purchase life saving equipment, fund prevention education, give scholarships and help departments do continued education, give support to members of the military and provide disaster preparedness and disaster relief…

Kids encouraged to Push 2 Buttons
Windsor Star
Windsor Fire and Rescue Services is stepping up awareness about testing smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms with a fun initiative… Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless and tasteless. It is now mandatory that all homes have a working carbon monoxide and a smoke detector… They’ve launched the Push 2 Buttons campaign which is designed to get children involved with testing the devices. From now until Sunday, March 13, children can test the detectors and then enter in the number they tested an interactive smoke alarm at The number is added in the counter and then they can print off their own certificate…

Environmental groups look for greater distance between wells and people
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
About 25 group members attended a news conference Wednesday outside the DEP’s regional offices on Washington’s Landing, where speakers cited a new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives that indicates state-required setbacks between hydraulically fractured gas wells and homes may leave residents, schoolchildren and the public vulnerable to explosions, heat, toxic gas clouds and air pollution…

Carbon monoxide can be a silent killer in your own car
The Montreal health department is taking the opportunity, given the snow falling across Quebec, to warn citizens of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning in your vehicle…

Marshfield group donates pet oxygen masks to animal shelter
Wicked Local Marshfield
Carbon monoxide calls are more common than calls for fires, Cipullo said, noting the department has fielded three to four calls for carbon monoxide… 

How much carbon dioxide is produced per kilowatt hour when generating electricity with fossil fuels?
US Energy Information Administration
Energy Information Administration - EIA - Official Energy Statistics from the U.S. Government... 

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