Monday, April 11, 2016

Carbon Monoxide News April 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.

“There is nothing to fear except the persistent refusal to find out the truth, the persistent refusal to analyze the causes of happenings.”
Dorothy Thompson (1893-1961, bio link)

"Beware of Darkness" George Harrison - music link, live

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

Know how your U.L. 2034 Listed CO alarm works 
(and in Canada the CSA 6.19 CO Alarm)
False CO alarms tax resources, emotions
Since January, the department has already fielded 56 calls involving carbon monoxide. Fifty-three ended up being false alarms, with the majority involving homeowners who didn’t understand that their alarm beeping once (rather than four times in a row) did not put them in imminent danger… There’s a financial cost to the false alarms as well. Pipe says it costs the county $500 every time a fire truck rolls out of the station to investigate a call…

Walmart boosts Attleboro Council on Aging
The Sun Chronicle
Walmart boosts Attleboro Council on Aging Walmart donated $2,500 worth of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to the Attleboro Council on Aging ...

At least 14 people get poisoned by carbon monoxide in Kyrgyz State University's dormitory fire News Agency
At least 14 people were taken to the 4th city hospital with symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of fire in a dormitory of the Kyrgyz State ... According to the deputy chief of department of the State Fire Service for Oktyabr district of Bishkek Maksat Beysheev, the fire has been suppressed in 45 minutes. "There was a lot of smoke, many students were in panic, we asked them to remain calm and give recommendations on getting to a safe place…

Region remembers the "The 8" with song, praise
Delmarva Daily Times
Comfort, he said, is knowing that the tragedy has drawn attention to the dangers of carbon monoxide…

Local government and faith communities come together on climate change
Virginia - Organized by the Fairfax County-based Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions (FACS), the summit brought state and local government officials together with community members and activists to discuss what the county and state are doing, and what more needs to be done, to address climate change… “This is a community challenge. It’s a community responsibility,” Pat Hynes, chairman of the Fairfax County school board and Hunter Mill district representative, said…

Winnie Drop recreational trailers recalled
The refrigerator compartment may not be completely sealed and thus may allow carbon monoxide to enter the main cabin… Carbon monoxide entering the main cabin can increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, or possible death…

Please, stop diagnostic errors; start testing for carboxyhemoglobin
Carbon Monoxide Intoxication
Journal of Neurology and Neuroscience
Carbon monoxide (CO) intoxication is one of the main causes of poisoning in industrialized countries and it often leads to diagnostic errors,… 

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 

Gas-fired power plant going up in Lordstown, $890 million project will use Ohio and PA shale gas
The plant is a combined cycle gas turbine. This means the waste heat from the combustion in the turbine is used to make steam to spin an integrated steam turbine. A combined cycle turbine can produce as much as 50 percent more power than a traditional gas combustion turbine. The technology is far more efficient than traditional coal-fire power plants and produces about half the carbon dioxide…

Judge Denies Motions by Fossil Fuel Industry and Federal Government in Landmark Climate ...
These plaintiffs sued the federal government for violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty and property, and their right to essential public trust resources, by permitting, encouraging and otherwise enabling continued exploitation, production and combustion of fossil fuels…

Dominion's power play
Washington Post
The utility could have planned to haul the coal ash out by truck or rail to inland landfills with no discharge into rivers. It claims the estimated $3 billion price tag is too expensive. Instead, the permits allow Dominion to dump waste with toxic arsenic and hexavalent chromium, among other nasty chemicals, into waters used for drinking, swimming and fishing…

Massachusetts water systems test over federal lead limit
Boston Herald
BOSTON — Water systems serving more than 264,000 Massachusetts residents have had testing samples exceed the federal lead standard at least once during the past three years… While more than half of the waters systems are privately owned and serve a relatively tiny slice of the state's population of 6.7 million, a handful of larger municipal systems have had testing samples above the standard of 15 parts per billion since 2013…

Asthmatic children wear monitors to track levels of pollution on way to school
Evening Standard
Asthmatic children are wearing pollution monitors and GPS trackers to measure how much noxious air they breathe in walking to school for a major study by a team of London scientists… Queen Mary University of London researchers are examining whether children and teenagers can lessen the air pollution to which they are exposed while walking along the capital’s traffic-choked main roads and waiting at junctions…

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