Saturday, April 23, 2016

Carbon Monoxide News April 23, 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.

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832, bio link)

"Song For Our Ancestors" Steve Miller Band - 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.

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
14 People Gathered for Passover in New Rochelle Hospitalized After Carbon Monoxide Leak
Talk of the Sound
NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- 14 people were taken to area hospitals after a Carbon Monoxide leak at a private residence in New Rochelle, NY…

Fire victim died of smoke inhalation and Carbon monoxide poisoning
The fire originated in a bedroom and appears to have started on a bed which was ignited by smoking materials. Mr. Richardson went back into the room in an attempt to extinguish the fire and did not come out when the other occupants evacuated. The cause of the fire appears to accidental…

Carbon monoxide issue results in Great Escape Lodge evacuation
Glens Falls Post-Star
QUEENSBURY | Hundreds of guests at Great Escape Lodge were evacuated late Thursday after a carbon monoxide detector was triggered… Queensbury Central Fire Chief Adam Norton said slightly elevated levels of carbon monoxide were found in the basement where the boiler was…

Warnings issued after flood recedes
Hospital offers safety tips for home repairs
The Tribune
The deluge that struck the Houston area this week left behind hundreds of flooded homes and buildings and caused millions in damages. As residents begin the long, arduous process of necessary cleaning and repairs, the Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute care team wants owners to protect themselves as they dry out their homes, tear out drywall and navigate debris piles… Never operate a generator inside your home or garage. Generator use is a major cause of poisoning by carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless gas that causes sudden illness and death if inhaled…

Police find woman dead, man unresponsive from carbon monoxide poisoning
MT. MORRIS, MI -- No one else was in the home at the time… Becker said investigators believe the couple had a generator running inside the home for 10 to 12 hours the night before. The pair appeared to be sleeping when police arrived…

Authorities in a Phoenix suburb say an alarm saved the lives of a family of five at risk of poisoning ...
Daily Journal
PEORIA, Arizona — The children were transported to a hospital in serious but stable condition… According to the Fire-Medical Department, a work vehicle with a generator had been running in the driveway during the day. That resulted in an accumulation of gas in the garage. The gas then made its way further into the home when the garage was closed up…

Dilapidated SUV believed to have caused carbon-monoxide deaths
HACKENSACK – A broken tailpipe and faulty catalytic converter are believed to have caused the carbon-monoxide deaths of two friends found inside a parked Chevy Tracker ...

Two brothers die after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning
Two brothers aged two and four from Buda village of Calarasi district died poisoned by carbon monoxide… According to the press officer of the Service for Civil Protection and Emergencies Diana Turcanu, the brothers died poisoned by carbon monoxide after live coals fell from the stove…

Everyday documentation – one city’s example
Jamestown Fire Department calls
Jamestown Sun
… ready squad responded to 624 9th Ave. NW, single-family dwelling, to investigate carbon monoxide detector activation. Firefighters analyzed for carbon monoxide and 38 ppm was detected. Occupants were advised to have their furnace repaired by a qualified person or firm. Cause: possible faulty furnace. Time out: 1 hour 10 minutes…

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 

Opinion: These two changes in the ocean are downright scary
The oceans are warmer and more acidic than ever before in recorded history, and likely ever since modern humans evolved. That should worry everyone alive today… Why? As go the oceans, so goes the health of the globe. Oceans produce more than half the oxygen we breathe, and are critical to regulating the climate. They have absorbed at least 90% of the heat from global warming since 1970, and continue to absorb 2 billion tons of carbon dioxide every year, equal to the weight of all the oil carried by supertankers annually…

Paris sets the stage for a clean energy revolution
The Boston Globe
The good news is, as the United States has shown, carbon dioxide emissions can be cut substantially, and without harming the economy…

Signing of International Climate Agreement is a Boon for our Oceans
Natural Resources Defense Council
As an oceans scientist I’m cheered by our leaders gathering today at the United Nations to sign the international agreement on global climate action. More people grow concerned about the future each year as they experience first-hand the impacts of climate change, from extreme flooding to more intense wildfires, to drought, and sea-level rise…

New analysis traces the impact of volcanic activity on climate change
Yale News
A geology-based analysis of Earth’s climate history over the past 700 million years provides evidence that climate change has occurred traditionally through slow shifts in the release of carbon dioxide — a stark contrast to today’s rapid release of carbon dioxide… Scientists at Yale, the University of Texas-Austin, and Rice University created a global database of volcanic activity going back 720 million years, in order to study the ebb and flow of warm and cold climate that Earth has experienced. The findings appear in the April 22 edition of the journal Science…

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