Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Carbon Monoxide News September 13, 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.

“Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.” 
Dave Barry (1947, bio link)

"Nobody Knows You" Eric Clapton - 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.

The most recommended CO Alarm in U.S. is a high level alarm
Standard for Single and Multiple Station Carbon Monoxide Alarms
UL 2034
1.3 Carbon monoxide alarms covered by this standard are not intended to alarm when exposed to long-term, low-level carbon monoxide exposures or slightly higher short-term transient carbon monoxide exposures, possibly caused by air pollution and/or properly installed/maintained fuel-fired appliances and fireplaces…

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

Bob Dwyer
Carbon Monoxide Safety Association
COSA provides Carbon Monoxide safety education and training.

Featured News Links – More news links below
Carbon monoxide leak prompts William Reid School evacuation
MetroNews Canada
The Calgary Fire Department is praising staff and students at William Reid Elementary School for following their evacuation plan without a hitch Monday morning after the school's carbon monoxide alarms sounded, forcing the building to be emptied… "Crews found readings in the basement as high as 160 parts per million, however, the readings were much lower in the classrooms…

Officials: 8 taken to hospital after Freeport house fire
… including two off-duty police officers, were transported to a hospital suffering from smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide exposure… Smoke was so thick inside the burning Freeport home early Monday, a pair of off-duty police officers had to crawl on their hands and knees to get into the burning two-story structure… They could hear panicked screams from the family of six inside but could only get a glimpse of them because of the smoke…

Family holds vigil for victims poisoned by carbon monoxide in Columbus home
Columbus, GA (WTVM) - Family and friends of the three people who died from carbon monoxide poisoning at a home on Benning Drive held a candlelight vigil. Despite the pouring rain, they set up a makeshift tent using a tarp to cover the crowd… The crowd set up a display with large portraits of their loved ones and prayed well into the night for their eternal rest…

Tragic death of newlywed sparks warning over two fifths of Brits not having a carbon monoxide detector
The Sun
Katie, 31, was found unresponsive in a bath by her distraught new husband, after she inhaled deadly carbon monoxide from a faulty boiler in 2010… A YouGov poll, commissioned by the Katie Haines Memorial Trust, has revealed that two fifths of Brits do not have an carbon monoxide alarm to warn them of the deadly but odourless gas… The trust’s mission is to ensure everyone is aware of the dangers carbon monoxide poses…

South Africa: Trapped miners rescue halted over toxic gas concerns
The interruption comes after searchers raised concerns on high levels of carbon monoxide and an underground fire, a day after four miners were rescued. The number of missing miners is still unknown…

Fire department goes door to door installing smoke alarms after fatal fire
FOX13 Memphis
In the wake of that deadly house fire in South Memphis the Memphis Fire Department is conducting a Smoke Detector Blitz, going door to door checking and installing smoke detectors for free…

Ottawa firefighters come knocking to check on smoke alarms
CTV News
It’s the visit you want to get from firefighters, one that could greatly mitigate or even prevent a much less-desirable visit down the road… Members of Ottawa Fire Services are going door-to-door in neighbourhoods across the city this week to talk to people about smoke alarms…

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… 

Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips
National Fire Protection Association… If the CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel….

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

Warning! Air Pollution Could Lead to Diabetes
Nature World News
For the study, the researchers analyzed the data of 2,994 participants of the KORA (Cooperative Health Research in the Region Augsburg) F4 study conducted in southern Germany… With their comparison, the researchers were able to find a significant association between increases in blood marker levels and increases in air pollutant concentrations. Additionally, the researchers discovered that people with impaired glucose metabolism were particularly vulnerable to the effects of air pollution…

We're hard-wired to ignore climate change
Winnipeg Free Press
The truth is we’re virtually hard-wired to ignore climate change. Our evolutionary brains are attuned to immediate danger, prioritizing a visible threat over an implicit one. We are also a storytelling culture, better able to comprehend an issue when it is framed for us with clear antagonists and protagonists, stakes and consequences. Climate change is a characterless and amorphous threat to our future, until its fallouts directly affect us. So naturally we consider other politics more pressing…

Climate change is really bad for wheat — which is really bad for us
Washington Post
One of the biggest concerns about climate change is the effect it will have on agriculture. Many studies have suggested that rising temperatures could be harmful to farms around the world, although there’s plenty of uncertainty about how bad things will get and which food supplies we should worry about most… Now, a new study published Monday in Nature Climate Change reiterates concerns that wheat — the most significant single crop in terms of human consumption — might be in big trouble. After comparing multiple studies used to predict the future of global crop production, researchers have found that they all agree on one point: rising temperatures are going to be really bad for wheat production…

What is pneumonia, what are the symptoms, is it contagious and how is it treated?
The Sun
Bacteria and viruses are behind most cases of pneumonia – but it can also be caused by physical injury, chemicals such as chlorine fumes, or infectious agents such as parasites and fungi… There’s also what’s known as ‘walking pneumonia’ – so-called because sufferers feel well enough to get up and around. Unfortunately, this can lead to a delay in diagnosis and ultimately means symptoms can get worse…

Tidal wave of evidence can't be ignored
The Fayette Tribune
It is important that we, as a human race, figure out three things: how to dramatically reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, how to handle greenhouse gases that we do emit and how to light a fire under the seats of our elected representatives in Washington D.C. to admit the reality of where we are and address the issue via policy initiatives…

Norway's Oil Dilemma: To Drill or Not to Drill
News Deeply
Even as we were learning about the environmental crisis, we tripled oil production. How could we then pretend to be a country concerned about the environment? Well, Norway was instrumental in developing the Kyoto regime and the accounting process. The system was based on the burning of oil, and we didn’t burn that much. We use an enormous amount of electricity, because we have cheap electricity [mostly from hydropower]. So we came out OK. Still, the carbon dioxide pollution that comes with the production of oil increased many fold, and it destroyed the Norwegian carbon budget…

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…

To all parents everywhere; grief's pain alerts others
Out of tragedy comes the light of love 
Chester County Press 
Inside, Carly and Daulton had passed away from carbon monoxide poisoning. The gas tank was empty and the ignition was still on. Fumes from the exhaust had been drawn into the car through the air vents… “One of the best things for me is to talk to parents who have also lost a child,” Donna said.

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 

JEMS.com - ...site 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 - www.thesilentkiller.co.uk 

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