Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Carbon Monoxide News October 25, 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.

“A healthy human environment is one in which we try to make sense of our limits, of the accidents that can always befall us and the passage of time which inexorably changes us.” Rowan Williams (1950, bio link)

"Change" Christina Aguilera - music link

Daily News Links Are Below These Opening Questions And Warnings
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… 

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Dryden family treated for CO poisoning
Four people including three children required treatment in hospital after a carbon monoxide leak this morning in their Dryden home… A CO alarm alerted the children’s mother to the fact there was a problem in the residence… Dryden Fire Chief Ken Kurz said firefighters arrived to find the occupants had been exhibiting symptoms of CO poisoning including vomiting…

Hot water heater blamed for carbon monoxide leak
“The CO alarm he has in his home he received from our foundation. So the good news is, number one, nothing happened to them, and really it’s a direct result of exactly what we’re trying to do.” The detector alerted Moyer to a carbon monoxide leak in his home last week. A 16-year-old hot water heater released carbon monoxide into the home… John Gignac, founder and executive director of the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for CO Education, said. “It’s the only fundraiser we have and Terry comes every year and supports our foundation…

High carbon monoxide level detected in Monroe home
CT Post
MONROE — Fortunately the residents of the Moose Hill Road home were not there when the alarm was reported at 8:45 p.m. on Saturday, said Kevin Catalano, the fire department spokesman… “Upon arrival, firefighters identified an odor in the backyard consistent with an oil furnace malfunction,’’ Catalano said. “Firefighters made entry into the home and using gas detection meters, immediately detected carbon monoxide levels of 450 parts per million; a level that can cause severe illness after one to two hours of exposure.’’

PG&E offers safety check for gas appliances
Redding Record Searchlight
To reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, leaking gas or fires, Pacific Gas and Electric offers customers a free in-home check of gas appliances… During a safety check demonstration at a west Redding home, a technician looked at a gas stove, furnace and water heater… Last year from October to December, PG&E performed 102,543 safety checks throughout its service area…

Utilities Remind MI Residents Of Carbon Monoxide Dangers
This is the time of year when Michigan utilities want you to start thinking about the dangers of carbon monoxide… Consumers Energy spokesperson Debra Dodd tells WSJM News home appliances are the most common cause of carbon monoxide leaks, so there are preventive steps you can take…

Carbon monoxide problem at town of Ulster apartment complex traced to faulty boiler
The Daily Freeman
TOWN OF ULSTER - A malfunctioning boiler caused the high levels of carbon monoxide that forced the evacuation of about 50 people from the Ulster Gardens apartment complex, the town supervisor said Monday… No injuries or illnesses were reported, and Quigley said the carbon monoxide alarms worked “as they were designed” to alert authorities…

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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]

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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

Vehicles choking Haridwar roads major culprits in polluting city's air
Times of India
HARIDWAR: The number of vehicles registered annually on the roads of Haridwar have increased by over 60 per cent in the last seven years, and are one of the major contributing factors of rising air pollution levels in the holy city. Open burning of garbage and dry leaves which TOI has been highlighting repeatedly, are the other major sources of the air getting murkier day by day in the city…

New solar project to launch this week
Martinsburg Journal
The fully installed photovoltaic solar system consists of 1,170 ground mounted and 1,876 roof mounted solar panels installed at the Horizon Goodwill Headquarters in Hagerstown… “It is important for our nonprofit organization to be conscientious with all of our resources including our environmental assets,” said CEO John McCain. “We are devoted to being an environmental leader in our industry, as well as, a pioneer in the way corporations mitigate their carbon footprint. Saving money on power consumption is of utmost importance, so we can utilize as much of our capital as possible on the individuals we serve.”

Greenhouse gases milestone shows need for action - WMO
Thomson Reuters Foundation
OSLO/GENEVA, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Greenhouse gases rose to a symbolic milestone in 2015, taking climate change into a new phase which could last generations even if governments act to curb man-made global warming, the U.N. World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Monday… "The year 2015 ushered in a new era of optimism and climate action with the Paris climate change agreement. But it will also make history as marking a new era of climate change reality with record high greenhouse gas concentrations," WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said in a statement… "The key issue here is to go from this kind of political will to concrete action," he told a news conference in Geneva. "So far we haven't seen a major change in the behaviour."

Why investor pressure is growing on oil and gas firms to tackle methane emissions
Business Green
Methane, despite having a far more powerful global warming effect, often plays second fiddle to carbon dioxide when policymakers and businesses are focusing on how to cut greenhouse gas emissions… Certainly, CO2 makes up a larger proportion of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, but methane traps heat 40 times more effectively as carbon dioxide and is thought to be responsible for around a quarter of global warming happening today…

Carbon dioxide disrupts fish senses
Pan European Networks
A team of climate change marine biologists at Exeter University, UK, studied rising CO2 and found that it can disrupt sight, hearing and smell in fish… By disrupting these senses, high levels of CO2 can alter the way fish behave, causing certain fish to ignore sounds that warn them of risks, or lead them to swim towards predator smells rather than away from them…

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