Thursday, November 17, 2016

Carbon Monoxide News November 17, 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.

“We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882, bio link)

"These are the days" Van Morrison - 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… 

Featured News Links – More news links below

Safety season
Minot Daily News
“There’s always a lot of cooking going on and lots of people,” said Brian Anderson, Minot fire marshal… Home heating is another area of concern… “We’ve seen some pretty crazy things people do so they don’t have to turn on the furnace,”… “Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas. There’s no way to know about it unless you have a carbon monoxide detector, outside sleeping rooms especially,” said Anderson. “Smoke detectors are important too.”

Nine Yamaguchi tunnel workers hospitalized due to apparent carbon monoxide poisoning
The Japan Times
Police began investigating Thursday an industrial water tunnel in Yamaguchi Prefecture where nine workers were hospitalized the previous day on suspicion of carbon monoxide poisoning… The Yamaguchi Prefectural Government said none of the workers was in a life-threatening situation, but seven will likely be in hospital for some time…

'We lost the baby': Edmonton couple miscarries after carbon monoxide poisoning
Three weeks ago, the Turi family was rushed to hospital suffering symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning…

WPS shares carbon monoxide hunter safety tips
Wisconsin Public Service advises all outdoor hunting and fishing enthusiasts returning to their cabins, shacks, campers and tents to be extra careful when restarting their heating system… Hunters should also check the quality of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors… According WPS, CO is the most common cause of fatal poisoning. In most CO deaths, the victims died in their sleep…

Local emergency officials want Four States to be prepared for when winter weather strikes 
Four States Homepage
He adds that during this time of year there often are multiple fires caused by electrical issues… "It's bad electric cords, bad plug-ins, extension cords that are over loaded, people running cords underneath chairs, underneath carpets and they get over heated and then they start a fire,"… And in an effort to keep warm, more than 200 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning, and thousands of others develop symptoms that require emergency medical attention… "Carbon monoxide is odorless and its colorless. It's not like the odor you can smell off a gasoline engine, so we've had a few where people have put their generators in a garage instead of having them outside, … winter's coming and it can be very dangerous if you don't prepare. So, the idea here is to have a kit, have a plan and be aware," said Keith Stammer of Jasper County Emergency Management…

Double check your smoke alarm, Millions being recalled
FOX31 Denver
WASHINGTON — Kidde NightHawk is recalling 3.6 million combo smoke and carbon monoxide alarms due to a possible alarm failure… According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the alarm can fail to chirp once it reaches its end of life, if the batteries are replaced…

500-plus expected for Rock Hill race to help charity for child carbon monoxide victim
The Herald
Jeffrey, 11, from Rock Hill, died in 2013 at a Boone motel from carbon monoxide poisoning. His family started the foundation to raise awareness… One of Rock Hill’s fastest growing holiday traditions for those who can run or even just walk returns Saturday with the 6th Annual Gobble Wobble races… And this year, the event, with more than 500 runners and walkers expected, will raise money for a charity created to honor a child who died in 2013 in the hopes that no child ever dies from carbon monoxide poisoning again…

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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

Thousands of dead fish clogged a New York canal. Why?
Washington Post
This isn't Shinnecock Canal's first fish kill. The Daily News reported that the tiny waterway has seen others caused by algae blooms. In these die-offs, vast films of algae covering the water's surface suck up the available oxygen, leaving none for the fish. (Though algae photosynthesize during the day, exhaling oxygen, when the sun is down, they can consume oxygen.) Low dissolved oxygen can also result from high temperatures (warm water can't hold as much dissolved oxygen), poor circulation of water (to the despair of many a fish-tank owner — and their fish) and large amounts of other dissolved minerals in the water…

Objections to construction of two coal-fired power stations dismissed
Mail & Guardian
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has dismissed objections to the country building two new coal-fired power stations… This will mean 16-million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent will be added to the atmosphere. The power stations will also use up water in areas that are already water stressed, at a time when the country is toying with its third year of drought…

29% of Water Deemed Unsuitable for Human Consumption in China's Top Coal Province
We know that Trump digs coal, but of all the fossil fuels, coal is Earth's biggest polluter. The environmental impact of the coal industry is vast and devastating. And now, production of this cheap energy source has rendered nearly a third of the surface water in China's largest coal province unsuitable for human consumption…

Research shows Indonesian wildfires exposed 69 million to unhealthy air pollution
Wildfires in Indonesia and Borneo exposed 69 million people to unhealthy air pollution and are responsible for thousands of premature deaths, new research has shown… The study, published today in Scientific Reports, gives the most accurate picture yet of the impact on human health of the wildfires which ripped through forest and peatland in Equatorial Asia during the autumn of 2015…

Air quality reaches dangerous levels; officials advise staying indoors
HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) - Wildfire smoke can travel hundreds of miles and cause a variety of health risks, its why officials are on high alert… The Chattanooga Hamilton county Air Pollution Control Bureau issued a code red which means it is unhealthy to everyone in the area…

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 - 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