Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Carbon Monoxide News November 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.

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” 
Henry Adams (1838-1918, bio link)

"Teacher" Jethro Tull - 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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The story doesn’t say but we hope these are low level monitors
Carbon Monoxide alarms to be worn by Lincoln community nurses
The Lincolnite
“I’m delighted that we can provide these alarms to the community nurses in Lincoln. As the nurses regularly visit homes across the city, it is a great way for us to ensure people stay safe in their homes. ” 

'Unsung hero of Edmonton music scene' fell victim to carbon monoxide poisoning
Regina Leader-Post
Edmonton musician and record label owner Steve Steffler died Sunday after exposure to carbon monoxide… Once a co-owner of the Bohemia bar and nightclub, friends say Steffler sought out new music, and gave many local bands their first gigs — especially experimental musicians… was the victim of carbon monoxide poisoning at a north Edmonton house on Sunday. A buildup of the odourless, poisonous gas also killed a cat and sent four other people to hospital…

16 sick from carbon monoxide
Salisbury Post
SALISBURY — A generator brought inside to heat a Lloyd Street house appears to be behind the carbon monoxide poisoning of 16 people… Seven people were taken by helicopter Tuesday to Duke Medical Center to receive treatment for carbon monoxide poisoning, and eight were treated at Novant Health Rowan, according to WBTV News…

Locals suffer carbon monoxide poisoning
Point Pleasant Register
Multiple people were sickened by a case of carbon monoxide poisoning at a home in Burdette Addition on Tuesday… it appears the home’s furnace had malfunctioned… There were no carbon monoxide detectors in the home…

Dodge County Sheriff Releases More Information on Deer Hunter's Death
Inside the cabin they found the two men… A 46-year-old Milwaukee man who did not survive, and his 69-year-old father who was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries… Right now he is in intensive care… The sheriff’s office along with the Dodge County Medical Examiner's Office are trying to figure out exactly what happened, but say the early signs point to this being a carbon monoxide poisoning…

Vallejo Fire Department urges residents to be careful in kitchen on Thanksgiving
Vallejo Times Herald
As of 2011, all California single-family homes are required to have a carbon monoxide detector…

The majority of us know it can kill - but can you name the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?
The Sun
ONE in ten parents wrongly think you can smell a potentially deadly carbon monoxide leak, while only 6 per cent can name the symptoms of CO…

Is Some Store-Bought Meat Blasted With Carbon Monoxide to Keep it Red and Juicy?
CBS 8 San Diego
How could a piece of meat look so fresh after being left unrefrigerated for 11 days?... It's because it's been packed and gassed in a special process that most people never heard about that uses harmless amounts of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and nitrogen, which keeps the meat looking fresh and bright red for longer periods. The process is safe, but some people think that bright red color could be misleading consumers…

National Grid warns heavy snow can pose natural gas dangers
Utica Observer Dispatch
Ice and snow can block the vents on natural gas appliances, causing carbon monoxide to back up into the building and putting those inside at risk, according to Natonal Grid. Natural gas customers should clear their vents and install carbon monoxide detectors to keep their homes safe from a silent, odorless killer…

Three North Korean workers hospitalised by Russian fire
NK News
Ambulance crew took the injured people to the poison control center as they were diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. Nobody died,”… The fire occurred at Irkutsk State University on the second floor of a building where the university’s gym is located, according to the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Siberian division…

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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

Code orange air quality alert issued for Hamilton County
Chattanooga Times Free Press
The Air Quality Index is predicted to be 101 on Wednesday, which means the air could have health effects for up to 50 percent of the population…

Less than a week to complete air quality survey
Falmouth Packet
Cornwall Council’s two month consultation ends on November 28, but people can still comment on the strategy by completing online surveys, emailing Cornwall Council on, posting their comments to the Council or handing them in at a one stop shop…

Heavy snowfall temporarily clears 'life-threatening' air pollutionin Tehran
The snow has temporarily cleared the air following weeks of heavy smog and pollution in the Iranian capital. More than 400 people are reported to have died as a direct result of the recent poor conditions…

Canada speeds up transition to clean energy while Trump sees a future for fossil fuels
The government of Canada has announced that it is to accelerate its investments in clean energy while, in the U.S., President-elect Donald Trump has backed cutting red tape for fossil fuels… On Monday Catherine McKenna, Canada's minister for environment and climate change, said that the country would speed up the transition from traditional coal power to clean energy by 2030…

Washington carbon capture project says it has permanently sequestered CO2
Utility Dive
With interest in carbon capture running high, scientists working on the ... possible to capture carbon dioxide and store it underground in mineral form, making it impossible for escape, Climate Central reports… The project has successfully injected CO2 into underground lava flows, with the gas then solidifying into a mineral called ankerite in just a couple of years…

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