Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Carbon Monoxide News November 29, 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.

“I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me.” Anna Quindlen (1952, bio link)

"Look Into The Sun" 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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We have been following the following story for a while…and are surprised it took them so long to figure this one out.
Carbon monoxide at Elyria factory linked to tow motors
Chronicle Telegram
“We checked the overhead heating units because that's a pretty common place for carbon monoxide leaks, but those weren't… the carbon monoxide levels were about four parts per million. When the sicknesses were being reported, the levels were about 70 parts per million in the building and 50 parts per million near the doorway… On Saturday, fire Capt. Carl Mack said any level more than 10 parts per million is considered abnormal and those between 10 and 99 could cause health problems or be toxic…

Hamilton apartment building evacuated due to carbon monoxide
HAMILTON -- Firefighters evacuated the McCorristin Square senior apartments on Leonard Avenue Monday after carbon monoxide filled the building, officials said… Township Fire Chief Chris Tozzi said the part per million (PPM) readings fire companies were getting on their detectors was in the hundreds, a dangerous level, so the conducted a systematic search and evacuation of the complex…

Carbon monoxide forces partial evacuation in Wauconda
Chicago Daily Herald
A heater emitting carbon monoxide into a pool area caused part of a Wauconda health care facility to be evacuated to other areas of the building… Because of the odor of chlorine and the possibility of an unknown chemical release, a still alarm was issued, bringing in help from additional fire departments… Firefighters eventually determined that no chemicals were released and that a heater emitting carbon monoxide caused the alarm…

Family on P.E.I. suffers carbon monoxide poisoning from generator
The Journal Pioneer
MURRAY HARBOUR, P.E.I. – The home owners had a generator installed on the property that was being used as a result of the power outages in Kings County. The generator developed an issue with the exhaust ventilation, which had been venting outside the residence… Some of the occupants phoned in a medical distress… All occupants were treated on scene but some were also taken to hospital for further treatment/observation, said a statement from the RCMP…

Fire call blamed on chimney vent connector
Times Herald-Record
He said that the fire department found high levels of carbon monoxide. The building was evacuated and vented until…

Carbon monoxide nearly kills Brandon family
Brandon Sun
A Brandon family is recovering from a scary reminder of the dangers of carbon monoxide over the weekend…

Officials stressing importance of carbon monoxide detectors
BURTON, SC (WTOC) - Firefighters call it 'the silent killer'...carbon monoxide. Just this past weekend, one family in Beaufort had a close call when it was detected in their home. They were some of the lucky ones. If undetected, there may be fatal consequences… We caught up with the Burton Fire District - who responded to the dangerous call - about what people can do to protect themselves. Officials say this is time of year when folks really need to be careful…

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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

Just Ask Us: What should I do if my car gets stuck in snow?
When stranded for long periods of time, run the engine and heater for only about 10 minutes each hour to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning…

Cleaveland: Is Chattanooga just Beijing on the Tennessee River?
Chattanooga Times Free Press – by Dr. Clif Cleaveland
For several days earlier in the month, the Chattanooga region experienced air pollution that rivaled the levels that constantly afflict Beijing and other booming cities in China and India… Acrid smoke from brush and forest fires blanketed the area, endangering health and limiting visibility. Those of us who have lived here for decades were reminded of the dense smog that periodically fouled our air in the past. Cleaning of that once-dirty air represents a major collaborative effort of industry, federal and state regulators and environmental activists…

Chimney Fire Displaces Orem Family Indefinitely
It was just before 8 on Sunday morning when Brett Error and his daughter Sarah smelled smoke, then noticed that their fireplace itself was on fire, flames crackling behind the stone facade… "I could actually see some orange between like a hairline crack and then I got close and I listened and I could hear some noises inside," Brett told ABC4 Utah News. "It just kind of burned all the way up through the chimney and got into the attic space and then spread from there."…

21 fined for open waste burning
Hindustan Times
As per health department officials garbage burning leads to a large emission of carbon monoxide, particulate matter, sulphur dioxide and… The development comes a month after section 144 CrPC was enforced during the smog crisis. The order banned the burning of waste, dry leaves, plastic, and other material that could worsen air quality…

Thunderstorm asthma: 8 dead in Australia from freak illness
Thousands were hospitalized in Melbourne and other parts of Victoria last Monday with breathing problems due to a rare combination of weather… Thunderstorm asthma occurs when a storm hits during a period of unusually high pollen and high humidity, causing the grains to break up and disperse, entering people's lungs and making it hard for them to breathe…

Dr. Wood: Wood smoke stokes memories, but breathing issues too
The Olympian
We’re just a few weeks from the official start of winter and the weather is starting to reflect it. As the temperatures drop, many of us start stoking up the fireplace or wood stove. Many have great memories associated with family gatherings around a cozy fire… Unfortunately, breathing in wood smoke can affect your health and that of others. Some effects can be headaches, irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, coughing or difficulty breathing. Children, older adults, and people with heart or lung diseases are most likely to be affected…

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