Thursday, December 1, 2016

Carbon Monoxide News December 1, 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.

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” 
Matsuo Basho (1644-1694, bio link)

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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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Three hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoning in Green Bay
When firefighters entered the home, a carbon monoxide detector on one of the firefighters EMS bag went off… Upon checking the levels in the home, crews found extremely high levels above 1000 ppm of carbon monoxide… After finding an unconscious child, the home was evacuated and all people in the home were treated, and two were taken to an Appleton hospital for additional treatment in a hyperbaric chamber… The CO detector in the home was found to be inoperable and past its expiration date…

Long Beach Ice Arena closed for carbon monoxide scare
City officials closed the Long Beach Ice Arena for several hours Wednesday after youth hockey players reported feeling sick during the previous night’s practice… Firefighters then found elevated carbon monoxide levels — in some areas, as high as seven times safe levels…

10 Hospitalized for Carbon Monoxide Exposure in Port Washington
Ten people were hospitalized after becoming ill from carbon monoxide fumes that came from a Port Washington restaurant Wednesday morning, police say… According to authorities, Eastern Strawberry Restaurant, located at 704 Port Washington Blvd., was having floors power washed with a gas power washer inside the building…

Fire official talks Christmas tree, winter heating safety
Stephenville Empire-Tribune
… With natural gas or propane space and wall heaters make sure there is enough air supply… “Home heaters must have an air supply. Without it, they may produce carbon monoxide,” Schrumpf said. “Make sure that pilot lights are working properly and turn off the heaters if you smell fumes, your eyes sting or if you feel dizzy or nauseated.” Never use the kitchen stove to heat your home and never store flammable liquids near heaters… “Make sure your tree is not blocking an exit. In case there is a fire, you want a way to get out,” …

Winter Weather Awareness Day is today
"The first thing you should do is to have carbon monoxide detectors because we're getting out the heaters, the furnaces are kicking on and we don't want to build up the carbon monoxide in the home," said Hayes. "[You] need non-perishable food in case [you] lose electricity for a couple of days."…

Carbon monoxide awareness event Saturday
Goshen News
ELKHART — The Lindsey O'Brien Kesling Wishing Tree Foundation is hosting a Carbon Monoxide Awareness and Prevention event… There will be a limited number of CO alarms distributed free of charge at Saturday’s event. There will be demonstrations, refreshments and visits with Santa courtesy of the Elkhart Fire Department… Lindsey O’Brien Kesling was 22 years old when she and her canine companion, Chillbe, died in her Scottsdale, Arizona, apartment from accidental CO poisoning…

Nebraska Strengthens carbon Monoxide Protection With New Legislation
Newell Brands
… Nebraska is taking a step forward in stopping a silent killer with new legislation effective Jan. 1, 2017. The Carbon Monoxide Safety Act (Legislative Bill 34) will require that carbon monoxide (CO) alarm devices be installed in all new and existing homes and apartments… At that time, all residential dwellings state-wide, including single- and multi-family housing and apartments, must be equipped with the proper number of CO alarms. This includes rental properties once a new tenant takes possession of the dwelling. The effective date coincides with National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month, observed every January to raise awareness for the winter spike in CO incidents…

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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

Air quality issues within Broward County's old courthouse ...
CBS Local
FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — 50 additional workers in the East Wing of the building that was built in the 1990’s say they are developing rashes and breathing problems. That is on top of the 150 workers with the State Attorney’s office who asked to be moved two weeks ago…

City air quality turns 'severe', threatens even the 'healthy'
Millennium Post
The ‘very poor’ air quality can lead to illness, while ‘severe’ threatens even the healthier lot. As per India Meteorological Department (IMD), the visibility would continue dropping due to the smog… The Air Quality Index (AQI) on Wednesday reached 410 which is labelled ‘severe’ or the red zone while it was 368 or ‘very poor’ on Tuesday and 229 or ‘poor’ on Monday…

Researchers Propose New Biochar Technique to Scrub Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
Cornell University The Cornell Daily Sun
Carbon emissions, largely as a result of burning fossil fuels, are not likely to halt anytime soon. Some scientists have started organizing backup plans; most notably, finding a way to grab some of this atmospheric carbon and store it in the Earth... “The critical thing at this point in time is to reduce emissions as rapidly as we are able to do so. However, in the event that we cannot, as a global community, manage to reduce emissions fast enough, we will still end up with a surplus of CO2 in the atmosphere that we need to deal with,” said Dr. Dominic Woolf, soil and crop sciences, and lead author of a recent study that focussed on a new way to sequester more CO2 into the Earth and out of the atmosphere…

ALERT: Northeastern US Coast to Experience More Frequent, Powerful Hurricanes in the Future
Nature World News
The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, showed that the expansion of atmospheric circulation belts driven by the increasing carbon dioxide emissions is shifting the weather pattern. These changes in the weather pattern are causing the hurricane track to move northwards from western Caribbean towards the northern North America over the past few hundred years…

Saskatchewan, Canada reach equivalency deal on coal-fired power plants
Although Canada is moving to phase out coal-fired power plants, the Saskatchewan government says it has reached a "equivalency" deal with Ottawa with rules more to its liking… The federal deal calls for a phase-out of coal-burning power stations by 2030, so that 90 per cent of Canada's electricity will come from hydro, nuclear, wind, solar and other non-coal sources…

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