Saturday, December 17, 2016

Carbon Monoxide News December 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.

“Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different.”
Katherine Mansfield (1888 - 1923, bio link)

"Sunny Side of Heaven" Fleetwood Mac - 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

Evacuation of Winnipeg business prompts revisit of apparent heart attack death
MetroNews Canada
WINNIPEG — Officials have determined a person who died after he was found unresponsive from an apparent heart attack at a Winnipeg business was actually the victim of carbon monoxide poisoning, the result of a faulty chimney…

Walmart evacuated as firefighters investigate possible carbon monoxide leak
Greensburg Daily News
As such, all shoppers and associates within the store were evacuated. Associates boarded school buses to keep warm while emergency personnel investigated the situation. Police officers stood at both main entrances to keep people from entering the building… An ambulance, two fire trucks, two police cars and a Vectren Energy Delivery truck were stationed outside the entrances as well…

Stove used for home heating caused fatal fire east of downtown, TFD says
Tulsa World
Using gas appliances not designed to be a home-heating source can lead to the buildup of carbon monoxide and result in poisoning… It took firefighters 10 to 15 minutes to extinguish the blaze, and when they entered the home they found the grandmother dead on the living room floor… Using gas appliances not designed to be a home-heating source can lead to the buildup of carbon monoxide and result in poisoning that sometimes is fatal… Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are flu-like and can include lethargy and headaches…

2 suffer carbon monoxide poisoning in Durham apartment building
DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Carbon monoxide poisoning sent two people to the hospital and others were evacuated at an apartment complex… dispatched to 1500 Duke University Road for a call regarding an unconscious person, Durham Fire Department Deputy Chief Chris Ianuzzi said in a release… The call was then escalated to a hazmat incident when high levels of CO were discovered in at least two apartment buildings… Officials suspect the source of the CO was a boiler that was turned on around 10 p.m. Thursday in order to provide extra heat for each apartment with the frigid temperatures in the area…

Fire officials urge installation of CO detectors
NBC Montana
MISSOULA, Mont. - Missoula Rural Fire officials say this time of year calls for carbon monoxide leaks have increased to almost 12 a week… The leading causing of CO leaks are propane generators and water heaters…

Year-round boat dwellers at risk during cold snap
Const. Jamie Gibson said trying to stay warm on the water can be potentially deadly… "Carbon monoxide poisoning and fires are the two major issues," Gibson said. "Of course, with this extreme cold, there is also the possibility of succumbing to hypothermia." Three fires have been reported aboard boats so far this winter…

Heating safety tips from state fire marshal
St. Helens Chronicle
Although woodstove and fireplace-related fires are more common, the most deadly home heating fires result from combustibles to close to portable electric heaters… Use proper fire starters. Proper fire starters include newspaper, kindling, or specially manufactured starters designed for indoor use. Never use flammable liquid, such as lighter fluid, kerosene, or gasoline to start a fire… Never burn charcoal indoors. Burning charcoal can release lethal amounts of carbon monoxide…

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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

Indoor Pool Air Quality: Addressing One of the Nation's Most Underrated Issues
Swimming World Magazine
At the 2013 USA Swimming Winter Junior National Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina, 2016 Olympian Caeleb Dressel was hospitalized in the middle of the meet. The reason? The air quality… The Greensboro Aquatic Center is just one of myriad pools across the nation that repeatedly leaves swimmers struggling to catch their breath. Violent coughing, burning eyes, and dry and blotchy skin afflict almost any swimmer who has ever swum in an indoor pool…

Air quality problems prompt Dallas to move middle school students
American School & University
Poor air quality at Sarah Zumwalt Middle School in Dallas has persuaded the district to move students to a new campus after winter break…

Inversions prompt EPA to bump Utah pollution status to 'serious'
Deseret News
"2017 will be critical for making the best possible plan to meet those targets and protect our families for years to come."…

Warsaw public transport free for a day due to air pollution
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The city of Warsaw mas made public transportation free for a day due to heightened air pollution, a step meant to encourage residents to leave their cars at home… Poland, which burns large amounts of coal to keep its industries running and homes warm, has the second highest air pollution levels in Europe after Bulgaria, according to the 2016 report on air quality in Europe by the European Environment Agency…

What's that smell? Residents in Seal Beach, Huntington Beach want answers
Long Beach Press Telegram
Last month, air-quality regulators saw a spike in such complaints in the Huntington Beach and Seal Beach areas… Periodically and unpredictably, mysterious chemical-like fumes drift into Rhonda Wainwright’s home not far from Huntington Beach’s Central Park… The noxious odors have induced headaches, burning of the eyes and throat, nosebleeds and vomiting, she says. Even her dog and two cats have retched during the malodorous episodes that “about knocks you on your knees,”…

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