Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Carbon Monoxide News December 6, 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.

“Never, never rest contented with any circle of ideas, but always be certain that a wider one is still possible.” Pearl Bailey (1918-1990, bio link)

"The Circle Game" Joni Mitchell - 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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CO alarm sounds after someone passes out, others start symptoms
Two hospitalized after incident at Middleville business
The problem began just before 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, at Middleville Tool & Die, 1900 Patterson Road. According to Wayland Deputy Fire Chief Dan Miller, the first 911 call received was about a woman who had lost consciousness after complaining of dizziness… After first responders arrived and began assessing her condition, another woman began experiencing the same symptoms…

Carbon monoxide found at scene of sudden death in Lurgan
ITV News
“Wearing breathing apparatus, firefighters entered the mid-terrace property and, using gas monitors, confirmed the presence of carbon monoxide,” a Fire & Rescue Service spokesman said…

2 firefighters sent to hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning after fire at JCC in Woodbridge
FOX 61
There is still a lot of carbon monoxide present in the building, fire officials told FOX 61, and crews are trying to ventilate the building. That will take several more hours, and must be completed before investigators can enter and determine the cause of the fire…

Christie signs CO driver education law
The law, known as the Rosa-Bonilla Family Act, was introduced by Assemblyman Gary Schaer, D-Passaic, in the aftermath of the deaths this year of a mother and her two children from carbon monoxide poisoning…

Plainfield Group Holding Fundraiser to Distribute CO Detectors for Holidays
The fundraiser is in memory of a mother and daughter found dead in their home from carbon monoxide poisoning… During the incident, five Plainfield police officers were taken to Rush Copley Hospital in Aurora for exposure to carbon monoxide….

Bangor Fire Department issues carbon monoxide warning
Fox Bangor
With the winter season here and heating systems kicking back in the Bangor Fire Department wants to warn you about the serious threat of carbon monoxide poisoning… Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is produced by cars, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, and furnaces and can cause poisoning or death…

Firefighters not wearing breathing apparatus?
Kitchener highrise evacuated due to high carbon monoxide levels
Waterloo Record
KITCHENER — Four firefighters were treated in hospital after a Kitchener highrise was evacuated Sunday afternoon due to high carbon monoxide levels on the 11th floor… The firefighters were put on oxygen and recovered in a few hours… A gasoline-powered generator running in…

Follow Up
Report: Carbon monoxide leak at Marshall Middle School was preventable
Beaumont Enterprise
A carbon monoxide leak at Marshall Middle School that sent more than 100 people to the hospital in January was caused by preventable boiler failures, a state agency finding that has prompted Beaumont ISD to hire additional staff to conduct its own inspections…

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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

Why the Automotive Future Will Be Dominated by Fuel Cells
IEEE Spectrum
You’d have to be completely uninterested in cars or any other type of transportation to not recognize that automobiles are undergoing a major transition. They no longer run solely on internal-combustion engines and burn petroleum-based fuels. Nowadays, consumers routinely purchase vehicles that run in part or entirely on electricity…

DENR warned on waste-to-energy tech  (WTE)
BusinessWorld Online Edition
“All incinerators release toxic particulates, toxic gases such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, toxic metals such as lead and mercury and other… “[Once] we allow burn wte technologies, our citizens will be locked in to years of dirty, toxic, and costly solid waste management systems. Burn wte facilities emit greenhouse gases and toxic fly ash and bottom ash. Allowing these facilities will sabotage our country’s efforts to clean our air and implement the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act,”…

Taking A 'Hyper-local' Approach To Air Quality In Charlotte
Charlotte has long been plagued by air quality challenges… This special air monitoring technology can ultimately help city officials learn more about the most polluted parts of our city and help planners design healthier cleaner development…

China Air Pollution: Smog Alert Shuts Down Beijing, Airports Across Northern, Southern China
International Business Times
The air pollution was aggravated by a rise in temperature and humidity and a lack of wind, the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau said. In response, China issued an orange alert warning that can close down schools and construction projects. Under China's four-tier color-coded system for alerts on air pollution, orange is the second highest warning, after red and followed by yellow and blue…

Sadiq Khan responds to sudden air pollution spike by asking motorists to stop driving
The Independent
London Mayor Sadiq Khan urged motorists to leave their cars at home on Monday as high air pollution alerts were issued across the capital… Westminster and the City were among the worst-affected areas, along with other busy roads, while the rest of London was..

Here's Why You Can't Drive Cars in Madrid for 9 Days
However, since winter is when Madrid's air pollution is at its worst, the ban is also a way to improve the city's air quality…

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