Friday, December 9, 2016

Carbon Monoxide News December 9, 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.

“Do the things you know, and you shall learn the truth you need to know.” 
Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888, bio link)

Vincent (Starry Starry Night) Don McLean - 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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It is reported in the following linked article that “standard carbon monoxide alarms” sound off when levels reach 30 PPM. This is incorrect information. The U.L. 2034 Listed CO alarms are tested and Listed to sound off when 70 PPM of carbon monoxide is present for over one hour. This is the earliest alarm point.
Furnace source of Acushnet carbon monoxide deaths, no detectors
A leaking furnace is to blame for the tragedy in Acushnet, according to fire officials. A father and son were found dead in their home Wednesday…

Carbon monoxide season is here! Do you know the warning signs?
FOX 7 Austin
With tonight's big freeze here in Central Texas we anticipate an increase in carbon monoxide poisonings and visits to the Emergency Department…

Carbon Monoxide Poisonings on the Rise in New Mexico
HSC Newsbeat
The New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center (NMPDIC) reports a significant uptick in carbon monoxide poisonings this December over the same time period in previous years. The poison center already has identified 28 cases of carbon dioxide poisonings statewide December 1-7, 2016…

How to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning
Carbon monoxide poisoning has turned deadly in the Northwest in recent years, and, with winter weather approaching, officials are reminding residents how to stay safe… Excessive intake of carbon monoxide decreases the capacity of blood to carry oxygen. It can cause permanent brain damage, as well as chest pains or heart attacks in people with heart disease…

Note: (The video found in this next linked story does not include any information regarding the experts measuring for carbon monoxide generation with any of your appliances or while in your home. This is paramount for a complete safety inspection and verification for safety… What they propose that they do is all important stuff, but without measurement, it is still guess work. They tell you CO is odorless and invisible but then describe visual flame characteristics. COSA recommends they begin offering and advertising actual measurement for the gas.) 

SDG&E Offers Free Gas Appliance Checkups to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
NBC 7 San Diego
SDG&E has announced to residents across San Diego County that this holiday season it's imperative to have your gas appliances checked and prevent the hazard of carbon monoxide poisoning…

Carbon Monoxide Symptoms, But None Detected
Poulsbo Middle School students sickened by suspected carbon monoxide
POULSBO, Wash. - Jody Matson of the Poulsbo Fire Department said a nurse called for the emergency response after several students began displaying symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure…

Amarillo Woman Hoping Her Experience Encourages People to Check
Brittney Studer's carbon monoxide alarm woke her up a few nights ago. Soon after, she contacted Amarillo police. They quickly told her to get her family out of the home and wait for the fire department to arrive…

Fire Deaths: Oakland Tragedy Puts Spotlight On Dangers Of Smoke Inhalation
Medical Daily
“The most common, carbon monoxide (CO), can be deadly even in small quantities, as it replaced oxygen in the bloodstream.”… Fire eats up all the available oxygen, leaving people with little to breathe. When oxygen levels dip below the normal 21 percent found in outdoor air, people lose their judgment and coordination, then suffer a headache, dizziness, nausea and fatigue. At 9 percent oxygen, a person falls unconscious and at 6 percent they experience respiratory or cardiac arrest…

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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

Fire Officials Urge Oregonians to Use Heating Appliances Safely
EUGENE, Ore. -- As colder weather hits all over the state, fire officials are urging Oregonians to use heating appliances safely and wisely… They said to inspect and clean wood stoves, fireplaces, and chimneys before using them. Wood stove and fireplace-related fires are more common than portable space heater fires, according to State Fire Marshal Jim Walker…

Working carbon monoxide alarm helps prevent tragedy in Mashpee
Cape Cod Times
MASHPEE -- A working carbon monoxide detector helped prevent a tragedy in Mashpee on Wednesday. The Mashpee Fire Department responded to a single family home at 9 Fairneny Way shortly after 5 p.m. after a detector alarm sounded…

Smoke alarm campaign in Salisbury this weekend
Salisbury, NC WBTV - A Home Fire Campaign installation event is taking place this Saturday from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm in the area of Lloyd Street and Fisher Street, and the surrounding neighborhoods… HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. So far this year, the E H Dole Office has responded to 77 fires. The Red Cross has been working to reduce that number through its Home Fire Campaign, a multi-year effort to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent…

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