Wednesday, December 21, 2016

CO News December 21, 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.

“Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time.”
Victor Hugo (1802-1885, bio link)

"Ain't Wasting Time" Allman Brothers - 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

Three children get carbon monoxide poisoning from BBQ in cold house
Three children were taken to hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning on Tuesday evening, after lighting a barbecue to try to warm their cold house..

Firefighters detect high levels of carbon monoxide in west Boone County home
BOONE COUNTY, Mo - Firefighters are working to find out what causing high level of carbon monoxide in a Boone County home… Firefighters with the Boone County Fire Protection District say people who lived in a home in the 1100 block of Victoria Avenue started to feel sick and evacuated just before 7:00am… They say when they arrived on scene they detected high levels of CO…

Top model, 44, found dead in her city centre flat 'was poisoned by carbon monoxide from a faulty boiler
Daily Mail
Natalia Makey, 44, died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning at her home in the country's capital, Minsk. Investigators say they have no evidence that the beautiful blonde was suicidal, and police revealed that initial indications suggest her boiler was faulty…

Local first responders take extra caution responding to leaking carbon monoxide
Valley News Live
FARGO, N.D. - Local first responders have to protect themselves at calls like these so they have one monitor they hold in their hand when going into a building to measure the CO levels inside and there's another monitor to check their own CO levels that's particularly used with fire fighters…

Man died of carbon monoxide poisoning in Munhall high-rise fire
A man died of carbon monoxide poisoning when a fire started in a Munhall high-rise, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said Tuesday…

Experts warn homeowners to shovel vents to prevent CO poisoning
Over the past week, emergency crews have responded to three calls regarding carbon monoxide, one resulted in a death…

Community rallies to prevent CO poisoning after tragic deaths
PLAINFIELD -- Investigators think they probably died the night before after a boiler in the home malfunctioned and emitted deadly carbon monoxide. What starts out as a headache from exposure quickly leads to complete loss of motor skills and then death. It was later learned there were no working CO detectors in the home, only working smoke alarms…

Carbon Monoxide Suspected in Death of Western Minn. Man, Sickening of 8 Others
…Four people, including the three EMS employees, were then airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, which is equipped with a hyperbaric chamber that can treat patients with carbon monoxide poisoning… Perham Paramedic Mark Ebeling was one of them. He says he was given high flow oxygen at HCMC and released Tuesday afternoon. He calls it surreal, how quickly first responders started noticing symptoms…

Caution: Carbon monoxide kills
The Southern
If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors… 

Unvented gas heaters spew combustion gas and moisture
Gas heater link to child illness
Medical Xpress
... pollutants including nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and formaldehyde, which affect children's respiratory health," says Dr Grant…

Firefighters issue caution after another carbon monoxide scare in Winnipeg
Emergency responders were called out to another carbon monoxide scare in Winnipeg on Monday night. Fire crews responded to a home…

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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

Shortness of Breath Could Signal Heart Failure, Lung Disease
Health Newsline
Shortness of breath, medically called dyspnea or simply known as breathing difficulty, is often defined as a feeling of an intense tightening in the chest… If you are someone who is suffering from chronic shortness of breath, then don’t ignore the condition as it could be a sign of potential heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, warns a new study….

Sooty air prompts 3 days of Solano air pollution alerts
Fairfield Daily Republic
FAIRFIELD — Dirty winter air caused regional air quality officials to issue pollution alerts for three consecutive days this week for the region…

Explainer: What you should know about Pittsburgh's air quality
While the quality of Pittsburgh's air has drastically improved since steel industry's heyday, the city and its surrounding areas still get a big fat F from the American Lung Association (ALA). The association ranks the Pittsburgh area as the 14th most-polluted area in the country for daily fine particulate matter and the eighth most-polluted for annual particle pollution…

Air pollution leads to lower grades for some El Paso schoolchildren, study finds
El Paso's poor air quality is driving down school performance for children in neighborhoods with high rates of airborne metabolic disrupting chemicals… In a study published in the September issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, researchers at the University of Texas at El Paso and Northeastern University looked at school performance among fourth and fifth-grade public school children in El Paso. They found that children exposed to higher levels of airborne toxins had lower grade point averages…

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