Friday, January 13, 2017

CO News January 13, 2017 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.

“The life so short, the crafts so long to learn.” 
Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400, bio link)

"Time Has Come Today" Chambers 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

No students injured after carbon monoxide leak
Albert Lea Tribune
No students were injured Thursday after a cracked heat exchanger unit at Albert Lea High School reportedly led to what school officials have described as a small carbon monoxide leak…

Carbon Monoxide Leak in Eastie
East Boston Times-Free Press
Smoldering underground power lines were the cause of a carbon monoxide leak into an apartment building on Elbow Street as well as the East Boston Courthouse on Sunday night… The Boston Fire Department was called to 2-4 Elbow St. at 10:45 p.m. Sunday for reports of a gas leak. Upon arrival fire crews found elevated levels of carbon monoxide and evacuated the building…

Highland family has close call with silent killer
Hiawatha World
Chris Lackey said it was determined that their furnace was to blame and that prior to this incident they did not have a carbon monoxide detector in the home… “I would ask everyone to hug those that they love and not take the life we are given for granted,” he said. “Also, if you do not have a carbon monoxide detector, buy one today.”…

Country music star Craig Morgan donates hundreds of CO and smoke alarms to Columbus
Fox 28
Before his show at the Bluestone Thursday night, country star Craig Morgan stopped by Fire Station One to donate more than 300 carbon monoxide and smoke alarms. Morgan, a former first responder, is using his fame to shine a light on what's important…

Urbana Schools to install CO monitors after gas leak sickens students, staff
Urbana City School District officials plan to install a carbon monoxide detection system after a heating malfunction last Friday sickened dozens… Last week, a boiler malfunction is believed to have been behind a CO leak that sent more than a dozen students and a staff member to area hospitals for CO poisoning. Firefighters evaluated at least 44 students complaining of symptoms, fire and school officials said…

LaPorte mother uses her foundation to inspire ordinances for carbon monoxide alarms
Dorothy Kesling, co-founder of the Lindsey O'Brien Kesling Wishing Tree Foundation, is spreading awareness after her daughter died in 2010. "We lost our daughter at the age of 22 due to carbon monoxide poisoning,” said Kesling…

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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

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Know the Common Causes of This Dangerous Illness
Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic
Carbon monoxide is a deadly odorless and colorless gas produced from the burning of fuels. It can build up in indoor spaces, poisoning the people and animals who breathe it… Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when vital organs such as the brain and heart are deprived of the oxygen they need. This can happen startlingly fast because your body’s red blood cells have a stronger affinity for carbon monoxide than oxygen, and crowds out the oxygen in your bloodstream…

Evacuation ordered after deadly carbon monoxide gas found in Hawthorn apartment block
ABC Online
About 150 people were evacuated from an apartment block at Hawthorn, in Melbourne's inner east, last night after carbon monoxide was detected…

Preventing carbon monoxide poisonings at ice arenas
MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Lakeview Arena in Marquette said they work hard to ensure the air in their building is safe to breathe… "I keep a close eye on the parts per million of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and the nitrogen dioxide in the environment," said Andrew MacIver, Parks and Recreation coordinator for the city of Marquette… In 2016, the Marquette City Fire Department received 43 calls on carbon monoxide…

Hospital sees increase in carbon monoxide poisoning
RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA-TV) - Most were associated with the improper use of sources of heat or power during the frigid weather… Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas. Sources include cars and trucks, small engines, stoves, lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, and furnaces… Dr. Patrick Tibbles, emergency medicine physician with Rapid City Regional Hospital, also services as the director of the hyperbaric oxygen therapy at the hospital… "We're really fortunate to have hyperbaric oxygen therapy available at Regional Health," says Dr. Tibbles. This therapy uses pure oxygen to speed and enhance the body's natural ability to heal…

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