Sunday, January 15, 2017

CO News January 15, 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.

“I have been in many countries, and I have found there people examining their own love of life, sense of peril, their own common sense. The one thing they cannot understand is why that same love of life, sense of peril and above all common sense, is not invariably shared among their leaders and rulers.” William Golding (1911-1993, bio link)

"Blowin' In The Wind" Joan Baez - 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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Gas leak good reminder to have CO detectors in homes and businesses
Valley News Live
HAWLEY, Minn. - Friday morning, a Dollar General employee was breathing in the dangerous gas for around three hours… Unfortunately, CO leaks are far too common, especially in the winter months… The CO leak at Dollar General came from the furnace according to the Hawley Fire Department…

Carbon monoxide scare forces second evacuation of CPD District 4 headquarters
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Police Department's District 4 headquarters was evacuated twice in 24 hours due to carbon monoxide concerns… According to City Manager Harry Black, one exhaust pipe was separated from a boiler unit and another pipe had a loose connection. The two boiler units have been shut off until repairs can be made. The other boilers are working and will maintain building temperatures…

Two adults & child hospitalised after carbon monoxide poisoning
ITV News
The crew used two gas detectors in two adjoining properties that both gave a positive reading… Crews extinguished the source of the carbon monoxide, ventilated and then tested again with gas detector to make sure all was safe…

Nikiski family has carbon monoxide scare, fire department installs alarms
Kenai Peninsula Online
One local family learned that lesson a tough way when they ended up with carbon monoxide poisoning last month in their Nikiski home… With the furnace fixed, Iyatunguk didn’t think much of the problem from that point on. When she, her two daughters — one 15, the other 9 — and her 6-year-old grandson started exhibiting signs of illness, she said she at first assumed they had come down with some kind of bug…

Letter: A future lost to carbon monoxide
MetroWest Daily News
Ten years ago my brother, Tom Lueders, succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning at the DoubleTree Resort in Key West, Fla… And three, his death was 100 percent preventable… I will always feel sweeping anger over losing Tom. The laws and regulations ignored, and shortcuts taken facilitated the perfect storm of his death. There were literally years of opportunities to halt the trajectory of that path. Every preventive system utterly failed him…

Principal says no danger remains from monoxide leak at school
Albert Lea Tribune
High school Principal Mark Grossklaus said once the leak was discovered in the school’s wood shop, action was taken to move students and staff… He said the school staff have safety plans and evacuation plans in place and he said he believes they acted appropriately…

'I wouldn't be here today': Saskatoon woman says CO detector saved her life
They set up a space heater in the basement to keep the pipes from freezing, checked the batteries on their carbon monoxide monitor and called a repair company to come in the morning… Just as they were getting ready for bed, the monitor's alarm went off… "We didn't feel the greatest at that point," she said… "He had a headache and I was starting to feel nauseated, but not to the point where it was excessive and immediate."…

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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

Beijing sets 2017 air pollution goal at more than double WHO's acceptable standard
Reuters UK
"We will work hard to keep PM2.5 at an annual average of around 60 micrograms per cubic metre," Beijing mayor Cai Qi said during his delivery of the city's annual work report at the opening of the Beijing People's Congress on Saturday… PM2.5 refers to damaging air particles so small they can pass through humans' lungs to affect other organs… But smog has engulfed Beijing and large swathes of the north and centre of the country for days at a time in recent weeks, disrupting flights, port operations and schools…

Missoula air pollution alert
ABC FOX Montana News
Health Advisory: When air quality is Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, people with heart or lung disease, children and the elderly should limit prolonged outdoor exertion…

Air Pollution Causes Upsurge in Emergency Calls
Financial Tribune
Increase in the air pollutants last week caused by temperature inversion pushed the air quality index (AQI) above 140 (dangerous for all groups) going as high as 160 in some districts. Tehran’s air quality recorded an AQI of 152 for three consecutive days — more than three times the acceptable threshold of 50, based on World Health Organization standards… Falling within the “red status,” an AQI that high means the level of toxic pollutants in the air poses health risks to each and every person, and not just those deemed vulnerable…

Air stagnation advisory for parts of Washington, Oregon
RICHLAND, Wash. — Air quality has deteriorated in southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon, prompting the National Weather Service to issue an air stagnation advisory through Monday afternoon… The Washington State Department of Ecology says children, pregnant women, senior citizens and those with health issues should limit time outdoors…

Colorado Springs wrestles with sulfur dioxide pollution from central coal-fired power plant
The Denver Post
Sulfur dioxide from the power plant “bunches up along the mountains. It is a very populated area. There are elementary schools there, and there’s that fancy hotel, The Broadmoor,” Ritchie said… The Sierra Club hired Wingra Engineering to test SO2 levels in Colorado Springs. That firm’s 2015 evaluation, shared with The Post, shows sulfur dioxide levels around 635 ppb, which is 8.4 times higher than the federal limit, based on measuring done from January 2012 to December 2014…

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