Friday, January 20, 2017

CO News January 20, 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.

“Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.” 
Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BC - 65 AD, bio link)

"Looking For Love" Johnny Lee - 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

17 potato cellar workers hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoning
Idaho State Journal
Lewisville - Multiple employees at the company were complaining of headaches, nausea and coughing. Quick response units and fire crews from Lewisville, Menan and Rigby, as well as Idaho Falls Ambulance, responded to the scene… In safe, healthy environments, the carbon monoxide level should not exceed 0 parts per million… However, Anderson believes the carbon monoxide levels at the time of the incident were actually much higher than 70 parts per million. That’s because by the time the emergency responders arrived, the building was already being aired out, with multiple windows and doors being opened…

Brightwalton household affected by carbon monoxide leak
Newbury Weekly News Group
EMERGENCY services were called to Brightwalton this afternoon (Thurs), after a carbon monoxide leak at a house in the village… Firefighters isolated a boiler and also a wood burner at the property and advised the householder to get both appliances checked, before leaving the scene an hour later…

Holyoke residents remain displaced after carbon monoxide scare
The residents of an Oak Street apartment building will be displaced up to three days after they were evacuated Thursday morning… The residents were relocated by the owners of the apartment, who said they planned to replace the boiler. The process will require a little extra time because the boiler was covered in asbestos…

Effects of carbon monoxide poisoning start off like the flu
Grand Island Independent
If you feel like you've got a touch of the flu, you might actually be suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning… Those who’ve been exposed to carbon monoxide feel a little nauseous, may have a headache and feel tired. So they might just write off those symptoms as influenza… “It could actually be something more serious,” says Grand Island Fire Chief Cory Schmidt…

Smoke kills more than flames during a house fire
PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- There are more than a million house fires in the US every year and while flames are dangerous, more people are injured and killed by smoke inhalation… Even a short period of time with limited oxygen can cause permanent damage to the nervous system. And in modern homes, the smoke can have a lethal mix of toxic products… "Mostly carbon monoxide, but actually also cyanide. In homes that have a lot of synthetic material, rubbers, plastic, foam - when that burns, that can also cause some cyanide poisoning," said Dr. Baruch Fertel…

REHOBOTH NOTEBOOK: Eagle Scout's project could save lives
The Sun Chronicle
Focusing on the elderly community, Johnson, a 2016 graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, went into more than 50 homes and replaced 266 batteries. He also installed 10 smoke detectors and 10 carbon monoxide detectors in homes that had none… "Eagle Scout projects are a great thing but in this case the result of the project could quite possibly save someone's life. From all of the members of the department we say 'well done!' …

Carbon Monoxide charity fund launched in Yorkshire
104.7 Minster FM
Northern Gas Networks (NGN) joined the UK's gas distribution networks to launch the Carbon Monoxide (CO) Charity Fund this week… The fund will encourage new ideas around raising awareness of the risks, dangers and symptoms of CO and the prevention of further CO poisoning cases in the UK. The companies are responsible for running the gas networks…

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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

Poor air quality may be worsened by wood burning stoves
Helena – Valleys across Montana have seen poor air quality recently in light of temperature changes so health officials ask that everyone make sure they aren’t contributing to the problem… The Lewis and Clark Health Department is responsible for enforcing air quality regulations, and so far has issued 56 violation notices… During poor air quality days all wood burning stoves is prohibited…

More restrictions likely coming for Fairbanks to improve air quality
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS— Particulate pollution has been linked with a host of heart and lung illnesses… "This is a difficult problem to solve," Hamlin said. "The irony is that when you most need to burn the wood is when it is most harmful to your long-term health." The EPA's move comes as residents in Fairbanks and North Pole experience the coldest temperatures in five years…

Air quality in Salt Lake County reaches red level
KUTV 2News
UDEQ bumped the air quality level into the "red" zone Wednesday afternoon, meaning the following people should limit outdoor activities or heavy exercise: People with lung disease, such as asthma – Children and older adults – People who are active outdoors – Everyone else should limit prolonged outdoor exertion…

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