Sunday, January 29, 2017

CO News January 29, 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.

“To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle.” 

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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Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Fish Houses
More 104.9
Spencer, IA (RI) — If you're planning to do a little ice fishing, don't forget about the carbon monoxide detector for the fish house… Minnesota Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Jim Smith says there are three key elements to preventing carbon monoxide poisoning. First, make sure the heating unit you are using is rated for indoor use. Second, make sure that heating unit is ventilated properly to the outside. And third, always make sure you have a battery operated CO detector inside your ice house… Earlier this month, a woman was killed and four others hospitalized after they were poisoned by Carbon Monoxide while ice fishing south of Fairmont, Minnesota…

Police officers enter burning Central Falls house, save seven people
The Providence Journal
Only one smoke detector was working at the time in the back of the building, but it was not very loud so it was the officers who awoke the residents, he said…

Warning issued over Carbon Monoxide
“Whether threats from Mother Nature such as ice storms, or everyday living, a working carbon monoxide alarm that is within its recommended lifespan is the only safe way to detect dangerous levels of this deadly gas in your home. Without one, there is no way to know if your family is at risk,” said John Gignac, Executive Director of the Ontario-based Foundation, in a release Saturday… The foundation universal standard in Canada makes CO alarms mandatory for every household that has potential CO sources. Currently, only Ontario and the Yukon have such legislation in place…

Firefighters fan out across city for smoke detector sweep Saturday
Baltimore Sun
But now when he returns to his Northeast Baltimore home, he's greeted by an ever-growing pile of stuffed animals that have been left in his yard as a remembrance for the six Malone children killed in a fire at their home Jan. 12. On Saturday, firefighters were again on his street, knocking on his and others' doors to check homes for fire hazards and install free smoke alarms…

Carbon monoxide exposures while having fun
Monster trucks thunder at Monster Truck Thunder
Albany Democrat Herald
The arena was so thick with carbon monoxide that event organizers shouted over the engines' roar, telling building operations personnel to turn on the vents… And it's loud. Really loud. So much so that toddlers and young kids sit in the stands wearing hearing protection meant for use on shooting ranges…

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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

Shift from coal expected to persist
Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
... officials with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Entergy Arkansas and the Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Corp. maintain that it's unlikely coal-fired electric power generation will resurge because there's an abundance of low-cost natural gas… "Economics is driving fuel use right now," said Sandra Byrd, a spokesman for the Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Corp…

Neosho fire district receives grant for life-saving equipment
Joplin Globe
NEOSHO, Mo. — The Neosho Area Fire Protection District has received a $15,396 grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to purchase life-saving equipment… The district, which operates from three stations in central Newton County, used the money to purchase Automated External Defibrillators, which are portable and can be used to detect heart problems and treat victims with an electrical shock; pulse oximeters, which monitor a person’s oxygen saturation; and a Rad 57 hand-held CO monitor, which can be used to check for carbon monoxide poisoning…

The Observer view on air pollution
The Guardian
It might be tempting to dismiss the air pollution crisis that affected London last week as a piece of local bad luck, an atmospheric misfortune that has little consequence for the rest of the nation… Such parochialism would be misplaced, however. London has always been the country’s bellwether when it comes to air quality, as the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has noted. After all, it was the city’s deadly pea-soup fogs of the 1950s that forced the government to the pass the Clean Air Act 1956, a piece of legislation that limited the burning of coal in cities and brought major benefits to the whole country…

American Lung Association in Michigan launches program to help improve air quality
(WPBN/WGTU)-- To help improve indoor and outdoor air quality, the American Lung Association in Michigan will distribute more than $600,000 in vouchers to remove higher-polluting wood or coal burning appliances from homes…

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