Thursday, January 5, 2017

CO News January 5, 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.

“Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right or better.” John Updike (1932-2009, bio link)

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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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11 Workers Sickened by Carbon Monoxide: Officials
ROCKVILLE, MD — The high levels of carbon monoxide were caused by a truck idling outside the building, and an oven that wasn't properly vented…

Pair taken to hospital with possible CO poisoning
Lewiston Sun Journal
OTISFIELD — A man and a woman were taken to Stephens Memorial Hospital Wednesday night for possible carbon monoxide poisoning , Fire Chief Kyle Jordan said. They were found inside a home on Bow Street at about 8 p.m., officials said…

Carbon monoxide detectors could soon to be mandatory for city rental properties
West Central Tribune
WILLMAR (MN) — A carbon monoxide detector can save your life, and now the city of Willmar is looking into updating its rental property ordinance… It is already state law that carbon monoxide detectors are mandatory for all new and existing single-family and multi-family homes and apartment complexes. However, city rules currently do not require them in residential rental properties…

Hard lesson motivates a community
CO detector drive producing excellent results, says fire chief
ACUSHNET — One month since it started, a drive to supply the town's residents with carbon monoxide detectors is running well, said Fire Chief Kevin Gallagher Wednesday… Word is getting out through the public schools' students and through email that CO detectors are an absolute must. That lesson was learned the hard way last month with the deaths of Joseph Lopes, 41, and his son Collin, age 9, when their gas furnace failed to properly vent to the outdoors…

City organizes carbon monoxide safety meeting
More than 40 citizens including technicians, inspectors and fire department employees attended a carbon monoxide safety meeting Wednesday afternoon in Helena… This meeting occurs a week and a half after carbon monoxide poisoning killed a Helena man and injured five others. “…It’s a public outreach, and in the past we’ve been dealing with a lot of calls about carbon monoxide issues throughout the city, and so we thought, well let’s get this awareness up, and we’re going to reach out with more subsequent seminars for those that can’t attend,” said (John) Ballister (Chief Building Official for the City of Helena)…

Carbon monoxide detector on Odlum Dr. saves lives
Woodstock Sentinel Review
It was a tough and tragic month for the Woodstock Fire Department, which battled three major fires alone in the first half of December resulting in two deaths and one person being rescued from their home… But the second half of the month was no time to rest, with fire crews called out to 24 incidents involving medical assistance, seven motor vehicle collisions, seven carbon monoxide alarms sounding, 14 fire alarm activations and one report of a gas leak… A carbon monoxide tragedy was averted on Odlum Drive due to a properly operating carbon monoxide alarm that detected near fatal levels of carbon monoxide…

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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

Wading Through the Waste Stream: Turning Solid Waste into Energy and Fertilizer
Utah Political Capitol
This is a critical step in the process to reduce nutrients that contribute to the toxic algae blooms that are forcing marina closures across the state. The water is then disinfected by ultraviolet light and released into Utah Lake and surrounding wetlands…

An Astonishing Plant In India Turns Harmful CO2 Emissions Into Baking Powder
Huffington Post UK
The plant is expected to save a massive 60,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. It now produces almost zero emissions… But for the site’s owner, that was a secondary consideration… “I am a businessman. I never thought about saving the planet,” he told the BBC. “I needed a reliable stream of CO2, and this was the best way of getting it.” The carbon dioxide can be used to make several materials and chemicals, including glass, sweeteners, detergents and more…

ENERGY: 'Ahead of the Curve'
Prairie Business
Uncertainty surrounds new federal emissions rules, but some energy companies in the region were setting their own goals for controls and renewables before the current mandates and guidelines were in place…
'The Unnatural World': How innovation could reshape the environment
Minnesota Public Radio News
We have entered the Anthropocene — the geologic epoch in which human activity is the primary force affecting the earth and the environment. Often, these effects are concerning: rising ocean levels, climbing temperatures, species extinction… But David Biello's new book, "The Unnatural World," looks at the human potential to create positive environmental changes…

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