Tuesday, February 14, 2017

CO News February 14, 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.

"No matter what your age, there is always something to outgrow." 
Ward Cleaver in “The Haunted House”

"Younger Generation" John Sebastian - 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

Couple found dead in Ohio home; carbon monoxide suspected
WLWT Cincinnati
Authorities said a car was running inside the home’s closed garage, and they said it likely killed the couple… They did not have a carbon monoxide detector in the home… Lillian Graef, 94, and Richard Graef, 91, were found dead Feb. 8 in their Troy, Ohio, home…

Nevada lawmaker hospitalized after carbon monoxide poisoning
KTNV Las Vegas
(AP) - A Nevada state lawmaker is recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning caused while was trying to drain floodwaters from his house in Elko… a generator running overnight to pump water out of Ellison's home may have caused the unsafe level of carbon monoxide…

Manufacturing plant evacuated due to high levels of carbon monoxide
Hutchinson News
… around noon a few employees knew something was wrong when they started complaining of headaches at the business, located at 1601 E. Wasp Road, just north of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center… They started to open a few large side doors and around a couple hours later they were all being evacuated…

Hampshire business evacuated after carbon monoxide leak detected
Chicago Tribune
"The leak was determined to be from a hole in a heater ventilation hose," Herrmann said. "The heater was shut off, and the building was ventilated with employees returning to work at 10:30 a.m."… RPS Products Inc., also known as BestAir, produces humidification wicks, air cleaning filters, vacuum products and other accessories, according to its website…

Keep heat vents free from snow, says doctor after carbon monoxide scare
A Halifax doctor is reminding people to keep their heating vents clear of snow after his own house filled with carbon monoxide on Monday… a winter storm raged outside when the carbon monoxide alarms in the house started to go off. They searched throughout the house, including the kitchen and furnace area, looking for possible sources and then started to smell something like exhaust… Fearing a possible gas leak, Goodyear called Heritage Gas, his provider…

Carbon Monoxide Scare In Newquay
Pirate FM
A spokesperson for Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: "Six firefighters from Newquay attended a call to a property whose carbon monoxide alarm had sounded twice in the past two days…

Investigation launched after staff member at Colchester High School suffers carbon monoxide
A SCHOOL has sought to reassure parents after it was revealed a member of staff suffered suspected carbon monoxide poisoning… The laboratory technician was working in the science lab at Colchester High School, in Wellesley Road, Colchester, when she became dizzy and light headed…

Three people from Keynsham rushed to Royal United Hospital in Bath with carbon monoxide
Bath Chronicle
A spokesman for SWAS said: "We received a call at 5.36pm to Charlton Road in Keynsham… "We attended with two rapid response cars, two ambulances and our Hazardous Area Response Team (HART)… "Upon arrival we found three casualties with symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning…

Is your Ford Explorer leaking exhaust?
CBS News
The Ford Explorer is the best-selling midsize SUV in the country, with around one million on the road. But hundreds of customers say the vehicles might be making them sick…

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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

Do you know the silent killers in your home?
Roanoke Times
This winter, like all before it, is sure to bring cold temperatures causing homeowners to crank the heat inside and out. Not only do sources of heat pose a threat of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, but it is important to know all common sources in a home that could cause deadly risks…

Annapolis Fire Department Offers Home Heating Safety Tips
The Annapolis Fire Department also recommends installing and maintaining carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, to avoid the risk of CO poisoning… Did you know that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths? Also, you should know that more than 50% of all fires involving home heating equipment occur in the months of December, January and February…

Chimney Fire on Paugh Lake Sends Six to Hospital
My Barry's Bay Now
… The Madawaska Valley Fire Department is stressing the importance of having smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home after six people nearly lost their lives… Fire Chief Corwin Quade says firefighters responded to a chimney fire on Paugh Lake Road last week after the homeowners’ CO detector went off… It’s the second chimney fire in as many weeks caused by a build-up of creosote from not cleaning it…

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 

JEMS.com - ...site 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 - www.thesilentkiller.co.uk 

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