Wednesday, March 22, 2017

CO News March 22, 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.

“The main difference between a cat and a lie is that a cat only has nine lives.” Mark Twain (1835-1910, bio 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… 

Carbon Monoxide News Links –
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Duplex evacuated due to carbon monoxide
Lincoln, NE; KLKNTV - Crews found high levels of carbon monoxide. They evacuated and aired out the duplex… LFR says they believe a car left in an attached garage caused the high levels of the toxic gas, but they could not find the person responsible…

Mosinee man hospitalized for carbon monoxide poisoning
A Mosinee man is sitting in a Milwaukee hospital after suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning… Fire Chief Doug Jennings wants to remind everyone to use extra caution, especially with the spring storm season approaching… "A lot of people don't understand that a smaller generator, one that would just power an appliance or something, can actually kill you with carbon monoxide,"…

Parents and five young kids found 'slumped like rag dolls' with suspected carbon monoxide ...
The Sun
PARENTS and five young kids were found “slumped like rag dolls” with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning at a family BBQ, it's reported… Emergency services rushed to Walker, Newcastle, at around 10.35pm on Sunday after the family of seven were found semi-conscious by a relative…

Austin Police Warn About Poison in Cop Car
… the officer bumped into a curb and called for assistance… He was taken to the hospital and doctors found high levels of carbon monoxide in his body… “The injuries associated with carbon monoxide poison have to do with lack of oxygenation, primary to the brain, so you get a headache early. Sometimes nausea, vomiting, progressing to true changes in mental status, and it can actually make you comatose if they levels get high enough.”…

Carbon Monoxide Release Causes Evacuation Of Wheaton Apartment Complex
WHEATON, MD — Residents at a Wheaton apartment complex were forced to evacuate the building early Tuesday morning after a malfunctioning water heater caused high levels of carbon monoxide in the building, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesperson Pete Piringer said…

Update on ice arena evacuation
Carbon Monoxide Blamed on Zamboni
Bayshore Broadcasting News Centre
The Grand Valley and District Community Centre has reopened today after an inspection of the facility following a carbon monoxide leak… Officials with the Technical Standards and Safety Authority concluded their investigation and found that the leak came from the Zamboni…

Friends killed by carbon monoxide after Ford Fiesta 'souped up' to improve performance, inquest ...
An inquest heard that Mr Putt, an engineering apprentice, had carried out a series of alterations to his car to improve its performance. He had removed the catalytic convertor from the exhaust and cut vents into the bonnet…

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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

HW Byers students raise awareness in Eco Challenge
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
According to the group's teacher adviser Melissa Corry, the team chose carbon monoxide awareness as their challenge because their school had a leak in 2010 which sickened some cafeteria workers and closed the school… The students discovered that Mississippi does not currently have any law requiring schools to have carbon monoxide detectors. Corry explained that many of the school buildings in Mississippi are old, and as they age the danger of carbon monoxide leaks increases… Their team, the Monoxide Mavericks, won first place in the Southern Division of the competition and was awarded $10,000…

'This has devastated my life': Pollution in soil may have sickened store owner
The Commercial Appeal
During the dozen or so years she operated an arts-supply store near the University of Memphis, Sharri Schmidt made sure all the varnishes, thinners and sprays she sold were as non-toxic and safe as possible… Schmidt's environmental conscientiousness, however, did little to protect her from poisons buried beneath the former dry-cleaning business at 3517 Southern. As government tests would later confirm, the soil, groundwater and indoor air at the site were contaminated with tetrachloroethylene, a dry-cleaning solvent also known as perchloroethylene, or simply "perc," that's linked to neurological, liver and kidney problems and is believed to cause cancer…

In Bid To Improve Air Quality, Beijing Shutters Last Coal Plant
Beijing has shuttered its last coal-fired power plant… Years of deteriorating air quality have led the city on a mission to go green… But after the suspension of the plant on Saturday, roughly 1.76 million tons of coal, 91 tons of sulfur dioxide and 285 tons of nitrogen oxide emissions a year will be cut, Xinhua reported… The city has been busy building nuclear power plants. It is home to more nuclear power stations than anywhere in the world. And it has four new natural gas utilities in Beijing. The city has been closing down its coal fired electricity units since 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