Saturday, April 15, 2017

CO News April 15, 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.

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, bio link)

"Simple Man" Graham Nash - 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… 

Carbon Monoxide News Links –
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Fumes sicken nearly a dozen bank employees in Berks County 
WFMZ Allentown
MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. - Fumes seeped into the Wells Fargo on North Fifth Street Highway in Muhlenberg Township Friday, sending 11 employees to the hospital… Firefighters with the Goodwill Fire Company and UGI investigated in and around the building, but found no gas leaks or trace of carbon monoxide… Fire officials said the smell likely came from exhaust of a running car. They said the fumes may have entered the bank through a vent near the drive through ATM…

4 hospitalized with CO poisoning on Detroit's west side 
WDIV Detroit
DETROIT - A 54-year-old man, a 37-year-old woman, a 14-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl were taken to the hospital, police said… The incident might have been caused by a broken furnace, officials said…

Voice of the People 
The Herald Argus
La Porte recently passed an ordinance requiring carbon monoxide alarms in new residential buildings… I lost my daughter Lindsey, a La Porte native, to accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. So, I should be celebrating this “victory.” Instead, the approval was tabled (again) at the April 4 meeting of the Indiana Fire Prevention & Building Safety Commission, who has the final approval for all laws related to fire and carbon monoxide safety proposed in the state…

Friends, family remember dad and teen
Sunbury Daily Item
… several people remembered the pair in better times before they were found dead March 21 in their home on Fisher Road in Monroe Township, Snyder County… Jada Gillison’s cause of death was carbon monoxide poisoning…

8 facts an endocrinologist wants you to know
When one smokes or inhales tobacco, carbon monoxide is produced, which lowers the oxygen-carrying capacity of blood and makes crucial organs ... and tissues of the body oxygen deficient… It worsens vascular health, increases complications in people with diabetes, triggers strokes, cardiovascular disease, nephropathy and neuropathy. Smoking also significantly worsens the outcome of eye disease associated with hyperthyroidism… Heart attacks, strokes and peripheral disease fall under the category of macrovascular diseases. Amongst the microvascular diseases, smoking severely affects the kidneys, nerves, and eyes…

Board learns about school bus idling
Lake County News Chronicle
Most important, however, is the reduction of emissions of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide into the air around schools and the atmosphere in general. Carbon monoxide released into the air can aggravate asthma, heart disease and other ailments as well as causing headaches and leading to chronic bronchitis. Even worse, young people are particularly vulnerable to air pollution since they breathe faster than adults and they inhale more air per pound of body weight, the group said…

Vascular endothelial cells generate peroxynitrite in response to carbon monoxide exposure
These findings offer a possible mechanism for adverse health effects caused by carbon monoxide at concentrations ranging from the relatively low levels in polluted environments to levels typically encountered with life-threatening poisoning. Carbon monoxide causes oxidative stress by…

Four labourers found dead; Three critical
The Nation
GUJRAT-Four labourers, two of whom teenager, were found dead in a toy shop at a commercial plaza here in Dinga allegedly due to emission of poisonous gas from an electric generator Friday morning…

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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

City workers deserve thanks for their efforts
I want to thank the Fire Department for coming to our home recently at 1:30 a.m. because our carbon monoxide alarm was ringing. Capt. Chisamore and his crew checked everything including fire alarms and determined the alarm was defective and needed to be replaced. They could not have been more thorough and pleasant, and we slept much better after they had been here…

Carbon Monoxide Detectors
University of Virginia
Carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are not required by law in our facilities, but Housing & Residence Life has installed detectors in all residence halls…

Safeguard seniors with home checks
London Free Press
Check smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors to ensure they are working properly. At least one working smoke detector is needed on every floor of your house. Make sure the detector is near the bedrooms either on the ceiling or six to 12 inches below the ceiling on the wall. There should also be at least one working carbon monoxide detector near the bedrooms. Change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at least once a year...

How much carbon dioxide is produced per kilowatt hour when generating electricity with fossil fuels?
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