Friday, July 28, 2017

Carbon Monoxide News July 28, 2017, posts updated frequently

Every day is a carbon monoxide safety education day.
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We can learn from others mistakes and efforts to prevent poisoning.

Carbon monoxide safety, we are all in this together.

“Be generous and you can be the best person who ever lived.”

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 breathe.
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…

Side-by-side bag test of carbon monoxide alarms - video

Consider low level protection for carbon monoxide and smoldering fire detection problems; don't leave anyone behind. CO Experts

Bob Dwyer
Carbon Monoxide Safety Association
COSA provides Carbon Monoxide safety education and training.

Carbon Monoxide News Links –
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Residence Inn evacuated guests after carbon monoxide leak 
CHICO, Calif. - Guests staying at the Residence Inn by Marriott had to evacuate Thursday afternoon due to high levels of carbon monoxide… "We went into that room and measured the carbon monoxide levels and found levels above 150 parts per million which is significant. Then next to that room, we found a water heater room where the levels of carbon monoxide were about 550 parts per million," said Eccles… Firefighters' carbon monoxide monitors will start alarming at 25 parts per million…

8 children, 2 adults sent to hospital after carbon monoxide leak
FOX 5 Atlanta
COWETA COUNTY, Ga. – There were scary moments at a kids birthday party in Coweta County when nine children and two adults start feeling faint, and complaining of headaches. According to firefighters, they were all exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning from the gaming truck that the parents rented. When firefighters arrived all of the children were already out of the truck and inside the home, but because there were so many children they had to call for mutual aid…

7 hospitalized after hazmat situation in SW Miami-Dade 
7News - WSVN-TV
What came in as a routine medical call wound up being something more when firefighters became ill. “We had summoned our hazmat team because something just didn’t seem right,” … the family had just returned from vacation and they had begun to cook dinner… “The car in the garage had a dead battery, so he charged the car, and he let it run. You know sometimes how you let the car run for a few minutes? He got distracted with the cooking and forgot,”…

Parked hybrid vehicle prompts evacuation of Grants Pass home 
Grants Pass, Ore. – Police said a hybrid vehicle that was left “powered on” inside a garage attached to the home… While the vehicle’s engine wasn’t running when the residents parked it, the engine cycled off and on throughout the night while they slept… Eventually, carbon monoxide from the vehicle’s exhaust worked its way into the home, setting of the alarm… Police said fortunately, the alarm allowed for the safe evacuation of the residence…

NHTSA Ford Explorer Exhaust Manifold Investigation Upgraded
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened the original investigation in July 2016 after receiving 154 reports about exhaust odors entering the cabins in 2011-2015 Explorers… The 2016 investigation included 639,000 SUVs, a number now expanded to 1.3 million after NHTSA identified 2719 complaints for model years 2011 through 2017. Out of those complaints, there were allegedly 41 injuries and three crashes, with 11 reports coming from police departments… In addition, Ford says it's received 1254 warranty claims, 606 reports from dealers and 55 legal claims…

Biggest Pollution Pet Peeves
Smoke stacks billow toxic clouds, while crumpled wrappers dance across the street with the breeze – pollution, whether industrial or civilian, is never a good thing. Given the damage it can cause, it’s fair to wonder: How do Americans feel about it? What types of pollution bother us the most? And why?... We asked over 2,000 Americans these questions. Here’s what we learned about the state of pollution in the U.S…

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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]

George Kerr - CO Experts (1933-2017)

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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: Carbon Monoxide Survivor

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. GET BUSY

Measurement is continuing education at its best. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety
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CO and Air Quality News Links 

Carbon Monoxide Calls Worry Fire Department 
104.7 Heart FM
BRANT COUNTY - The Brant County Fire Department has teamed up with the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation to highlight the dangers of carbon monoxide in the home… Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless, tasteless gas that can be deadly when found inside the home. It is impossible to detect without a fully functional carbon monoxide alarm… Fire Prevention Officer Jeff Balkwill says Brant County firefighters were quite busy with carbon monoxide calls last year… "We had 54 calls and out of those, 14 percent of them carbon monoxide was present in the homes. That does obviously have a concern for us."…  

Rain, snow or sun: always barbecue outdoors
Summer is barbecue season, and Waterloo Fire Rescue is reminding people that barbecuing should always be done outdoors and never in the garage… "They're only designed for outdoor use in well-ventilated areas," said John Percy, public education officer. "If you're going to use it, use it in a safe manner." Carbon monoxide detectors are mandatory in all Ontario homes. It's also not wise to use the barbecue on a covered porch or under an overhang…

Study: Fire Fighters Have A Higher Risk Of Cancer 
CBS Philly
“It’s going to smell like trash burning or plastic burning,” Chief of Soldier Township Fire Department Karl McNorton said. Within seven minutes, the room will be engulfed, reaching temperatures as high as 3,500 degrees. The test for toxins will show carbon monoxide levels almost double what was in the other room and also hydrogen cyanide; a known carcinogen… “We’ve learned the hard way we are killing our firefighters, causing respiratory problems they heart, lung, liver, and cancer issues and it’s all because we ingest inhale, and absorb all this stuff into our bodies,” McNorton said…

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 ...

Johnson County Contractor Licensing Conference
CO Experts
Johnson County Kansas - Continuing Education – – Video Link

Carbon Monoxide Safety - El Paso County, Colorado, Public Service Announcement
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 acute 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

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Website Launched Aimed at Saving Lives - 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

George Kerr, a pioneer in smoke and carbon monoxide alarm manufacturing passed away in his home during the early morning of July 4, 2017. George will always be remembered for his passion to save lives and protect the health of people through low level carbon monoxide detection and alarming. His company name CO Experts described George as he described it. (contains biographic information) He lived for over 84 years, beginning his career in fire safety in 1953. “We’ll never know how many lives we’re saving, but I know we are saving a few.” George E. Kerr (1933-2017)

These following links may be of some use to you:
- The World Clock - Time Zones
- Google Maps -
- Earthquake Map
- Which volcanoes are erupting now? - Volcano Discovery
-Alcoa Eagle Nest Camera
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- World population counter
- Animal cameras - variety of locations
- American Red Cross
- Heart Rescue using an (AED)

- Air Quality Guide for Particle Pollution
- 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 Thirty-two (32) U.S. states along with the District of Columbia have statutes that require carbon monoxide detectors in certain buildings. Updated May 2017
Alaska | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | District of Columbia | Florida | Georgia | Illinois | Iowa | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan |
Minnesota | Montana | Nebraska | New Jersey | New Hampshire | New York |
North Carolina | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island |Tennessee
Texas | Utah |Vermont | Virginia | Washington |West Virginia | Wisconsin |

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
CO Experts
Masimo - see RAD 57
Mahugh Fire & Safety
ESCO Institute
TPI - Test Products International