Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Carbon Monoxide News February 28, 2018, 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.

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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 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…

Bob Dwyer
Carbon Monoxide Safety Association

COSA provides Carbon Monoxide safety education and training.

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Two hospitalized after carbon monoxide leak at Milwaukee home
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Two people are taken to the hospital Tuesday after a carbon monoxide leak inside their home. It happened near 37th and Ruby before 9:00 a.m.. Firefighters detected high levels of the odorless gas when they arrived. Six children and one adult were home at the time… We’re told there was a problem with the water heater and that the house is currently uninhabitable…

Gas leak sends multiple people to hospital in Poland
POLAND (WGME) -- Fire officials identified the problem as an external heat pump that was leaking carbon monoxide into the home… Chief Bosse says an adult man placed the call from inside the house about his wife not feeling well. When crews arrived, they found they both had collapsed… The home does not have any CO detectors…

Three people in Dublin treated for suspected carbon monoxide poisoning
Three people were being treated in hospital for suspected carbon monoxide tonight. Dublin Fire Brigade and Ambulance service attended the incident at a house off Cookstown Way in Tallaght late last night. It's understood all three people admitted to hospital are adults…

Ipswich among top 10 centres at risk from illegal gas work
Ipswich Star
It warned that having unsafe gas appliances can result in carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions. Jonathan Samuel, chief executive of Gas Safe Register, said: “The findings from our investigations shows how dangerous illegal gas work can be. “Don't cut corners… Gas Safe Register’s research found that within the last five years, two thirds (66%) of gas work carried out by illegal gas fitters across the UK was found to be unsafe… However, in the last year, this figure has increased to almost seven in every 10 appliances investigated (69% since April 2017)…

Doctor pushes for tougher idling restrictions
“Part of it is looking around the neighbourhood and seeing the number of idling vehicles in streets, parking lots, the hospital parking lot, shopping centres and other workplaces,” Wilberforce said, adding idling can produce unnecessary emissions of greenhouse gases like nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide ... Thunder Bay currently has a five-minute idling restriction that was implemented more than a decade ago, city manager of development and emergency services Mark Smith said… Toronto and Burlington each have municipal bylaws limiting idling to only one minute. Other Ontario municipalities with shorter times include Guelph, Kingston, Waterloo, Oakville and Mississauga, which all have three-minute restrictions…

Do you have a plan if your home catches on fire?
Also have carbon monoxide detectors in rooms where people sleep. It's also important to sleep with your door closed. That limits how much oxygen in the house fuels the fire. And outside it's important to have your house clearly labeled if first responders need to get to you…

Please Note: "Place a carbon monoxide alarm with a digital display on a seat in the motor vehicle when you are out driving in emergency snow conditions (or always for that specific). Harmful levels of carbon monoxide (CO) can penetrate inside a motor vehicle just due to prevailing winds and exhaust not moving away from the vehicle but under it. If you want to learn more about carbon monoxide, begin measuring it with a personal CO monitor everywhere you go." Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety 
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Please, stop diagnostic errors; start testing for carboxyhemoglobin
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 (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, Air Quality & Pollution News Links

Diesel Exhaust Might Raise Truckers' Odds for ALS
U.S. News & World Report
Diesel exhaust contains a variety of toxic compounds, including carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur compounds, formaldehyde, benzene and methanol, the NIH (U.S. National Institutes of Health) says. Any of these compounds, on their own or in combination, could be contributing to the death of nerve cells… Jobs with a lot of diesel exhaust exposure include truck drivers, police officers, shipyard hands, construction workers, farm laborers and tool operators, as well as many people who work in an industrial setting, Dickerson said… ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a neurodegenerative condition in which the nerve cells responsible for controlling muscle movement wither and die. Patients eventually lose their strength and their ability to walk, move, speak, eat and even breathe. There is no cure, according…

10 Industrial Plants Emit 70 Percent of Pittsburgh-Area Air Pollution
Sierra Magazine
Over the last two decades, Pittsburgh has consistently turned up in rankings of the most livable cities in the United States, topping lists from the Economist to Forbes to While that may be a reality for some residents, for others, just breathing the air could be dangerous, even deadly, as a new report released today makes clear… according to the new Toxic Ten report released today by PennEnvironment. That pollution includes heavy metals and other toxic substances that have been linked to health problems such as asthma, birth defects, and cancer. Out of those 10, the Cheswick Generating Station, a coal-fired power plant sited along the Allegheny River, was named the number one most polluting facility, responsible for emitting over 300 pounds of arsenic and over 200 pounds of chromium—in addition to lead, manganese, mercury, and other toxic pollutants—into the air in 2016 alone…

Cleaning Products May Harm Female Workers' Lungs as Much as Smoking a Pack a Day
Environmental Working Group
According to the American Thoracic Society, lung function naturally declines slightly every year, starting in a person’s mid-20s. An accelerated dip in lung function could mean that a person’s health will decline sooner than expected. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, was the third leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2014. COPD encompasses a number of diseases, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema…

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.

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 ...
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 - 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

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. 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
- 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
| 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
Masimo - see RAD 57
Mahugh Fire & Safety
ESCO Institute
TPI - Test Products International