Friday, February 9, 2018

Carbon Monoxide News February 9, 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.

“I think one's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.” Florence Nightingale (1820-1910, 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 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.

Carbon Monoxide News Links –
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On-demand water heaters are safe, if installed correctly, says expert after CO death
A 12-year-old boy died on Sunday as a result of a tankless water heater that wasn't ventilated properly, say Airdrie RCMP, but a heating professional says that if installed and ventilated correctly, the devices are much safer than their traditional counterparts. The child died from carbon monoxide exposure…

First Responders Receive Three Calls for Carbon Monoxide in a Week
Shortly after midnight on Wednesday, firefighters responded to a mixed-use apartment building in the 900 block of Wayne Avenue in Silver Spring for a report of an alarm going off, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service spokesman Pete Piringer said. They detected a high level of carbon monoxide… About an hour later, crews arrived at a house on the 9400 block of Worth Avenue in Silver Spring after a family called 911 when they “weren’t feeling right,” Piringer said… “They knew there was something wrong … and they were correct,” he said… Six days before, James Baird, the leader of the Latter-Day Saints church in the Washington, D.C., area, died after being exposed to carbon monoxide in his Bethesda home. There was a gas leak in the house's furnace, according to fire officials…

Loose Pipe Found In German Home Where Carbon Monoxide Killed Family
Independent Newspapers Limited
Investigators looking into the carbon monoxide poisoning of a family in south-west Germany have discovered a loose pipe in the building where the parents and two children died, a local media reported on Thursday. “A pipe that was supposed to connect the heating system to the fireplace was found to be detached,’’ police said. On Monday, two 29-year-old parents were found dead with their children, aged 3 and 4, in a house near the south-western German city of Stuttgart…

Indiana board rejects St. Joseph County CO detector ordinance
South Bend Tribune
An Indiana board voted Thursday to reject a St. Joseph County ordinance that would have required carbon monoxide detectors in rental properties… The 11-member Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission cited "language issues" with the ordinance that need to be cleaned up, said Clay Fire Territory Marshal Dave Cherrone, who attended the meeting in Indianapolis… Other co-sponsors of St. Joseph County's ordinance are County Council member Mark Catanzarite, a South Bend firefighter, and Dot Kesling, who runs a Michigan City foundation that advocates for CO detector legislation… The state building code is in the process of being updated, Kesling said, and she is hopeful the new version will require CO detectors statewide. Until then, she'll continue to fight for cities and counties to approve ordinances…

7 treated for carbon monoxide poisoning in Peekskill
News 12 Westchester
Police say there was a CO incident at a home on North Division Street, putting four adults and three children at risk. Everyone is expected to be OK. The source of the leak is still unclear...

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
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 (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

Chimney fire prompts warning from Georgetown Fire Dept.
Wicked Local Georgetown
On Friday, Feb. 2, at approximately 6:30 p.m., the Georgetown Fire Department was dispatched to a residence on Bartlett Drive for a report of a chimney fire… Thankfully, the fire had not extended… Firefighters then placed a ladder up to the chimney and roof. They noticed that there was a blockage approximately 2 feet from the top of the chimney and that the flue had partially collapsed… “This was a best-case scenario in terms of chimney fires in that there was no extension into the home,” Chief Fred Mitchell Jr. said. “We’re thankful that no one was injured, and cannot stress enough the importance of completing fireplace maintenance at the start of heating season to ensure everything is in safe, working order.”…

16 ponies die after Barnbougle Polo
It is understood the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment is investigating the deaths, after taking over the investigation from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. The deaths occurred while the ponies travelled from Barnbougle event at Bridport to Wagga Wagga,.. “What I know is I saw 18 healthy horses on my truck just before departure in Tasmania, and an hour after leaving the boat in Melbourne I discovered 16 of them were dead and cold, ” owner Andrew Williams said… Two champion herding rottweilers died on board the Spirit of Tasmania in 2011, with tests indicating the deaths were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning from the exhaust fumes of cars on board… More than 3500 people flocked to this year’s Barnbougle Polo, the fourth year of the event…

Warning to skiers over carbon monoxide danger
"However, with thousands of families from the UK heading off to cold destinations for the half-term holidays, often on skiing holidays, there is an urgent need for effective, fully-functioning carbon monoxide detectors in all holiday accommodation with fuel burning appliances such as wood burning stoves… The warning follows the recent case of the British family of nine who have instructed lawyers after being taken ill during a Christmas ski holiday… As TravelMole reported last week, the family, including three young children, suffered carbon monoxide poisoning after a large amount of snow apparently blocked the air flow into their French chalet…

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