Thursday, March 1, 2018

Carbon Monoxide News March 1, 2018, 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.

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”

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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1 Hospitalized For Elevated Carbon Monoxide Levels In Dix Hills
One person was hospitalized due to high levels of Carbon Monoxide at a Dix Hills home on Tuesday morning, fire officials say. Dix Hills firefighters responded to an oil burner emergency at a home on Arbor Lane at 8:30 a.m. An adult was taken to Huntington Hospital to be treated…

100 Evacuated From Newark Building, High CO Levels Found: DPS
NEWARK, NJ — Newark authorities evacuated more than 100 people from a Euclid Avenue building on Wednesday due to high levels of carbon monoxide. Newark firefighters responded to a commercial building at 43 Euclid Avenue after receiving a call about "high CO levels,"… This is a developing story. Patch will update this article if more information becomes available…

Near death incident prompts safety warning
Poudre Fire Authority: Talk to your family about carbon monoxide
Loveland Reporter-Herald
FORT COLLINS — PFA firefighters responded to what a press release described as a "serious" carbon monoxide-related call at a home in Fort Collins early Wednesday morning. An adult and two children needed hospitalization for treatment of conditions likely associated with exposure to carbon monoxide, the PFA press release stated… There were no carbon monoxide detectors in the home, and testing conducted by firefighters reported life-threatening levels of carbon monoxide… The Poudre Fire Authority encourages talking to friends, family and housemates about safety regarding carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas that can cause serious illness or death…

'We're lucky to be alive', says housemate after three escape killer gas
A woman who was hospitalised along with two friends for carbon monoxide poisoning has said they are thankful to be alive after a lucky escape… She added that she and another housemate had some symptoms but had not initially linked them to carbon monoxide poisoning… "Both of us were suffering headaches. One of the girls had bloodshot eyes and one of us had pains in our legs," she said… I gave Gas Networks a call because we were worried," she said… "As soon as the man walked in his machine started beeping and he asked us to open all the windows and doors… "Then he said, 'You need to get out of the house now, your reading is through the roof'."…

Do you ever host visiting sports players?
Three BCHL Centennials shaken after barely escaping fiery Merritt nightmare
The Province
Jessica Culbertson thought the endless beeping that had woken her up was a cruel joke… “I was mad at first, like ‘who would set my phone’s alarm for 5:30 on a Saturday morning?’ Then I kind of really woke up,” she said… She thought it was a troublesome carbon monoxide detector sounding its low battery alarm, and nudged her husband Rich awake. Then she smelled the smoke… They leaped up, ran into the hall and peered down the stairs, where they could see the throbbing orange glow of the hell that was about to engulf their family’s house… Pounding on the doors and walls, Rich woke up their daughter, 15-year-old Emma, and Joey Berkopec, one of the three Merritt Centennial players the family billets. Emma ran through the flames to get to the front door, cutting herself after tripping in the blinding smoke…

House OKs bill requiring carbon monoxide detectors in schools
WPRI 12 Eyewitness News
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island is one step closer to joining a short list of states that require carbon monoxide detectors in all schools. Under current law, the devices are a requirement in every home and business in Rhode Island, but not school buildings… The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Joseph McNamara, said he’s cautiously optimistic it will fare well in the Senate as well… “It’s critical to Rhode Island, with these older heating and ventilation systems, that we take this simple measure to protect our students,” said McNamara, D-Warwick…

Update – frustration, fear and expensive decisions
Residents of Airdrie building at centre of fatal CO leak weighing their options
CTV News
Some residents of an Airdrie building that was the site of a fatal carbon monoxide incident early this month say they are moving out while many others who own their units have been left with a huge repair bill…

Similar symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure
Is Feeling Out Of Breath A Sign Of Pregnancy? Here's What It Means
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams - Nausea and fatigue are the classic early signs of pregnancy, but the list of strange sensations is almost impossibly long, and everyone experiences early pregnancy differently. Dizziness is one weird early pregnancy symptom I personally experienced (and I certainly wasn't a fan). But what about "air hunger?" Is feeling out of breath a sign of pregnancy? Interestingly, shortness of breath, even in early days, is actually pretty common…

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)

More news links below –

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

Can Dogs Detect Carbon Monoxide?
Studies do tell us, however, that pets are more susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning than humans. Our pets are most vulnerable during cold winter months. When it gets colder, we seal up our houses, insulate the windows, keeping in warmth and out cold. We are also sealing in fumes; It is important to keep an eye on your pet during winter months if their behavior changes. There will also be some clear body language signs to keep a lookout for. It only takes minutes for pets and small children to be affected by carbon monoxide, so if you notice any of the following behaviors in your dog or your kids, act immediately and get them to the vet/doctor…

Facts at your Fingertips: Industrial Combustion Products
All chemical process industries (CPI) operations involving combustion need to be concerned with the emission of combustion products, due to their potential environmental and health impacts. This one-page reference provides information about several of the most common combustion byproducts from industrial heating processes… Combustion provides heat for many industrial processes and accounts for over 80% of the power used by turbines to generate electricity… Carbon dioxideCarbon monoxideOxides of nitrogenSulfur byproductsParticulate matter - … Modern industrial combustion both for process heat and power generation is characterized by an increasingly diverse fuel supply and a greater need to reduce potentially polluting emissions…

Mile-high monitoring: Hawaiian Airlines flights to Auckland part of global weather scheme
New Zealand Herald
High in the troposphere in the middle of the Pacific, a passenger aircraft bound for New Zealand is taking readings that could be crucial in predicting our climate future… IAGOS executive secretary Dr Hannah Clark says the real-time data collected from the aircraft complements satellite information to help build weather models… ''The data will be used to help validate some of the satellite observations - it also feeds into models for weather forecasting and modelling climate change and to look at the dispersal of pollution across the globe,'' she told the Herald… The instruments are installed under the cockpit and attached to probes in the front-left fuselage which perform atmospheric sampling from takeoff - at about 150km/h - until the plane lands. The probes also provide information about icing conditions which may be useful in aircraft safety studies…

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