Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Carbon Monoxide News June 5, 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.

“Human beings lose their logic in their vindictiveness.”

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.

World Wide Reports - Pollution and Health Effects 
Carbon Monoxide News Links –
More news links below (International Spelling; no edits)

Update & Safety Reminders
Gas-powered equipment sends Topsfield father, son to hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning
Wicked Local
A Topsfield father and son are OK, despite being exposed to carbon monoxide (CO) Saturday afternoon while running gas-powered machinery inside their home. Today, Fire Chief Jen Collins-Brown is emphasizing the importance of working CO detectors and reminding local residents that gas-powered machinery shouldn’t be used inside a house or other poorly ventilated structure. - Collins-Brown said the Glen Road residents were using a gas-powered pressure washer in the basement of the home. When the father turned the machine off, she said, he heard the CO detectors’ alarms going off. He called the Fire Station business line when he began to feel unwell…

Another Carbon Monoxide Event Prompts Another Australian Warning
Baby stable after Melbourne gas leak
"Carbon monoxide is a potential fatal poisonous gas that you cannot see, smell or taste," Energy Safe Victoria's Paul Fearon said… - A baby is among four people taken to hospital in Melbourne's northwest after a suspected gas leak, believed to be caused by a faulty heater. - A man and woman, both in their 30s, were taken to Sunshine Hospital after experiencing dizziness and tightness in the chest at their Maidstone home about 7.15pm on Monday. - A baby girl and another man in his 20s did not experience any symptoms but were also taken to hospital as a precaution. - Fire crews believe a faulty gas heater may be to blame for the leak and have referred the matter to Energy Safe Victoria…

SA Health issues carbon monoxide poisoning warning after increase in ED presentations
The Advertiser
A SPIKE in the number of South Australians taken to emergency departments from carbon monoxide-related poisoning in the past year has prompted authorities to issue a health warning as temperatures drop. - A total of 24 people were taken to EDs during 2017-18 from carbon monoxide poisoning, a 60 per cent increase on the previous year. - In 2016-17, there were a total of 15 admissions and in 2015-16, 29 people were admitted to SA hospitals. - Any appliance that uses gas, oil, kerosene or wood — such as gas or wood heaters — can produce carbon monoxide…

Governor signs law in memory of west side teen who died from carbon monoxide poisoning
WRTV Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS-- Governor Eric Holcomb ceremonially signed Savannah’s Law Monday, which will allow fire departments to test vehicular carbon monoxide levels free of charge to Hoosiers. - Savannah Bettis was tragically killed as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning on June 4, 2015. - Her parents, John and Wendy Bettis, have been pushing for carbon monoxide testing and donating proper testing equipment to fire departments… - Sen. Mike Delph, the bill’s author, said he is thankful for the work John and Wendy Bettis for helping prevent other tragedies like this from happening in Indiana. - “I would like to congratulate John and Wendy Bettis for having the strength to turn this terrible family tragedy into something positive for their fellow Hoosiers,”…

Mother appeals to county to join carbon monoxide poisoning mission
Goshen News
GOSHEN — The Elkhart County Commissioners will consider possible steps they could take in support of a mother’s mission to prevent carbon monoxide poisonings and deaths. - Dot Kesling, founder of the Lindsey O’Brien Kesling Wishing Tree Foundation, addressed the commissioners during Monday morning’s meeting, seeking the start of action toward updating building codes to include a requirement for CO detectors in new homes and apartments. - Kesling founded Wishing Tree in 2012, two years after her 22-year-old daughter Lindsey died from CO poisoning shortly after graduating from Indiana University…

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
We challenged middle school students to create posters warning people about the dangers of poisonous carbon monoxide (CO). Did students ever step up to the challenge! We received 700 poster entries – a record number!        Watch the video of the winning posters.

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

I-Team Investigation leads to city leaders meeting about code enforcement
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAFGT)- A News 12 I-Team investigation is once again getting results. City leaders met this Monday morning in response to our story exposing families renting dangerous homes in Augusta while Code Enforcement turns the other way. - Our investigation exposed electrical issues, carbon monoxide leaks, and structural problems in rental homes. We found family after family living in unfit and even dangerous properties. - "My reaction? Clearly, that department is overburdened or someone is not doing their job," District Attorney Natalie Paine said. The Richmond County Marshal confirms this morning's meeting was in response to our investigation…

NY Thermal Recalls Boilers Due to Carbon Monoxide Hazard
Contracting Business
NY Thermal of Canada, in conjunction with the U.S. Consumers Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, is recalling NY Thermal Trinity Tft and Slant/Fin CHS gas residential and commercial boilers. The grommet seal can reduce in size over time and dislodge during use, allowing the boiler to emit carbon monoxide, posing a CO poisoning hazard. No injuries have been reported. - The firm has received three reports of the grommet seal deteriorating or becoming dislodged and the boiler leaking condensation and carbon monoxide…

At least 65 die in Guatemala's 'Volcano of Fire'
ABC News
The Volcan de Fuego, Spanish for "Volcano of Fire," erupted Sunday and released a five-mile stream of lava, a pyroclastic cloud and ash that fell over nearby Guatemala City, the country's capital. - Rescuers were using shovels and heavy machinery this morning to find bodies of some of the victims, The Associated Press reported. Some survivors were rescued using helicopters to reach areas that were threatened by lava or covered in thick layers of ash and mud. - Officials reportedly advised residents to wear masks to protect against ash still in the air…

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

JEMS.com - ...site 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 - www.thesilentkiller.co.uk

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.

U.S. Carbon Monoxide Laws for each state
National Conference of State Legislatures
As of March 2018, a majority of states have enacted statutes regarding carbon monoxide (CO) detectors, and another 11 have promulgated regulations on CO detectors. Alaska requires detectors approved by the state fire marshal be installed in all dwellings. Connecticut requires them in all new construction, as does New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia. Florida also requires them in new construction, and in every room with a boiler. Minnesota passed a law requiring detectors in motor boats.

CO Detectors in U.S. Homes
27 states and the District of Columbia require carbon monoxide detectors in private dwellings via state statute: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia (via adoption of the International Residential Code), Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Certain states limit the installation to buildings with fossil-fuel burning devices, others only require the device be installed upon the sale of the property or unit.

Another 11 states require carbon monoxide detectors in private dwellings regulatorily through the adoption of the International Residential Code or via an amendment to their state’s building code: Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wyoming.

CO Detectors in U.S. Schools
California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine and Maryland require carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in school buildings.

CO Detectors in U.S. Hotels and Motels
Fourteen states require the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in hotels and motels under the statute. - Three of those states (New Jersey, Vermont and Wisconsin) have complementary administrative regulations. - Two states (Kansas and Washington) have requirements through administrative regulations alone.

Ontario Canada Carbon Monoxide Alarm Legislation
Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services
Hawkins-Gignac Act
Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997

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.

The Energy Conservatory
Masimo - see RAD 57
Mahugh Fire & Safety
ESCO Institute
TPI - Test Products International