Thursday, December 13, 2018

Carbon Monoxide News December 13, 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.

Experience is a good school. But the fees are high.
Heinrich Heine (1797-1856, 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.

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

1 hospitalized for carbon monoxide poisoning in Northwest
WASHINGTON — A person was hospitalized Tuesday night after passing out from carbon monoxide poison in a home in Northwest D.C. - When firefighters entered the home, their body-worn carbon monoxide detectives activated. - The firefighters put on protective gear and re-entered the home, where they found one person unconscious. - The victim was transported to the hospital in serious condition. EMS is evaluating the condition of a second occupant in the home. - High readings of carbon monoxide were confirmed inside the home, and a preliminary investigation involving hazmat teams revealed the source of the poisonous gas to be a faulty furnace. (More)

No detectors in building – Get them installed!
New Castle apartment evacuated due to Carbon Monoxide
NEW CASTLE, Pa. - A New Castle apartment was evacuated yesterday due to a dangerous amount of carbon monoxide affecting about a dozen residents. - The complex is home to mostly elderly people. No one was injured during the evacuation or because of the carbon monoxide. - The New Castle Fire Chief says a divider in the boiler blocked the exhaust pipe… (Brief, Video Report Next Link)

Medic's handheld device saves dozens of residents from carbon monoxide leak
WPXI Pittsburgh (Video Report)
The New Castle facility did not have carbon monoxide detectors, but a medic who walked into the building was tipped off by a device he keeps on him. (Video Report)

Hinsdale family treated for severe carbon monoxide poisoning
Olean Times Herald
HINSDALE - The ambulance also transported to the hospital two students from Hinsdale Central School who lived in the Route 16 home. - The fire chief declined to identify the family due to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) regulations. - “All had high levels of carbon monoxide,” said Karst, who was at the scene. “We ventilated the house and located a damaged chimney that went undetected.” It was connected to a coal stove. - “Everyone was conscious and alert,” Karst said. He said he didn’t see any carbon monoxide detectors in the home although there were smoke detectors. (More)

High CO levels again close Mashpee school
Cape Cod Times
MASHPEE - The Quashnet School was closed for a second day in a row Wednesday after officials detected high levels of carbon monoxide in the building as a result of a gas leak, according to Mashpee Deputy Fire Chief John Phelan. - Phelan said Fire Chief Thomas Rullo was checking out the building Wednesday morning before the school day began when carbon monoxide levels began to rise in the boiler room as they had the day before. - The boiler room is near the school’s kitchen staff, Phelan said. - Students who were on their way to school were not let into the building after the rising levels were detected, and… (More)

Weymouth family lucky to be alive after carbon monoxide scare
Boston 25 News
WEYMOUTH, Mass. - "I believe their actions saved the lives of those 10 people in the home that morning," said South Shore Health System EMS Director Dr. William Tollefsen. - Just days before Thanksgiving, 10 people gathered in a home in Weymouth and planned to leave for a Disney vacation the next day. - But at some point overnight, their home filled with a deadly gas. - Firefighters said a malfunctioning boiler in the basement of the home caused toxic levels of carbon monoxide to appear on every floor. - When firefighters arrived, special carbon monoxide alarms on their gear immediately went off. - The firefighters put on masks and went room to room, waking up the other family members and getting them safely out of the house. (More)

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
Video - Propane (LPG) tanks of any size can violently compound a structure fire – KEEP THEM OUTSIDE
BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion) Demonstration - How it Happens Training Video--------

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)

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

Hardware stores report rush on carbon monoxide detectors after rash of poisonings
Carbon monoxide detectors have been flying off the shelves of Vancouver hardware stores after a rash of poisonings in the province. - "We probably had 30 or 40 in stock and they went out of there within three or four hours." - The Home Depot and other hardware stores also reported a rush on CO monitors. - Thirteen people from a Vancouver office — including two in critical condition — had to be taken to hospital one week ago with carbon monoxide poisoning. (More)

How carbon monoxide detector saved this 90-year-old Burton man's life
Derbyshire Live
The resident from Burton, who has not been named, was taken to hospital after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning on Wednesday, December 5. - The man heard an alarm sounding in his house in Tutbury Road and, thinking it was his smoke alarm, called the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. - He later suspected it could have been a carbon monoxide detector, which was confirmed when firefighters arrived at the scene. - A gas engineer checked the levels of carbon monoxide in the man's bungalow and confirmed the level was higher than the safe limit for a domestic property. (More)

Delta's fire chief is pushing for carbon monoxide detectors in older homes
Delta’s fire chief is raising awareness about carbon monoxide poisoning. - Paul Schofield appeared as a delegation at Monday’s Delta council meeting seeking support to have the province mandate that all homes built prior to 2006 have carbon monoxide detectors. - He said carbon monoxide gas interferes with the body’s ability to transport oxygen through the blood. - Potential sources of carbon monoxide in the home are malfunctioning furnaces, leaking exhaust vents for gas appliances and fireplaces that aren’t properly vented. - “In Canada between 2000 and 2013 there were just under 5,000 deaths associated with carbon monoxide poisoning. On average, 300 people die per year in Canada,” he said. (More)
Sit and rest a while; miss the children, prevent repeating this tragedy.
Corfu carbon monoxide deaths: Memorial unveiled in HorburyBBC 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.

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