Friday, 13 May 2016

Carbon Monoxide News May 11, 2016 – 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.

“On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.” Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, bio link)

"Right Down The Line" Gerry Rafferty - music link

How much carbon monoxide are you in when in any motor vehicle?

Did you know that many people do not measure the air they live in?
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.

Consider low level protection for carbon monoxide and smoldering fire detection problems; don't leave anyone behind. CO Experts

Featured News Links – More news links below
Champaign Fire Officials release more information on Fatal Cypress Dr. Fire
WAND
While investigating the scene, officials found two smoke alarms and two carbon monoxide alarms. The smoke alarms were found in the hallway closet… One carbon monoxide alarm was found in that same closet, unplugged, without a battery installed. The second alarm was found near the utility room of the house, plugged in, with a battery back-up installed… Those carbon monoxide alarms may undergo further testing to confirm if they would have sounded during the fire…

Firefighters going door-to-door checking carbon monoxide alarms
Lancaster News
Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, members of the Lancaster Fire Department will go door-to-door to homes in the University Drive and East Gay Street ... Fire Marshal Tom Lever said the one-day blitz is funded through a joint grant from the Jeffrey Lee Williams Foundation and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation… The 11-year-old Williams died from noxious gas poisoning while staying in a Boone, N.C., hotel room in June 2013…

Carbon monoxide detectors promoted
Vernon Morning Star
Now retired, Gignac is making it his mission to see that every home, by law, is required to have a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm after tragedy struck his family… Gignac, from Brantford, Ont., lost his beloved niece, Laurie Hawkins, her husband and their two young children in 2008 after the four died as a result of CO backing up from a gas fireplace in their home in Woodstock, 45 miles from Uncle John in Brantford… They did not have a carbon monoxide alarm…

UPDATE: QGC staff self-evacuated to escape smoke at CBD
Gladstone Observer
Mr. Sullivan said the ventilator fire fighters used to get rid of the smoke had filled the building with carbon monoxide, which they expect will clear shortly ...

Agents and landlords told to take gas issues more seriously
Letting Agent Today
The boiler was subsequently reported by the tenant after they suspected a carbon monoxide leak and the National Grid had to switch off the gas ...

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Women Talking
The results show that although 95% of the UK say they know what CO poisoning is, less than six percent of the UK (5.5%) can actually identify the most common symptoms and over a third of privately owned homes (38.1%) have not been fitted with an alarm…

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.
nih.gov
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… 
NOTE: Listed U.L. 2034 & CSA 6.19 Carbon Monoxide Alarms 
VISUAL DISPLAY:
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
70PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 5PPM ... [BETWEEN 60 _ 240 MINUTES]
150PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 5PPM] ... [10 - 50 MINUTES]
400PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 10PPM ... [4 _ 15 MINUTES]

“CITIZENS WILL CONTINUE TO DIE & BECOME SERIOUSLY ILL DAILY!” George Kerr - CO Experts 
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: 

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
CO and Air Quality News Links 

High-Tech Tool Turns Up Dozens of Natural Gas Leaks in Florida City
Public News Service
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - How safe are the natural gas lines under your street? A new high-tech tool is helping to answer that question, while potentially sparing damage to the environment and your wallet. The collaboration between the Environmental Defense Fund and Google Earth Outreach sent cars equipped with special sensors driving all across Jacksonville to create an interactive map that shows where methane is leaking from natural gas lines…

This country is giving firms a 75% discount off hydrogen-fueled vehicles
CNBC
Fuel cell vehicles have no carbon dioxide emissions, with their only by-product water vapor… The U.K. government has launched a £2 million ($2.89 million) fund to "encourage more businesses to switch to hydrogen-fuelled vehicles." In a news release on Tuesday, the Department for Transport and Office for Low Emission Vehicles said the Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) Fleet Support Scheme would enable private businesses, as well as organizations such as police forces and health trusts, to bid for funding in order to complement their fleets with zero emission vehicles…

In West Virginia, a Coal Divide Between Trump and Clinton
Voice of America
The number of people directly employed for coal mining in West Virginia has been on the decline for years, and fell 25 percent between 2014 and 2015. That goes along with a drop in demand for coal by the power industry, which has also declined by about 25 percent since 2007 as providers relied more on wind and natural gas. But coal still accounts for 95 percent of electricity production in the state…

Animation shows how global warming is spiraling out of control
USA TODAY
The burning of fossil fuels such as oil, coal and gas over the past 150 years has released carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the planet's atmosphere, causing global air and sea temperatures to rise to levels that cannot be explained by natural variability… A new graphic boils down 166 years of data into a stunning 15-second animation that shows just how quickly global warming is spiraling out of control…

Secrets of life on early Earth — and other planets — may be trapped in ancient gas bubbles
Washington Post
Some 2.7 billion years ago, lava started oozing out of a crack in the planet in what is now Australia. It spread and spread, flowing out in every direction until it hit seawater. Then, swiftly, it hardened into rock… As the lava surged upward, gases that had dissolved under the high pressures of Earth's interior expanded and formed bubbles — much the way a bottle of soda fizzes when you unscrew the cap. Those bubbles were frozen in time when the lava that contained them solidified…

How much carbon dioxide is produced per kilowatt hour when generating electricity with fossil fuels?
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.
How to use a Fire Extinguisher
VideoNex
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 ... 
CO EXperts
Johnson County Kansas - Continuing Education – – Video Link

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 accute 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
DailyMotion
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 


Consider low level protection for carbon monoxide and smoldering fire detection problems; don't leave anyone behind. CO Experts


These following links may be of some use to you: 
U.S. Drought Monitor
- Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive
- Current Data for Atmospheric CO2
- Federal Aviation Administration CO warning
- 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 
Carbon Monoxide Detectors State Statutes 

Twenty-Nine U.S. states have statutes that require carbon monoxide detectors in certain residential buildings. Updated Nov. 2014
Alaska | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | Florida |
Georgia | Illinois | Maine | Maryland | MassachusettsMichigan |
Minnesota | Montana | New Jersey | New Hampshire | New York | 
  
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 
IntelliTec Colleges 

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