Record Cold Temperatures in the Western USA leads to increases in CO Poisoning
Blog: Mark K. Goldstein, Ph.D., CEO
Date: Jan. 17, 2013
Statistics from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that CO is the leading cause of poisoning deaths in the USA. Over half of all CO poisoning occur between November and February, according to the CDC. The CDC tracks only non-fire, non-automotive, non-workplace accidents regarding CO. Fire is the biggest carbon monoxide killer according to Cobb and Etzel, JAMA. Nearly 1550 people per year die from CO poisoning in fires.
More than 40 students were hospitalized in Nashville, TN for carbon monoxide poisoning after a furnace leaked at Drexel Preparatory Academy. Principal Cheryl Bowman said students began coming to her office Monday morning complaining of flu-like symptoms. The gas is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. It cannot be sensed by humans or animals. Every school should have carbon monoxide alarms in every classroom. The Most Reliable technology to detect this very toxic gas is with a Quantum Group Inc. CO alarm technology, according to a report by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL Report 40556). These CO sensors are made in America.
The COSTAR® 9RV and Quantum Guardian® QG100 are available at www.QGinc.comand/or www.QuantumGuardian.comor by calling 800-432-5599. CO alarms range in price from about $24 to over $36, depending on the features and design. Another product with this very reliable technology is the Honeywell C8600, please see www.honeywell.com