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Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning -

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Attorney Ven Johnson Files Lawsuit in Niles, Michigan Carbon Monoxide Case -

Monday, May 15, 2017

Residential Carbon Monoxide Regulations Improving. -

Monday, February 24, 2014

She’s In Danger & So Are You -

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

He Thinks He’s Tougher Than Carbon Monoxide -

Monday, January 6, 2014

Carbon Monoxide, A Clear and Present Danger -

Monday, April 1, 2013

Gas Detection Mythbuster! -

Monday, June 27, 2011

Carbon Monoxide is Not Forgiving -

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Incident Commander -

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

  • Sulfur Dioxide and Volcanoes

                Carter Evans of CBS news interviewed volcano expert Paul Davis, who told him that, …”the gas occurs during the melting process (in the volcano). It’s sort of like you’ve injected ammonia into all your, your nose, into your breathing area, into your throat.” Mr. Evans has things a skewed, since getting hit with sulfur dioxide is a great deal different than getting hit with ammonia except for one thing- they’re both bad. Sulfur dioxide is an acidic gas, while ammonia is basic. So much for technical reporting.

  • Protecting Our Heroes

    Sometimes its too easy to forget that safety technology is an integral part of protecting our heroes. Watch this video and see what you think.

  • Accidental Death in a Lab

    There’s no reason for anything like this to happen.  It’s a terrible tragedy, and should show every responsible University how important Safety is in their laboratories.  It shows just how cavalier UCLA has been about cultivating a proper safety culture.

  • Get Weather Ready – During a Hurricane

    Get weather ready during a Hurricane is a good idea, but getting weather ready before a hurricane is better!

  • Dangers of Oxygen Deficiency

    Oxygen is kind of important.  You go down quickly in an oxygen depleted environment.  Seconds is all it takes.


Distant Measurement and Responder Psychology- Part Three of Three

Feb 22, 2017

How Close Would You Like to Be to This? Responders need to reduce unnecessary job stress so they can think clearly during the performance of their already stressful jobs. Training is critical toward that end, of course, and so is having the right equipment. These two concerns are discussed a lot in the industry. But today I’d like to deal with an issue that is too seldom discussed, and that is the distance factor in hazards detection and its effect on a responder’s psychology. In general, the further removed we are from physical danger, the more clearly we are able…

Looking Down the Barrel of an Infrared Temperature Gun- Part Two

Jan 22, 2017

Last week I talked about some of the potential issues for Emergency Responders re build up on the Fresnel lens system in an infrared temperature gun.  Smoke & ash from fires are one set of issues, and chemical extinguishing agents are another.  Chemical vapor residues from a chemical leak (say methyl bromide, for example) can cause problems, too.  There’s a fourth category for all detection & measurement equipment, but I’ll address that next posting. But how often should you clean a top notch temperature gun (say our Top Temp Gun or the Flash Point Temp Gun)?  Here’s the answer from our techs: *****…

Respirator Use and Terror Attacks

Jan 10, 2017

According to the CDC/NIOSH, “Some employers and consumers are considering purchasing escape hoods or other respirators to protect themselves against potential terrorist threats, including biological and chemical substances.” They neatly avoid slipping down the slippery slope of trying to cover all situations, and instead give us a strong dose of common sense. Their first recommendation is this: “As a first step, plan how to respond if an emergency happens. A respirator is only one small part of that plan.” Think hard, they suggest, about whether to go outside or stay in place. The US Department of Homeland Security offers information…

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Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

According to the Mayo Clinic, the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are as follows: ” Signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning may include: Dull headache Weakness Dizziness Nausea or vomiting Shortness of breath Confusion Blurred vision Loss of consciousness Carbon monoxide poisoning can be especially dangerous for people who are sleeping or intoxicated. People may have irreversible brain damage or even be killed before anyone realizes there’s a problem.” This last observation, that CO poisoning is especially dangerous for people who are sleeping should be a huge concern for everyone.  People who think they are safe because of their…


Attorney Ven Johnson Files Lawsuit in Niles, Michigan Carbon Monoxide Case

Breaking news… According to a news release by Johnson Law, Attorney Ven Johnson of Johnson Law, PLC announced that his firm has filed a lawsuit on behalf of six individuals who suffered carbon monoxide poisoning at the Quality Inn Hotel in Niles, Michigan on April 1, 2017. The lawsuit includes 13-year-old Bryan Douglas-Watts who died from his injuries. The victims were swimming in the hotel pool at the time of the incident. The lawsuit was filed against the Quality Inn & Suites as well as its franchise owner, Jayesh Patel, and Choice Hotels International, Inc., who are responsible for the design…

Residential Carbon Monoxide Regulations Improving.

CO Detector Placement Recommendation “The International Association of Fire Chiefs recommend a carbon monoxide detector on every floor of your home, including the basement. A detector should be located within 10 feet of each bedroom door and there should be one near or over any attached garage. Each detector should be replaced every five to six years.” (an interesting site that I recommend) According to a New York Times story run on September 11, 1997, “Many carbon monoxide detectors sold in hardware stores sound their alarms for no reason, or fail to sound an alarm even when high concentrations…

She’s In Danger & So Are You

It looks safe enough, doesn’t it? Maybe you think she’s in danger from a stalker or a schoolmate. No, that’s not it at all. She’s in danger because the library she’s visiting was built on a landfill. It emits a lot of methane.  It emits a lot of CO2.  Worse still, it emits a lot of H2S (hydrogen sulfide) and CO (carbon monoxide). Three out of these four gases are not only invisible, but odorless, too.  Hydrogen sulfide has the odor of rotten eggs, but after being exposed to it for a little while, people get olfactory fatigue and can’t…