During the past several months, I have been attending and speaking at many of the public hearings on carbon monoxide legislation throughout Long Island. I listened to John Largan, the partner of Steve Nelson, who passed away from CO poisoning at Legal Sea Foods in February, speak so passionately about the suffering Steve went through in the weeks before he finally succumbed. Even the doctors failed to diagnose his condition. 
    I read about the AMT (Advanced Medical Technician) who recently went into a Dunkin Donuts in Carle Place and happened to have a portable CO meter on his person that alerted him of 35 PPM of CO while he was waiting on line for coffee. He evacuated the premises and the responding fire department found a clogged exhaust vent. Both of these situations, in my opinion, started as chronic CO poisoning. 
    Chronic CO poisoning usually involves lower levels of the gas in the air and lower blood CO (COHb) concentrations. Exposure usually continues for many days. The boundary limit between acute and chronic exposure is indistinct (acute: one exposure lasting less than 24 hours; chronic: exposures lasting 24 hours or more). 
    I wrote an advisory because I wanted to make all aware the UL-listed carbon monoxide detectors or alarms do not sound an alarm for conditions under 30 PPM.  For conditions over 30 PPM to 70 PPM, an alarm is not required to be sounded for these devices until AFTER 30 DAYS.  That means that if the 35 PPM condition in Dunkin Donuts remained at that level and if there where UL-listed detectors or alarms installed, with or without a digital display, they would NOT HAVE ALARMED until AFTER 30 days. 
    I am recommending the use of additional carbon monoxide monitors that produce alerts below the UL requirements to supplement, not take the place of, the required alarms and detectors.  If anyone has any questions, please contact Denise Rueda at 631-619-9416 or email deniser@briscoeprotective.com
Robert P. Williams 
Briscoe Protective Systems Inc
New York
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Alarm Association of Greater St. Louis.   September 16, 2014.  at Tech Electronics HQs office at 6437 Manchester  Ave, St. Louis, MO 63139.  Meeting is from 11:45 – 1:30  Video conference presentation starting at 12:15 CST.  For more information or to register contact Tony Drago adrago@tyco.com  www.alarmstl.org
NYSESA - September 17, 2014 at Honor's Haven Resort, Ellenville, NY.  This is the NYS Electronic Security Assoc annual meeting.  Presentation on updated contracts and current legal issues will be at 10:30 AM.  For more information or reservations contact Dale R. Eller, Executive Director (814) 838-0301  dalereller@itzsolutions.com

Alabama Alarm Association.  AAA's Fall Meeting and Trade Show - October 21, 2014 from 3 to 5 PM at DoubleTree Hotel 808 South 20th Street Birmingham, AL 35205  for more info contact AAA Executive Director: director@alabamaalarm.org  (205) 933-9000 


Electronic Security Summit for 2014.  October 22-24, 2014  at the landmark Broadmoor Hotel. Colorado Springs, CO.  For more information contact Alexander J. Quirin, CEO & Managing Partner, Advisory Summit Providers, LLC.,  (786) 999-9738    alex.quirin@aspsummits.com    www.aspsummits.com