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Updated 11-30-2010 /Carbon monoxide blamed in two deaths in South Bend
By CLIFTON FRENCH
SOUTH BEND – Two South Bend men were found dead in their home on Orange Street on Saturday, according to police.
Police said 30-year-old Daniel Shivers and 39-year-old Victor Smith died of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Police were called to a home in the 2500 block of Orange Street at 8:30 p.m. Police said Smith’s brother had told them he hadn’t seen him in a couple of days.
When officers arrived, they said the house was completely secure and mail was piled up in the mailbox, according to Capt. Phil Trent of the South Bend Police Department.
Trent said the responding officer had to remove a window air conditioning unit to get inside. But when the officer tried to enter, the carbon monoxide was so heavy he couldn’t breathe.
Trent said firefighters had to ventilate the home before officers could enter.
Police said there was no sign of foul play.
The coroner on the scene determined the cause of deaths as accidental.
Don’t become a statistic! Have a carbon Monoxide Detector and know how to use it. (Be sure to check out the video at the bottom)
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What is Carbon Monoxide and why do I need a Carbon Monoxide Detector?
Carbon Monoxide Detector in an Outlet
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless and potentially dangerous gas produced when fuel burns without enough air for complete combustion. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include fatigue, headache, dizziness, nausea, coughing, irregular breathing, paleness and cherry red lips and ears.
If symptoms are noticed, it is advised that you immediately open windows and doors to ventilate the home or structure, call 911 and get outside into fresh air. Later, have appliances checked carefully by a qualified heating contractor.
Purchase and install a carbon monoxide detector on each level of your home and near sleeping areas, in rooms over or near a garage, in the basement or other isolated area, and in rooms where space heaters are used. Detectors that have been verified by Underwriters Laboratory (UL) and have been manufactured after October 1995 conform to minimum alarm requirements. Those marked UL 2034 or IAS 6–96 have met the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission guidelines. Follow the directions for installing and using the detector carefully.
To help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:
Ø Have your chimney and flue cleaned every year.
Ø Get a qualified inspector to check appliances and heating systems each year.
Ø Be sure all home appliances have adequate ventilation.
Ø Don’t rely on carbon monoxide detectors as a substitute for maintaining appliances, furnaces or chimneys.
Ø Be sure burner flames in appliances and heating systems are blue, not orange.
Ø Never use a gas range for space heating.
Ø Never run an automobile or gasoline engine in an enclosed space.
Ø Never use a charcoal grill indoors.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Different from Smoke Detectors
By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D., About.com Guide
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, carbon monoxide poisoning is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America. Carbon monoxide detectors are available, but you need to understand how they work and what their limitations are in order to decide whether or not you need a detector and, if you purchase a detector, how to use it to get the best protection.
What is Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, invisible gas. Each carbon monoxide molecule is composed of a single carbon atom bonded to a single oxygen atom. Carbon monoxide results from the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, such as wood, kerosene, gasoline, charcoal, propane, natural gas, and oil.
Where is Carbon Monoxide Found?
Carbon monoxide is present in low levels in the air. In the home, it is formed from incomplete combustion from any flame-fueled (i.e., not electric) device, including ranges, ovens, clothes dryers, furnaces, fireplaces, grills, space heaters, vehicles, and water heaters. Furnaces and water heaters may be sources of carbon monoxide, but if they are vented properly the carbon monoxide will escape to the outside. Open flames, such as from ovens and ranges, are the most common source of carbon monoxide. Vehicles are the most common cause of carbon monoxide poisoning.
How Do Carbon Monoxide Detectors Work?
Carbon monoxide detectors trigger an alarm based on an accumulation of carbon monoxide over time. Carbon monoxide can harm you if you are exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide in a short period of time, or to lower levels of carbon monoxide over a long period of time. Carbon monoxide detectors require a continuous power supply, so if the power cuts off then the alarm becomes ineffective. Models are available that offer back-up battery power.
Why is Carbon Monoxide Dangerous?
When carbon monoxide is inhaled, it passes from the lungs into the hemoglobin molecules of red blood cells. Carbon monoxide binds to hemoglobin at the same site as and preferentially to oxygen, forming carboxyhemoglobin. Carboxyhemoglobin interferes with the oxygen transport and gas exchange abilities of red blood cells. The result is that the body becomes oxygen-starved, which can result in tissue damage and death. Low levels of carbon monoxide poisoning cause symptoms similar to those of the flu or a cold, including shortness of breath on mild exertion, mild headaches, and nausea. Higher levels of poisoning lead to dizziness, mental confusion, severe headaches, nausea, and fainting on mild exertion. Ultimately, carbon monoxide poisoning can result in unconsciousness, permanent brain damage, and death. Carbon monoxide detectors are set to sound an alarm before the exposure to carbon monoxide would present a hazard to a healthy adult. Babies, children, pregnant women, people with circulatory or respiratory ailments, and the elderly are more sensitive to carbon monoxide than healthy adults.
Where Should I Place a Carbon Monoxide Detector?
Because carbon monoxide is slightly lighter than air and also because it may be found with warm, rising air, detectors should be placed on a wall about 5 feet above the floor. The detector may be placed on the ceiling. Do not place the detector right next to or over a fireplace or flame-producing appliance. Keep the detector out of the way of pets and children. Each floor needs a separate detector. If you getting a single carbon monoxide detector, place it near the sleeping area and make certain the alarm is loud enough to wake you up.
What Do I Do if the Alarm Sounds?
Don’t ignore the alarm! It is intended to go off before you are experiencing symptoms. Silence the alarm, get all members of the household to fresh air, and ask whether anyone is experiencing any of the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. If anyone is experiencing symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, call 911. If no one has symptoms, ventilate the building, identify and remedy the source of the carbon monoxide before returning inside, and have appliances or chimneys checked by a professional as soon as possible.
Additional Carbon Monoxide Concerns and Information
Don’t automatically assume that you need or don’t need a carbon monoxide detector. Also, don’t assume that you are safe from carbon monoxide poisoning just because you have a detector installed. Carbon monoxide detectors are intended to protect healthy adults, so take the ages and health of family members into account when assessing the effectiveness of a detector. Also, be aware that the average life span of many carbon monoxide detectors is about 2 years. The ‘test’ feature on many detectors checks the functioning of the alarm and not the status of the detector. There are detectors that last longer, indicate when they need to be replaced, and have power supply backups — you need to check to see whether a particular model has the features you require. When deciding whether or not to purchase a carbon monoxide detector, you need to consider not only the number and type of carbon monoxide sources, but also the construction of the building. Newer building may have more airtight construction and may be better insulated, which make it easier for carbon monoxide to accumulate.
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Ready for some Thanksgiving quotes? I don’t mean the “I’m thankful for my Nintendo Wii” or the “I’m thankful for my new car” quotes that we hear all too often lately. I mean some real Thanksgiving quotes that remind us of what we really have to be thankful for.
Here are 10 Thanksgiving quotes to celebrate and ponder.
1. “The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.” ~ H.U. Westermayer
2. “Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.” ~ Edward Sandford Martin
3. “There is one day that is ours. There is one day when all we Americans who are not self-made go back to the old home to eat saleratus biscuits and marvel how much nearer to the porch the old pump looks than it used to. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.” ~ O. Henry
4. “You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’ You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.” ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon
5. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy
6. “We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” ~ Harry A. Ironside
7. “It must be an odd feeling to be thankful to nobody in particular. Christians in public institutions often see this odd thing happening on Thanksgiving Day. Everyone in the institution seems to be thankful ‘in general.’ It’s very strange. It’s a little like being married in general.” ~ Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.
8. “It is literally true, as the thankless say, that they have nothing to be thankful for. He who sits by the fire, thankless for the fire, is just as if he had no fire. Nothing is possessed save in appreciation, of which thankfulness is the indispensable ingredient. But a thankful heart hath a continual feast.” ~ W. J. Cameron
9. “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” ~ Cicero
10. “Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men, but be careful that you do not take the day and leave out the gratitude.” ~ E.P. Powell
This Thanksgiving Day, let’s remember what we truly have to be thankful for. Let’s take a good, hard look around us and realize that while we may not have everything we want, what we want is not always what we need. Let these ten Thanksgiving quotes remind you of the true meaning of this great American holiday as you celebrate with friends and family.
Salt and Aging – What you need to know for your long-term health
(ARA) – As we get older, many of us hear the same advice from friends, family and even physicians – stay active and eat well. Yet one common bit of dietary advice – to follow a low-sodium diet – may actually be linked to health problems that can interfere with seniors’ ability to remain active.
Americans are now living longer than ever before. In fact, people older than 85 comprise one of the fastest growing segments of the population. They accounted for about 12 percent of all elderly people in 2000 and are expected to account for 20 percent by the year 2040.
Along with this meteoric rise in the number of elderly people, geriatric health problems are also increasing drastically. Falls, fractures, cognition, attention deficits and sensory disorders are now becoming much more commonplace.
Mild sodium deficiency (hyponatremia) is the most common form of electrolyte imbalance in older people and has been shown to be associated with walking impairment, attention deficits and a much higher frequency of falls. Recently published research has found a direct relationship between mild hyponatremia and falls, bone fractures, unsteadiness and attention deficits.
“Spending your golden years in a retirement home with a low-salt diet will convert your last years to a long, chronic illness.” wrote the late Canadian cardiologist Dr. Isaac Shleser, who treated elderly patients for five decades. Shleser believed that the falls and fractures that so often spelled the end to a productive and enjoyable life would decrease dramatically if seniors were placed on a regular diet instead of a low-salt diet. Based upon his long personal experience, Shleser felt that diets with reduced salt intake caused hyponatremia and other dangerous conditions, such as confusion and decreased consciousness.
Shleser felt obliged to post his concerns in writing because of his own personal experience. After 49 years of a productive career in cardiology practice, he moved to a comfortable retirement home where he would not have to be bothered with the routine chores of cooking and cleaning.
When he entered the retirement residence, Shleser was immediately placed on a low-salt diet, with lunch at 1 p.m. and dinner at 5 p.m. so that he would not get hungry and would go to bed early.
Within a few months, he totally lost his appetite and found he was beginning to get drowsy in the afternoons. As time went on he became steadily more inactive. Within a few years of taking up residence at the retirement home, Shleser fell and broke his hip. After that hip surgery, he was forced to use a walker, but within months fell again (this time while holding the walker) and broke his shoulder.
That was the end of the line as far as Shleser was concerned. Being a physician, he decided to go back to basics and treat himself. The first thing his research into his symptoms revealed was that he suffered from chronic hyponatremia and dehydration.
After further analysis, Shleser believed that his low-salt (sodium chloride) diet did not provide sufficient chloride to allow for the stomach’s normal production of digestive acid. He felt that this insufficiency of stomach acid led to a cascade of negative effects, including an inadequate extraction of key nutrients such as vitamin B12, which in turn led to reduced production of red blood cells and the development of neurological disorders in the nervous and muscular systems. The bottom line of all this was a loss of stability and balance, leading to a much greater susceptibility to falls.
One might think that this is simply one man’s isolated anecdotal account that has little to do with the health of anyone else, however that is not the case.
Shleser’s experience and recent research indicate the elderly should very carefully consider any broad-sweeping recommendations to go on a low-salt diet, and consult a doctor about sodium needs. A well-balanced diet, replete with salads, vegetables and fruit is the best approach to enjoying a healthy, active retirement.