26 Feb '14, 11am

Do Combustion Safety Testing Protocols Need Fixing?

Do Combustion Safety Testing Protocols Need Fixing?

Burning fuels inside a house can lead to serious health and safety problems. That's why energy auditors perform a variety of combustion safety tests to find potential hazards and recommend fixes. A couple of weeks ago at the Dry Climate Forum, I heard Vi Rapp, PhD, from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) make an argument for changing the way we do combustion safety testing. It turns out that one of the tests we do may not be as helpful as many people think it is. How many people are affected by carbon monoxide poisoning? You see reports about carbon monoxide poisoning on the news, and it seems that lately there have been a bunch of them. But how many people die of CO poisoning? According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) , 439 per year people died in the U.S. from unintentional, non-fire-related CO poisoning in the period from 1999 to 2004. The Consumer Products S...

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