Carbon Monoxide Programming
Thomas H. Greiner, extension
Carbon monoxide (CO) is the leading cause of poisoning deaths in the United
States, accounting for 3,500 deaths and 5,000 injuries annually, with a societal
cost of over $1 billion. During a 10-year period 203 Iowans died from CO inhalation.
Responders lack adequate equipment or training to diagnose, correct and treat
- Verified carbon monoxide problems in Iowa dwellings by on-site visits, including
investigations for individuals, the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation,
the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Spirit Lake Police Department.
- Furnished support data and reviewed documents for IDPH for proposed regulation
- Presented CO material at three national/regional meetings and two state
meetings for utility companies, medical personnel, hygienists, heating contractors,
and weatherization technicians. One meeting presentation received front-page
coverage in a nationally distributed magazine for heating contractors.
- Organized speakers, prepared the agenda, chaired, and presented CO material
for a CO session at a national meeting in Milwaukee.
- Displayed CO presentations at three safety fairs.
- Received local and national media coverage warning persons of the dangers
of CO and advising them on methods to reduce and eliminate CO exposure.
- IDPH has drafted CO alarm legislation.
- IDPH introduced requirements for reporting of CO incidents by medical personnel.
- Iowa State University Extension is a leader in the efforts to reduce CO
poisonings and injuries.
- An estimated 20 percent of households have at least one CO alarm.
- Iowa State University Extension is a recognized leader in CO programming.
- Fewer persons are dying or being injured by exposure to carbon monoxide
because of the work of Iowa State University.