Smoke Monitoring News

  • Asthma and Air Pollutants Discussed in New Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses asthma and common asthma triggers that impact close to 25 million Americans with the condition. “The CDC states that people with asthma have it all the time, but they will only have asthma attacks when something ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Occupational and Residential Wood Smoke Exposure Concerns

    During the cold winter months, many people burn wood in their homes for heat and ambience. While this can provide for an economical way to heat a home, some people could be exposed to wood smoke in the air they breathe. Workers in some occupations may also be exposed to wood smoke on a daily basis.   The smell of burning wood is pleasant to some people, but even though wood is a natural ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Biral Releases New Brochure for Aviation Market

    Available to request directly from the company, or download from their website, the Biral Aviation brochure displays Biral’s best-selling forward scatter meters for the market, including the VPF and SWS Visibility and Present Weather Sensor ranges and ...

  • Spring Maintenance Tips for a Healthy Indoor Environmental in Buildings across Puerto Rico

    One week into the spring season and people across Puerto Rico have been busy with spring cleaning and other activities in their homes and businesses. Spring is also a good time to check the overall condition of a property and perform some preventive maintenance tasks to help ensure a property is in good condition to provide a safe, healthy and comfortable place for the months ahead. ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Det-Tronics Releases Explosion-Proof Rated Smoke Detector for Class I / Division 1 Locations

    Det-Tronics announced today the release of a photoelectric explosion-proof rated smoke detector. The Det-Tronics® SmokeWatch™ U5015 detector is a Class I Division 1, 2 and Zone 1 explosion-proof rated smoke detector that is suitable for hazardous, industrial and ...

  • Beijing issues 2nd smog red alert of the month

    China's capital Beijing issued its second smog red alert of the month on Friday, triggering vehicle restrictions and forcing schools to close. A wave of smog is due to settle over the city of 22.5 million ...


    By Associated Press

  • Acetone and Exposure Concerns Discussed in New Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses potential exposure concerns to acetone in the home or work environment.  “People can be exposed to acetone by breathing it, ingesting it or absorbing it through their skin,” said Paul ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Residential Garage Fires Frequently Result in Extensive Property Damage

    Last month, a homeowner in north Phoenix was hospitalized for burns after he tried to put out a fire that had started in his garage.  Fires start all too frequently in garages, in fact, U.S. fire departments reported approximately 6,600 residential building fires that originated in garages from 2009 through 2011.  These fires resulted in deaths, injuries and hundreds of millions of ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Fall Property Maintenance Tips to Help Avoid Common Indoor Environmental Quality Issues

    With the fall season in full swing, now is an ideal time to check the condition of a home or commercial property and perform some preventive maintenance tasks. Taking steps now can help to ensure a property is in good condition to provide a safe and comfortable place for building occupants before cooler winter weather arrives.   “Preventive maintenance ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • EPA Settles Major Air Pollution Case with CEMEX de Puerto Rico, Inc.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that CEMEX de Puerto Rico, Inc., a major cement producer, will spend an estimated $1.7 million on pollution controls that will reduce harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides, pollutants that can lead to respiratory illnesses, including asthma. In addition, the company will pay a $160,000 penalty for Clean Air Act violations. “Air ...

  • Exposure to Aerosolized Chemicals from Popular E-Cigarettes Has Many in Puerto Rico Concerned

    In 2013, Puerto Rico’s attorney general joined dozens of other attorney generals in a letter sent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration urging the regulation of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).  Puerto Rico had already taken a strong stance against traditional tobacco smoke with the 2007 implementation of Puerto Rico’s Law 66.  It banned smoking in most enclosed work ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • CDC`s National Study on Latino Health Points to Tobacco Smoke as a Major Concern

    Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published its first national study on the leading causes of death for U.S. Latinos. The study looked at risk factors and disease prevalence in many groups, including Puerto Ricans. It found that smoking rates among Puerto Rican men were particularly high at 26%. While it is known to virtually everyone that smoking is not ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • CDC’s National Study on Latino Health Points to Tobacco Smoke as a Major Concern for Puerto Ricans

    Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published its first national study on the leading causes of death for U.S. Latinos.  The study looked at risk factors and disease prevalence in many groups, including Puerto Ricans.  It found that smoking rates among Puerto Rican men were particularly high at 26%.   While it is ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Blast devastates refinery, sends ash raining down on area

    An explosion devastated a section of a refinery on Wednesday morning, shaking nearby homes, raining down ash and injuring four people. Experts said the disruption to production would likely drive up gas prices in California. The blast at the Exxon Mobil Corp. facility occurred in a recently installed processing facility, Fire Department ...


    By Associated Press

  • The Heat Shield: Guarding your sensors against overheating

    Instruments installed in open plants such as gas detectors, smoke detectors or other instrumentation are often located in places where they are exposed to direct sunlight. When planning a new plant it is nearly impossible to predict in which location an instrument will be exposed to sunlight. Radiant heat from the sun will warm up instrument housings made of metal or dark material in a very short ...

  • EPA Tips for Building a Cleaner Fire this Holiday Season

    Across the country this holiday season, families and friends will gather around fires in woodstoves or fireplaces. But how you build that fire – and what you burn – can have a significant impact on air quality and health, both inside your home and out. Whether you’re using a woodstove, pellet stove, or your fireplace, seeing smoke from your chimney means your fire isn’t ...

  • Puerto Rico`s IAQ Experts Identify Indoor Asthma Triggers

    According to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 12 adults has asthma and 1 in 11 children suffers from the condition in the United States. The CDC also reports that 9 people die from asthma each day and that the condition costs the country $56 billion each year. Although there is no cure for asthma, the condition can be treated with medications and by avoiding ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Rickshaw research reveals extreme Delhi pollution

    The three-wheeled rickshaw lurched through New Delhi's commuter-clogged streets with an American scientist and several air pollution monitors in the back seat. Car horns blared. A scrappy scooter buzzed by belching black smoke from its tailpipe. One of the monitors spiked. Joshua Apte has alarming findings for anyone who spends time on or near the roads in this city of 25 million. The numbers are ...


    By Associated Press

  • Smart phone helper for COPD patients

    A smart phone and a connection to the “internet of things” could allow people with chronic lung disease to avoid risky areas where environmental conditions, pollution and weather might exacerbate their symptoms. Details of a framework that would hook into networks of sensors and provide patients with timely alerts are reported this month in the International Journal of Computational ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Batteries in Germany exceed new EU toxic metal limits

    Levels of toxic metals in batteries were not immediately reduced in line with new limits imposed by EU regulations, according to a survey from Germany. The study focuses on concentrations of toxic metals contained in batteries sold in Germany in 2010 and 2011, but its authors say the results are relevant to other EU countries. The EU Batteries Directive1 sets limits for the content of hazardous ...

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