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Does Alton Central School (ACS), N. H. Have WORKING Industrial-Grade Carbon Monoxide Detectors?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

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A lot has been said (I hear) about the carbon monoxide brouhaha at ACS on December 18 – 19, 2013 and the resultant school closure on Dec. 19.

Fortunately NO carbon monoxide (or at least dangerous levels) was EVER found within ACS.

This e-mail from ACS confirms that, and I hear there are various documents on the ACS website confirming that NO CO was ever found.

Click to ENLARGE.

Click to ENLARGE. From my Dec. 19, 2013 post.

comonitorsindustrial666641Something that never got mentioned during this whole unnecessary, and ‘tempest in a gin glass’ incident, was whether or NOT ACS has working (and regularly) tested, industrial grade Carbon Monoxide detectors.

This, to anybody with even a modicum of scientific training and a capacity for some logical (sober) thinking, is the most germane of issues.

If there were working, reliable CO monitors NONE OF THIS had to happen!

Period. No doubt or debate.

If the alarms went off — then there was a threat, a potential danger.

IF the alarms were mute, and there was more than one tested alarm around, then there could NOT have been a danger.

Yes, there are even PORTABLE CO detectors and alarms — industrial grade. Does ACS have any of these? IF NOT why not — other than …


digioxtt343What ‘they’ used at ACS to measure SUPPOSED CO was consumer-grade, Fingertip OXIMETERS — those clip on things that measure your oxygen saturation levels.

They are NOT CO monitors! Oxygen saturation is contingent on many, many factors — key among them your cardiovascular health. If you are sedentary with a BMI well over ’25’ you are unlikely to get a 98 – 100% reading on these fingertip meters. Google it. Get educated. Know the facts.

At ACS, on Wednesday, these were the ONLY devices used to begin with.

OK, full disclosure. I know more about what happened on Wednesday than I care to divulge. Two adults, and let us leave at that (rather than going into specifics), who were at ACS on Wednesday and saw the whole ‘thing’, contacted me: one on Thursday, the other on Saturday. Here is the crazy thing. I am, and was (as my posts testify), ALL in favor. My ONLY dissatisfaction was that they re-opened ACS on Friday. We should have had 2 days off! Everybody, especially the teachers, deserved that.

Oh, I hear that there is a movement afoot to have ACS closed because of this CO incident. I am fully in favor of that. We really should start from scratch. I agree. 

OK. This is enough.

But, lets just look at what happened at ACS that fateful Wednesday and FACTOR in WORKING, tested, industrial strength CO monitors and at least one, tested, reliable portable monitor.

If there were MONITORS in place there would have been NO REASON to even think of CO. That it was CO was planted in the heads of … by ….!

If only there were CO monitors and cool heads.

If You Have $28,000 Burning A Hole In Your Pocket, You May Want To Consider Getting One Of These.



 ..by Anura Guruge

It is the featured, cover item in the latest issue of the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog. I never did understand why we are on their distribution list since we are way outside their demographics. This is a catalog for the rich. Not last Christmas, but the Christmas before, I kind of felt guilty that I keep on getting the catalog so I ordered one of their cheaper offerings — a supposedly foldable, portable, crank-powered slot-car racing kit. The kids like slot cars, but they tend to destroy the track. The promise of this kit was that the track neatly folded back into a case so that it would not be lying around to be stepped on. Here, I found a picture.

It was fun, especially being able to adjust the speed of the cars by how fast you cranked — but the track sure did not fold back, neatly, into the case as promised. I would have get it. But, Deanna was having none of it. As far as she was concerned it did not do what it was supposed to do. In general she, being American, takes care of returns. I have never really mastered the whole notion and always feel bad if I have to return something. I think that is my British upbringing. I gather Hammacher Schlemmer was outstanding and gave us a full refund — including the shipping. I am impressed.

Now this $28,000 gizmo is a counterbalanced turntable for vinyl records — the World’s only counterbalanced turntable. Wow. The counter-rotating platters, like duo-props on a boat, eliminate sonic aberrations. I am not sure I buy all of that. Long, long time ago, before I had any kids and had at least three rather healthy sources of income, I used to dabble in high-end British hi-fi equipment, such as Naim.

More or less what I had bought c. 1982.

Naim amplifiers, then and now, only have ONE knob — that for volume. You don’t adjust anything else because you would only be messing around with near-perfection. I used to use a Linn Sondek LP12 as my turntable, which also featured a suspended turntable.

The Lin, 30 years ago, cost a few thousand. I see that they are now selling for about $12,000. So that is still less than 1/2 the price. I bet you could not tell the sound difference between a Lin and the $28K turntable — none of our hearing, despite what we think, is that good. One of these days I really should round this post off by talking of the exquisite Linn Isobarik Speakers.