MEET THE C O – EXPERT,
#1 IN 1972 & STILL #1 IN 2016
THE STORY OF G. E. KERR IS THE STORY OF C O ALARMS
A current Television Commercial says: “It takes 10,000 hours to become an “EXPERT”.
What “Title” do you give someone who has studied his vocation for 275,940 HOURS?
On April 13, 1953, I realized that several FIRE Tragedies resulting in four deaths in one fire and one death each in two of the other fires which I had witnessed as a child had successfully prepared me for a Lifetime Dedicated to the “Health & Life Safety of my fellow Citizens.
Today, in 2016 at the age of 83, Legally Blind and the owner of two artificial hips and a far weaker body, that powerful challenge remains as strong as ever.
While wonderful advances in “Sensing Technologies” from only fusible link heat detectors/alarms. To the great variety of sensors we have today have greatly improved the level of fire & gases protection in our homes and other structures.
Today I very strongly believe Doctor Paul Steir would be extremely PROUD of our advanced sensor technologies available; as well as the C O – Experts International movement to encourage people Worldwide to: “TEST THE AIR YOU ARE NOW BREATHING.”
Our efforts to provide maximum safety in every home are still encountering poorly written Standards & local Ordinances / Requirements. Coupled with the ever present Evil Culprits of indifference, [IT WON’T HAPPEN TO ME], and the lack of awareness of the Lifelong scarring from fires, both mentally & physically; as well as the horrible long term mental & physical Suffering resulting from chronic low level C O poisoning.
No detector in the World, mine or anyone else’s, can go into its Warning Mode, until whatever it is designed to detect reaches the Sensor.
That is why: “JUST ONE DETECTOR IS NEVER ENOUGH !”
TIME LINES OF IMPORTANT RESIDENTIAL C O DETECTION EVENTS
George had started his “Lifetime of work” in the Early Warning Detection Industry in April 1953, selling the old “Wind-Up” single station “Heat Detectors” which at that time along with fusible link sprinklers were the only automatic Fire Protection devices available. During George’s first week selling “Fire Alarms” he called upon Doctor Paul Steir, the Leading Heart Specialist in N.E. Indiana at that time, and was successful in selling his Fire Alarms to him; however, as George will tell you, the ADVICE the Doctor gave him was FAR more valuable than the commission he earned on the sale.
“If you really want to save more lives from FIRE, develop a detector that alarms to warn you when the fumes & smoke can be seen or smelled. VERY FEW VICTIMS ACTUALLY BURN TO DEATH, “IT IS WHAT THEY BREATHE THAT KILLS THEM.” ….. THIS WAS IN APRIL, 1953 !
That was the DAY that George’s search began to find a good, repeatable, dependable C O & Smoldering Fire Sensor started. It took nearly twenty years to put his first C O Detector on the market in 1972.
[Thanks to Al Ritttman, President / Founder of Functional Devices, Inc. of Russiaville, IN, and the manufacturer of my great New Photoelectric Smoke Detector, because it was AL Rittman who first found the FIGARO Gas Sensor, [Actually being used as a “Water / Leak detector in ocean cargo ships], which, after improving filtering & calibration procedures we were successful in converting into a C O / Smoke Sensor.] FIGARO called this sensor the 813P. Back then our C O detectors were made in PHILLY, PA.
Soon thereafter a Company in the UK Patented a new sensor technology that was even more accurate and selective. Known today as the “Electrochemical” Sensor. Unfortunately, this new sensor cost far too much to even be considered for a residential product and it would be nearly 25 years before new engineering & volume production would reduce cost.
George is a firm believer in “Show & Tell, Hear & See” Demonstrations and
the “Train the Trainers & Teach the Teachers” philosophy. George has given over 1,000 Presentations / Seminars on Early Warning Detection and “Life-Safety”.
IN SEPTEMBER, 1986, it was at such a C O Poisoning Seminar with the Louisville, KY Fire Department THAT A Doctor who was the Head of Emergency Medicine at the University of Louisville Hospital E R Room was one of several interested guest the Fire Chief had invited to attend my Presentation on C O Poisoning & C O detection. This young Doctor, named Doctor Michael Dolan, is one of the UNHERALDED HEROS of the C O alarm Story. [Doctor Dolan’s Story in more detail in my “Tributes to the Giants we owe our THANKS.]
1988 _ Was a Banner Year, ….. not because of an improvement in Sensor Technology, but due to an Extremely Important, Immediate reversal of the previous “Wait & Watch” CPSC, [Consumer Product Safety Commission], attitude concerning C O, [Carbon Monoxide Poisoning], and the NEED to Install C O Detectors in every structure that presently required the installation of SMOKE Detectors. This sudden reversal of CPSC Attitude was not due to the Salesmanship of George E. Kerr, Mark Goldstein or the growing number of gas detection manufactures.
ENTER: Doctor Michael Dolan, University of Louisville Emergency Medicine.
In my Personal & Professional opinion it was 99.9% due to the Stunning, fully documented Medical & Financial Impact of C O Poisoning on the “Gross National Product” of the USA EVERY YEAR ! IN 1988, CPSC ANNOUNCED that they had declared C O and gas detectors A PRIORITY PROJECT Starting in 1992. [Four years advance NOTICE is standard procedure for CPSC in order to give the Codes & Standards Groups; as well as the Industries involved adequate time to prepare.]
December 22, 23 & 24 the CHICAGO C O ALARM FIASCO:
In 1995, while under contract as “Director of residential product development & Field Operations for AIM SAFETY / AIM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, George introduced the EC C O Sensor, [electrochemical sensor], into the residential C O Alarm Industry; thereby, Greatly improving the accuracy in C O Alarm calibration & product performance.
Between April, 1995 & April, 2000, I met and worked with many Very Good C O Professionals and a few have become Lifelong Friends; especially Bob Dwyer, Rudy Leatherman & Kevin Wilson in the USA & Jim Mackie, President / Founder of Fuels Safety Consultants of Ontario, Canada and a Real Professional.
In 1998, MONOX, Ltd., of the UK Introduced, [in my opinion], the very Best Long Life, Accurate EC Sensor ever made. Between 2000 & 2004 I used this Large Industrial E C Sensor in my C O – Experts Low Level C O “Health” Monitors that remained accurate for ten years or more.
In June, 2000, George introduced the World to C O – EXPERTS, and a NEW Low Level C O Industry was born and ACCURACY of ONE PPM in the residential market had arrived to stay. The C O & Smoldering Fire detector that George had DREAMED ABOUT for so many years was NOW AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE, 24-7-365.
In October, 2000, at their Worldwide Annual Conference in Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, George was inducted into the Fraternity of International Fire Safety Ambassadors, for his dedication to Fire Prevention Education and C O “Life-Safety” Products and Programs.
In 2009, George was Awarded the COSA “Lifetime Dedication” Award for his Lifetime of dedication to the prevention of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and the continual improvement of C O detectors.
In 2016 George introduced his New Model 2016, the World’s First fully automatic C O Monitor. The Model 2016 C O – EXPERTS brings you the ONLY “REAL TIME” C O & Smoldering Fire Protection. If anyone in your home is of Child-bearing age, or have any Infants, young Children, Elderly, or anyone with a Serious Illness, you do need this New Low Level C O “Health” Monitor: NEW Model 2016 C O – Experts LL C O “Health” Monitor | CO Experts
EVERY DAY IS C O & FIRE SAFETY DAY AT C O – EXPERTS
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