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Kitchen stoves and carbon monoxide emissions

The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that when kitchen stoves are used as heating devices, generation of carbon monoxide will not exceed safety levels of 50 parts per million. Sampling was conducted at nine different locations during February and March of 1975. The sampling device was the Solid State Electrolytic Cell Gas Sensor available from International Sensor Technology, Inc. Difficulty was encountered with the Solid State Gas Detector with the zero drift; however, this was rectified by keeping the unit on at all times while the tests were being conducted. Results were obtained by sampling kitchen stoves in apartments and single family dwellings. Sample readings did not exceed American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) safety limits of 50 ppm; however, further equilibrium tests should be conducted under modified conditions. It is recommended that a further, more in depth study be made with perhaps a supplemental source of monetary assistance.

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