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Trucker Charity calls for Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors for Truckers


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BY: Trucker Charity, Inc.


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Truckers Helping Truckers

Carbon Monoxide has been a concern of the trucking world for a long time. Even now, with the under truck exhaust systems (grass burners) and  APU’s, the worry remains and is becoming more pronounced.

Every day we at Trucker Charity hear of a driver that has died in his sleep or become sleepy at the wheel. Even flu like symptoms could be contributed to Carbon Monoxide poisoning as well as heart disease, cardio vascular disease, glandular problems, just to name a few.

Smoke detectors could help alert a driver, or even someone in the surrounding area, of a problem before a truck burst into flames.

Virginia Chomo, a volunteer of Trucker Charity, after researching, discovered that there were no existing detectors for semis, decided that something had to be done.

Trucker Charity, Inc. is proud to announce that Virginia, after investigating and determining how this needed to be done and pursuing this course of action, has been appointed to head the task force that will assist Underwriters Laboratories (UL) in developing and setting standards for Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors for Semi trucks.

She has also been in discussion with manufacturers regarding the special needs of these detectors and the ability to possibly alert neighboring trucks or those passing by, to a potential problem.

Also being discussed is the use of a quality air monitor that can be used regarding all the above. Once standards are established, detectors and alarms will be specifically produced for Semi trucks. This will be useful to help prevent the exposure of carbon monoxide, keep our drivers alive and healthier, and also a way to create vital awareness to the industry and the world, realizing the problem professional drivers have been dealing with for years.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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4 Responses to Trucker Charity calls for Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors for Truckers. - Post a Comment

  1. Bonnie MacPherson

    It is about time! I currently drive a grass burner, and I am not pleased with having the exhaust under my sleeper. I don’t care what DEF manufacturers say, concerning the safety of the exhaust, (it’s just water and vapor), I think it is unsafe to have a vehicle exhausting under a sleeper. It should have a stack!

  2. Steve

    I have a carbon monoxide detector and it works fine. Get it at Lowes or Home Depot. Get one for the cab and one for the sleeper.

  3. Ken Ryan

    Have dealt with carbon monoxide in trucks for years, almost lost my life in one because of it.
    Check out
    If you do not believe the number of drivers that have died in trucks, just check this website out, and read the information available.
    It is just not Carbon monoxide it is all the other things such as NOx, Soot, etc..
    You are sadly mistaken if you get a home type detector and think it will protect you, by the time it sounds the alarm, you may not be alive to hear it!
    Check out the Government requirements for CO alarms, if you do not believe it.

  4. Harold Carnes

    What Ken said is true,

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