Common Toxins Ignored...
Last time I spoke of automotive preparedness in case of becoming stranded... I thought that now I'd covered all the bases... Nope... As this passage from the BBC points out:
"Officials also asked residents not to use petrol generators or cooking grills indoors to heat their homes after at least 20 people in the Philadelphia area were taken to hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning."
- Paint: Many moons ago a friend and I spent a winter morning painting the interior of a house. Around noon time, a friend stopped by to check on us. Thank heavens she did -- the house was closed tight and we weren't aware that we were high as kites. We had absolutely no idea the damage being done, and the next morning the headache was quite stunning.
- Epoxy: This is another sneaky material. It feels rather benign, but continued unprotected exposure typically results in a life-long allergy to the stuff. Here's a great manual for safe epoxy usage.
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol and others): How dangerous could an over-the-counter drug be, right? Well, when used per directions, it's fine. But... When used in excess, it toxifies the liver and kills you in a matter of days or weeks. Lesson of the story? Follow the directions and talk with your doctor.
- Polyester resin: like epoxy, this is commonly used in woodworking and boat construction. For me, the fumes are nauseating, and like paint, who knows what it does to the brain...
- Fiberglass: Ah the ubiquitous fiberglass... Peple use it everywhere -- from cars to boats. And nothing looks better than a good sand job, except that small glass dust particles can mince your lungs and mucous membranes
- And finally, there is marijuana: No doubt many folks will have a kitten when I say this, but the idea of inhaling smoke (any smoke) just sounds like a bad idea.
And there you go... my two cents...
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