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HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES


CANNED AIR CAUTIONS: 10 DANGERS OF COMPRESSED AIR DUSTERS


John Scherer, CEO of Canless Air System, gives us the top 10 reasons


why Canned Air is downright deadly. There is one critical fact consumers should know about ‘Canned Air’: it isn’t air! In fact, it is a mixture of flammable gases with names like difluoroethane, triflorouethane and tetrafluoroethane. A cleaning product commonly used in offices and homes, ‘Canned Air’ might more accurately be called ‘Compressed Gas


Disseminators’ or ‘Gas Dusters.’ These gases are not benign, and can in fact cause all sorts of problems relating to personal health, public safety, and the overall environment. The range includes damaging property, the fragile ozone layer and even causing death to some users, if the product is used or stored inappropriately.


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1. Abuse: Tragically, deaths and serious injuries related to ‘huffing’ or ‘dusting’—the practice of inhaling canned air to ‘get high’—are on the rise among tweens, teens and adults alike, since the product is so readily available. All too many mistake the canned contents as merely harmless compressed


air or oxygen, but this could not be further from the truth. Ingesting canned air can lead to paralysis, serious injuries to internal organs and even death. In an attempt to counter this trend, many stores have begun checking customer identifications to keep this noxious-substance out of children’s hands.


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