NEWS RELEASE--FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: June 6, 2013
Contact: Niki Forbing-Orr
Public Information Officer
Hydrocarbons in gasoline, lighter fluid are a leading poisoning risk in summer
Tiki torches, charcoal BBQ pits and lawn mowers aren’t just proof that summer has arrived at last; they’re also sources for one of the leading poisoning risks in the warmer months. All of these items contain hydrocarbons, which are chemicals found in gasoline, kerosene, lighter fluid, cleaners, and some insecticides. They’re especially dangerous to children.
A recent study in the journal Pediatrics found that most hydrocarbon-related incidents occurred to children who were 1 to 2 years old. Some of the packaging is similar to juice and sports drinks – and it has resulted in tragic accidents.
To reduce exposure and poisoning risks to hydrocarbons, the Idaho’s Poison Center and the Idaho Injury Program offers these tips: