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Old 03-14-2003, 10:55 AM
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whats the danger of butane gas?

hi readers.concerning of my health,if i was inhaling butane gas,what will the side effect be? will i have brain damage? and can you tell me how it will happen?and what is the other sympotms if you kept inhaling butane gas.will i avoid this sympotms if theres enough oxygen for me to breath around me?
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Old 03-14-2003, 11:00 AM
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Why would you be breathing butane gas?
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Old 03-14-2003, 11:03 AM
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i doesnt know i was inhaling it,but some of my stuff was compressing the cap and all of the gas came out
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Old 03-14-2003, 11:08 AM
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Unless you're experiencing symptoms like headache, dizziness or nausea, you'll probably be fine. Make sure the area is well-ventilated and get plenty of fresh air.
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Old 03-14-2003, 11:15 AM
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Butane isn't particularly toxic, but you could suffocate if the concentration was so high that the oxygen you were breathing was diluted. Lack of oxygen to the brain can cause brain damage, but you'd feel it first.
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Old 03-14-2003, 11:31 AM
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Inhaling explosive mixtiures of butane and oxygen can lead to a dreadful explosion if your cat comes to close and fires off a spark of static electricity.
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Old 03-14-2003, 11:32 AM
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Google for butane and MSDS; you will get a number of hits for Material Safety Data Sheets, documents required by the U.S. government for all chemicals. The MSDS for butane states that the main danger is indeed from asphyxiation, although lower concentrations can have narcotic effects, including dizziness, headache, nausea, and loss of coordination. I'd guess that a carefully calibrated mixture of oxygen and butane will anaesthetize you, and send you softly to sleep, until your central nervous system shuts down and you never wake up.
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Old 03-14-2003, 11:32 AM
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And you would know that how, Squink?
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Old 03-14-2003, 12:33 PM
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yes butane is not really toxic. It can suffocate and explode. However, long term exposure to any organic is not good for you. People can sniff lighter gas to get high - which fries their brains after a year or so of use
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Old 03-14-2003, 01:45 PM
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And you would know that how, Squink?
You're welcome to try the experiment at home if you want. Report back to us. I'll be the "control" and stick to theoretical knowledge of the workings of piezoelectric butane lighters.
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