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A 27-year-old male asked:

I was standing behind our propane powered forklift at work today and didnt consider co poisoning. i went out to get fresh air after about 5-10 minutes in the warehouse because the smell of exhaust was a lot. should i be okay or worry about co poison?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 42 years experience
Complete combustion of propane results in the formation of carbon dioxide and water vapour. Carbon monoxide is a by-product of combustion when there is not enough oxygen to burn the propane completely. Even though there may have been a bit of CO, you were not in an enclosed area and were able to exit without incident. Try not to stand behind the forklift for safety's sake.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
It is highly unlikely that you suffered any adverse effects from the incident. Avoid exposure to exhaust. For healthy diet: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/., exercise 30 minutes/day, drink enough water daily so your urine is mostly colorless, have safe sex, no tobacco alcohol weed or street drugs.
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Last updated May 1, 2022

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