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Can the use of a propane heater at home cause any health problems to a baby?

Can the use of a propane heater at home cause any health problems to a baby?

It can kill: Propane heaters release carbon monoxide (CO) and are responsible for many deaths every year in the US. CO is odorless, tasteless and invisible and is poisonous. Propane / kerosene or any fuel heater must be used in a well ventilated space or with a proper exhaust system. Early signs of CO poisoning are headaches, nausea, irritability and confusion. Even low doses can do permanent brain injury. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Can the use of a propane heater at home cause any health problems to a baby?

Can the use of a propane heater at home cause any health problems to a baby?

HEATER: Propane heater provides dry heat so humidity has to be maintained by using vaporizer to help baby not get sick. ...Read more

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As long as I use a vaporizer I can use an indoor propane heater?

As long as I use a vaporizer I can use an indoor propane heater?

There's a lot of: Issues with this. There has to be enough ventilation, the production of carbon monoxide needs to be checked. A lot of people have reactive lungs to the fumes and that's damaging even with the nebulizer ...Read more

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Is it possible a portable heater could make my nursery a little too humid & warm, causing my babies to get sick more easily?

Is it possible a portable heater could make my nursery a little too humid & warm, causing my babies to get sick more easily?

Unlikely: Heaters will actually dry out a room, not make it humid. Often, the humidity can drop 10% or more in a room with a heater compared to the rest of the house. A simple humidity gauge can help you monitor the situation. Many run on button batteries and can register rapid change in humidity. The preferred humidity within a kid space runs 40-45%.Above 50% you increase dust mites, below 30% they cough. ...Read more

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Can you get poisoning from propane fumes?

Can you get poisoning from propane fumes?

Propane fumes: Yes. Poisoning depends on the amount of propane fumes, the length of time of exposure, the concentration of the fumes, whether there is any ventilation, and the age and health of the person exposed. ...Read more

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What are the harmful effects of propane when inhaled?

What are the harmful effects of propane when inhaled?

Very Dangerous: Symptoms of propane inhalation can include: nausea, vomiting, hypoxia, dizziness, weakness, & arrythymia. ...Read more

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How come I get headaches whenever I have my car heater on?

Car induced headache: Consider a carbon monoxide leak into your car. Drive with a window open and have a check for carbon monoxide levels. Excessive heat in the car can contribute to headaches headache especially if the windows are closed and there is a lot of up and down movement of the car. Sit in the front seat. ...Read more

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Can my home water heater also be a source of ldb contamination?

No.: Not typically. Small water systems and those at temps above 120 f are not a significant source of contamination. ...Read more

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Been using space heater close to my skin for 2 months. I've stopped but my skin hurts, what should I do?

Been using space heater close to my skin for 2 months. I've stopped but my skin hurts, what should I do?

Erythema ab igne: No more sitting close to the heater. Soak in shower-not too hot--and rub in moisturizer lotion. A little cool water may help. ...Read more

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Why did people traditionally do spring cleaning? Dustmites or toxins from heaters?

Why did people traditionally do spring cleaning? Dustmites or toxins from heaters?

Ask them: I would imagine a lot of dust, household chemicals etc can build up all winter while the doors and windows are closed. Opening the windows will vent all of that. Dust mites are a little trickier to get rid of. But of course open windows bring new dust and allergens. And possibly new insects. So you kinda need to know what you yourself want out of it. Personally I enjoy the fresh air. ...Read more

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What would cause a sensation of warmth on my back? It feels like I have my back pressed against a heater.

What would cause a sensation of warmth on my back? It feels like I have my back pressed against a heater.

Nerve: If the sensation is only on one side an irritable/slightly inflamed superficial nerve could be causing this sensation. I assume there is no skin discoloration which rules out skin inflammation as a cause. If symptoms persist see your physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can forced air heaters trigger allergies?

Can forced air heaters trigger allergies?

No: No, but as a simple precaution you should change your air filters at least every 3 months. If your child develops dust mite allergy, then dirty air vents can be a trigger of allergy symptoms, but forced air heaters in themselves will not trigger allergy per se. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of propane poisoning?

What are the symptoms of propane poisoning?

Propane Poisoning: Propane is a colorless and odorless flammable gas. This gas takes the place of oxygen is the lungs making it difficuly to breathe. Symptoms are:burning sensation, convulsions, cough, diarrhea, dizziness, fever, nausea, vomiting, and nervousness. Call poison control if this suspected at 1-800-222-1222. ...Read more

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Is an electric heater safe for my unborn baby?

In what way?: If you are referring to using an electric heater to warm a room in which you are sitting then there is no issue. ...Read more

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Are heaters dangerous on our respiratory system?

Are heaters dangerous on our respiratory system?

Falling on chest?: Seriously, propane or other combustion in an enclosed space can cause carbon monoxide buildup and death. Electric is thought to dry the air ; annoy nasal passages/upper airways. Practically speaking, all are ok as long as used properly, may consider moisturizing air if dry ; be sure ventilated if small / tight space. ...Read more

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Can sitting in front of a hot heater cause cancer?

Can sitting in front of a hot heater cause cancer?

No!: Heat of any kind as long as it is not burning hot is fine and it is healthy...there is No risk of developing Cancer. ...Read more

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What's the best room heater for someone who has lupus?

What's the best room heater for someone who has lupus?

Many kinds.: Avoid those with visible metal heating elements which can cause fire. Models using ceramic heating elements are safer and not costly. A built in thermostat is a great feature to automatically shut the device off when the air temperature is right. Keep in mind that all heaters dry air. A humidifier in winter is a good thing! ...Read more

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What if I have a propane tank, after a wildfire has passed?

Inspect: If you have a propane tank system, contact a propane supplier. Turn off valves on the system, and leave valves closed until the supplier inspects your system.

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Do you recommend that I operate my home water heater at 60°c (140°f)?

Do you recommend that I operate my home water heater at 60°c (140°f)?

If have kids/elders: Small children and seniors cannot tolerate high temperature hot water contact, even briefly, and may lack the motor or sensory abilities to remove exposed body parts in time to prevent significant burns. 140f increases the required exposure to burn time signficantly. Can also help save gas / electricity. ...Read more

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Is there any danger in keeping mouse poison near a forced air heater?

Is there any danger in keeping mouse poison near a forced air heater?

No: Typical mouse poison is a tasty (to mice) mixture which includes a strong anticoagulant which gets rid of the mice. Putting it near a forced air heater will not harm the product, although the air blast might discourage mice from sample the poison. ...Read more

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How can I properly store disposable propane bottles for emergency preparedness purposes?

How can I properly store disposable propane bottles for emergency preparedness purposes?

Re-direct: This is not an appropriate question for a medical board. You can get a better, more informed, and more detailed answer from your local fire department. ...Read more

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Is kerosene fumes bad we just in hooked a old heater and it's got a lil bit of smell is there and danger to that or the fumes from it?

Is kerosene fumes bad we just in hooked a old heater and it's got a lil bit of smell is there and danger to that or the fumes from it?

Carbon Monoxide: You need to be absolutely sure that this unit does not release Carbon Monoxide (CO); get a monitor immediately; they are not expensive and can be life saving; ...Read more

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I'm scared I unknowingly poisoned my family by burning old fencing given away as 'firewood' in nov-dec. Had no $ for propane. What signs might I see?

Depends: If the wood had been treated with a chemical like creosol, burning it will get the chemical vapor in the air which can be quite an irritant. ...Read more

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Changing. Propane tank for a forklift it slipped and slammed into my chest I feel fine didn't even experience anything but I heard the chest is danger?

Changing. Propane tank for a forklift it slipped and slammed into my chest I feel fine didn't even experience anything but I heard the chest is danger?

Chest: The chance that you I'd any significant harm without any symptoms is very slim. Quit worrying and go on with your life. If you start having pain, shortness of breath or any symptoms in your chest in the next day or two get it checked out. ...Read more

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My baby s 1 year. The wintet started n I keep room heaters on almost all the time. S it necessary 2 use humidifier. If s which type humidifier shud I use?

My baby s 1 year. The wintet started n I keep room heaters on almost all the time. S it necessary 2 use humidifier. If s which type humidifier shud I use?

Not necessary,: But can be helpful with the dry air from heaters in the winter. The dry air can cause dry skin and nasal congestion and sometimes nosebleeds. A cool mist humidifer is best. ...Read more