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Propane Tent Heater
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
Used propane heater in a 5x10ft area for 20 min w/ door closed Dizzy at 1st, but while driving had headache & nausea. nausea better now,CO poisoning?
CERTAINLY: POSSIBLE if the heater is poorly ventilated!!! A CO alarm in the area is probably a good idea ....NO? Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more
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
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
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
What would cause a sensation of warmth on my back? It feels like I have my back pressed against a heater.
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