By Nick Drake, Drake Mechanical
One of the popular drugs with kids is “huffing” or also known as “bagging” refrigerant or “Freon” as most of us know it to be called. This is getting to be more popular and seen by HVAC contractors. A few times a year we end up at customers homes, find out that the customer is extremely low on refrigerant and after leak searching and re-charging the system it is eventually found out that kids whether it be the customers, friends children or otherwise the Freon was missing due to it being taken out and huffed to get high. This has not only happened with customers whom we take care of but to a personal friend of mine. His step daughter was huffing refrigerant out of their air conditioner. It took recharging the system twice before they got to the bottom of where it was going.
There are good ideas as to how to prevent this. One, Put a padlock on your back gate to prevent trespassing kids or adults from taking the refrigerant in the middle of the night or while you are gone at work or on vacation. Two, have your heating and cooling contractor come out and install theft resistant “Cop Caps” on the test ports at the condensing unit. The third and most important one is to educate your children about the dangers of refrigerant inhalation or for that matter huffing any type of chemical. It is deadly and dangerous. It can kill on the first time! Refrigerant does not get you high, it only starves the brain and body of oxygen making you feel dizzy and lightheaded. On top of being extremely dangerous for whomever is huffing the refrigerant it is expensive to put new refrigerant in the air conditioning system. In light of the teenager who drowned in Star, Idaho a couple years ago after huffing Freon this is an important issue to us, Especially since I have children of my own. Death of our children or adults is not a laughing matter! Let’s keep our children healthy and alive and our homes and offices air conditioners working like they are supposed to this summer.
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