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In a small enclosed area, e.g. a garage, can kerosene fumes be toxic

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Submitted: 10 years ago.
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Expert:  Viki replied 10 years ago.

Yes, any petroleum compound can release fumes that are toxic within an enclosed space. These hydrocarbons have vapors that are heavier than air and can collect in a low or enclosed area. The vapors will displace the oxygen in the air and create an atmosphere that is oxygen-deficient.

Toxic symptoms can range from eye and respiratory irritation to severe inflammation and chemical burning within the lungs.

http://www.ttec.com.au/7%20NewsletterJune%202006.pdf

http://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/comm/FactSheets/FSProductList.htm -see under distillate fuels

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