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

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Submitted: 9 years ago.
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Expert:  Viki replied 9 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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