The GasGuard new product press release pasted below will save lives.
RectorSeal wants contractors to become more aware that teens are dying from “huffing,”
a new trend of inhaling poisonous refrigerant out of HVAC/R outdoor units. One solution is to prevent access to refrigerants by installing locking caps, such as GasGuard, which is now an International Mechanical Code mandate for new installations. By 2015, the IMC will require all contractors to install a locking cap of some kind any time they open a system–old or new.
But don’t take our word for it about this shocking trend. Here are some excerpts from the United Parents to Restrict Open Access to Refrigerants (UPROAR) website.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nationwide, 13.3% (up from 12.4% in 2005) of all surveyed students had used inhalants to get high one or more times during their life (lifetime inhalant use).
For more refrigerant specific stats: An analysis of 144 Texas death certificates by the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse involving misuse of inhalants found that the most frequently mentioned inhalant (35%) was Freon (51 deaths). Of the Freon deaths, 42 percent were students or youth with a mean age of 16.4 years.