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Safety warning: Have kids and cans of compressed air?

Discussion in 'General Motorcycling Discussion' started by Mouth, Oct 30, 2005.

  1. The below came to me, saying it was from a Brisbane police officer and occurred in Australia. Whilst this is untrue, the story and it's message are both true - it occurred ealier this year in Cleveland, Ohio USA.

    If you carry these compressed "air" cans in your home and have kids, be very careful. The same propellant is used in whipped cream cans!!

    In Australia, we don't have "Dust Off", but our common brandnames are "Dust Away" and "Air Brush".

    First I'm going to tell you a little about me and my family. My name is
    Jeff. I am a Police Officer for a city which is known nationwide for its
    crime rate. We have a lot of gangs and drugs. At one point we
    were #2 in the nation in homicides per capita. I also have a police K-9
    named Thor. He was certified in drugs and general duty. He retired at 3
    years old because he was shot in the line of duty. He lives with us now and I still train with him because he likes it.

    I always liked the fact that there was no way to bring drugs into my house.
    Thor wouldn't allow it. He would tell on you. The reason I say this is so
    you understand that I know about drugs. I have taught in schools about
    drugs. My wife asks all our kids at least once a week if they used any drugs.

    Makes them promise they wont.

    I like building computers occasionally and started building a new one in
    February 2005. I also was working on some of my older computers. They were full of dust so on one of my trips to the computer store I bought a 3 pack of DUST OFF. Dust Off is a can of compressed air to blow dust off a
    computer. A few weeks later when I went to use one of them they were all
    used. I talked to my kids and my two sons both said they had used them on their computer and messing around with them. I yelled at them for wasting the 10 dollars I paid for them. On February 28 I went back to the computer store.

    They didn't have the 3 pack which I had bought on sale so I bought a single jumbo can of Dust Off. I went home and set it down beside my computer.

    On March 1st, I left for work at 10 PM. Just before midnight my wife went
    down and kissed Kyle goodnight. At 5:30 am the next morning Kathy went
    downstairs to wake Kyle up for school, before she left for work. He was
    propped up in bed with his legs crossed and his head leaning over. She
    called to him a few times to get up. He didn't move. He would sometimes
    tease her like this and pretend he fell back asleep. He was never easy togged up. She went in and shook his arm. He fell over.

    He was pale white and had the straw from the Dust Off can coming out of his mouth. He had the new can of Dust Off in his hands. Kyle was dead.

    I am a police officer and I had never heard of this. My wife is a nurse and
    she had never heard of this. We later found out from the coroner, after the
    autopsy, that only the propellant from the can of Dust off was in his
    system. No other drugs. Kyle had died between midnight and 1 AM

    I found out that using Dust Off is being done mostly by kids ages 9 through

    They even have a name for it. It's called dusting. A take off from the Dust
    Off name. It gives them a slight high for about 10 seconds. It makes them
    dizzy. A boy who lives down the street from us showed Kyle how to do this
    about a month before. Kyle showed his best friend. Told him it was cool and it couldn't hurt you. Its just compressed air. His best friend said no.

    Kyle was wrong. It's not just compressed air. It also contains a propellant
    called R2. Its a refrigerant like what is used in your refrigerator. It is a
    heavy gas. Heavier than air. When you inhale it, it fills your lungs and
    keeps the good air, with oxygen, out. That's why you feel dizzy, buzzed. It
    decreases the oxygen to your brain, to your heart. Kyle was right. It can't
    hurt you. IT KILLS YOU.

    The horrible part about this is there is no warning. There is no level that
    kills you. It's not cumulative or an overdose; it can just go randomly,
    terribly wrong. Roll the dice and if your number comes up you die.

    IT'S NOT AN OVERDOSE. It's Russian Roulette. You don't die later. Or not
    feel good and say I've had too much. You usually die as you're breathing it
    in. If not, you die within 2 seconds of finishing "the hit." That's why the
    straw was still in Kyle's mouth when he died. Why his eyes were still open.

    The experts want to call this huffing. The kids don't believe it's huffing.
    As adults we tend to lump many things together. But it doesn't fit here. And
    that's why it's more accepted. There is no chemical reaction, no strong
    odour. It doesn't follow the huffing signals.

    Kyle complained a few days before he died of his tongue hurting. It
    probably did. The propellant causes frostbite. If I had only known. It's
    easy to say hey, it's my life and I'll do what I want. But it

    Others are always effected. This has forever changed our family's life.

    I have a hole in my heart and soul that can never be fixed. The pain is so
    immense I can't describe it. There's nowhere to run from it. I
    cry all the time and I don't ever cry. I do what I'm supposed to do but I don't really care. My kids are messed up. One won't talk about it. The other will only sleep in our room at night. And my wife, I can't even describe how bad she is taking this. I thought we were safe because of Thor.I thought we were safe because we knew about drugs and talked to our kids about them.

    After Kyle died another story came out. A Probation Officer went to the
    school system next to ours to speak with a student. While there he found a
    student using Dust Off in the bathroom. This student told him about another
    student who also had some in his locker.

    This is a rather affluent school system. They will tell you they don't have
    a drug problem there.So rather than tell everyone about this "new" way of
    getting high they found, they hid it.

    The probation officer told the media after Kyle's death and they, the
    school, then admitted to it. I know that if they would have told the media
    and I had heard, it wouldn't have been in my house.

    We need to get this out of our homes and school computer labs. Using Dust
    Off isn't new and some "professionals" do know about. It just isn't talked
    about much, except by the kids. They all seem to know bout it.

    April 2nd was 1 month since Kyle died. April 5th would have been his 15th
    birthday. And every weekday I catch myself sitting on the living room couch at 2:30 in the afternoon and waiting to see him get off the bus. I know Kyle is in heaven but I can't help but wonder If I have died and gone to Hell.
  2. Same effect, different danger. From what I understand, sucking down high grade nitrous oxide (which is what you get in a soda stream bottle) won't actually kill you under normal circumstances, but it can make you pass out and hit your head. I've heard that's the only way people have died from it.
    Either way though, it's fricken stupid.

  3. lol this is a BIG problem in the US... they reacently went over like 5000 teen suicedes and found out that actualy %90 of them were without a note and due to sufication... with futher investigations they found that all these kids were suficating themslfs in some way or another for fun!!
  4. I think they next logical move should be to ban such cans.

    They should also ban water, which has led to deaths [...]
  5. Weren't soda syphons and stuff banned for a while here because of the danger of explosion, too??? So many things today's parents have to watch out for.....
  6. Whipped cream bulbs was what me and my mates used to get into when we were young and bored. Nitrous Oxide, or laughing gas.

    The effect was so tiny that you had to suck down three or four in a row out of a soda siphon before it kicked in. Your voice went all low (opposite effect to helium) and you giggled for a while. We'd do it lying down on a couch with a F1 pit crew-style operation loading new bulbs between hits.

    It was pretty pissweak though really, and before long we got bored of it and hopped back into the grog. To the best of the info we had, it wasn't dangerous.
  7. Hahaha yep! Hahahaha :LOL:

    My mate's mum caught us doing that and nearly had a heart attack!
  8. There was a case recently where some people died in a car after inhaling gas.
    The news footage showed an industrial size gas bottle of nitrous next to the car.

    The closest I have ever come to getting a hit from nitrous was when my wife was sucking it down while delivering our first child. That's right the only hit I got that day was from her as she clenched that mask to her face, bit weak of her I thought, not as if there was any shortage of the gas, grin and bear it I protested but to no avail. :LOL:
  9. LOL, snorting wizz fizz... That hit when I was in year 8 at school. This one idiot (Gerard) used to sit at his desk with a razor blade "cutting" it for ages before snorting a line. One day one of the guys in my class got a piece of chalk and scraped it into powder and swapped Gerards wizz fizz line for chalk dust when he wasn't looking. Gerards reaction when he snorted it was absolutely f'n priceless :)

    Ahhh memories :)

  10. jeez, what a quiet childhood I had.....
  11. No TV back then. No wireless (radio) back then either. Of course it was quiet :)

    Sorry, just had to be said and I couldn't let it go you old fart :)
  12. LOL
    Only hit of the laughing gas I ever had was while wife was in childbirth also.
    Good stuff when taken properly.
  13. compressed gasses are for making explosions, not inhaling, someone needs to reeducate these kids :idea:
  14. Interesting. I was farily convinced this was false.

    did this remind anybody else of a movie?
  15. Since when has inhalling anything from a compressed spraycan ever actually been good for you.