Air Conditioner Huffing is the newest trend for young people looking for a cheap high – teenagers breathing in a dangerous gas. And you won’t believe where they’re getting it – from your home’s air conditioning unit.
Almost every home has an air conditioning unit, but most parents have no idea that what’s inside them can be used by teenagers to get high. And the results have been tragic. Most times the victims dies at first use.
Intentional inhalation abuse may cause death without warning symptoms, due to cardiac effects. Other symptoms potentially related to misuse or inhalation abuse are anesthetic effects, light-headedness, dizziness, confusion, incoordination, drowsiness, or unconsciousness, irregular heartbeat with a strange sensation in the chest, heart thumping, apprehension, feeling of fainting, dizziness or weakness. Vapors are heavier than air and can cause suffocation by reducing available oxygen for breathing.
Safety experts say, to prevent someone from tapping into your air conditioning unit, homeowners should safeguard their outside air conditioning units.
They say the absolute best way to prevent anyone from accessing your refrigerant is to have the tamper resistant locking caps installed by a professional air conditioning technician.
Other options can include putting a fence around the unit with a padlock and in some cases, placing your air conditioning system atop your roof, preventing others from getting close to it.