How to Prevent Fatal Inhalant Abuse of Refrigerant at Home!

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Did you know that over 2.6 million children, aged 12-17 use inhalants to get high? Teenagers across the United States are endangering their lives by abusing inhalants. Breathing in these vapors or gases gives them availability to reach a high or altered state of mind. They are LEGAL and can be found in many products at home such as: glue, paint, and yes, the refrigerant (Freon) in your air conditioning outdoor unit. Listen for these terms from your teenager and their friends in order to help prevent this dangerous activity:





One in Five American teenagers have used inhalants to get high. In total, over 2.6 million children between 12-17 years-old are abusing inhalants each year! Think about these totals and the signs and long-term effects:


Signs of Inhalant Abuse
1) Paint stains on body or clothing

2) Nausea, loss of appetite

3) Drunk, dazed or dizzy appearance

4) Chemical breath or odor

5) Red eyes, runny nose

6) Spots or sores around the mouth

7) Anxiety, excitability or irritability


Long Term Effects of Inhalant Abuse (Huffing)

1) Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome

2) Short term memory loss

3) Hearing loss

4) Limb spasms

5) Permanent brain damage

6) Bone marrow damage

7) Liver & kidney damage

8) Possible fetal effects similar to alcohol syndrome


Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome is caused by cardiac arrest from abusing inhalants, and can happen the 1st or the 100th time you are abusing inhalants. Every single time these teenagers are abusing these potentially deadly inhalants, they are playing with fire and taking a 50/50 chance of life or death. Freon is one of the leading causes of Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome (SSDS). Inhalant abuse is NOT a joke, and NOT something to be taken lightly. Speak to your children and help them understand the severity of inhalant abuse.


Signs of Refrigerant Theft (Potential Abuse)

1) Plastic bag(s) laying near the unit that you did not place there

2) Kitchen knives or similar blades near the unit

3) Service caps are missing

4) Low levels of refrigerant but no sign of leaks after a leak test



The International Mechanical Code of 2009 and 2012 both state:

“Locking access port caps. Refrigerant circuit access ports located outdoors shall be fitted with locking-type tamper-resistant caps.


Does your outdoor air conditioning condenser have this locking mechanism over the access port cap? Most building code inspectors are forgetting or ignoring this code, and if found by a respectable inspector, your air conditioner could be deemed a code violation!


Be Proactive, not Reactive!


America’s Best Mechanical & Electrical offers Novent Locking Air Conditioner Refrigerant Caps to help you stay up to code, but most importantly, prevent the possibility of death and deterioration to the people you love, and the people that everyone else loves in this world. Special tools are required to install and remove these caps, which makes them virtually impossible to remove and abuse refrigerant without these tools. Contact us online for more information, and share this post on every social media outlet. Inhalant abuse is kept low-key and that should never be the case!

Help save the lives of naïve teenagers around the world who don’t understand the danger their lives could be in, and those of their friends, without their realization of the potentially fatal consequences. We can all help stop huffing together, one step at a time. NoVent caps will protect you and your home from being the source of an inhalant-abuser, whether they be friends, family, or a perfect stranger. Help us spread the word today! Follow us on Facebook for more updates and to help share important information such as this! These inhalants are so easily accessed in many homes across the nation. Don’t let this become a problem in your home!


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These most common household inhalants should be kept in secure locations to prevent inhalant abuse at home:

  1. Glue, rubber cement
  2. Spray paint
  3. Hair spray
  4. Air Freshener
  5. Deodorant
  6. Fabric sprays
  7. Nail polish remover
  8. Paint thinner
  9. Type correction fluid
  10. Markers
  11. Lighter fluid
  12. Spot remover
  13. Degreaser
  14. Dry cleaning fluid
  15. Vegetable cooking spray
  16. Whipped cream aerosols
  17. Helium
  18. Propane
  19. Nitrous oxide
  20. Gasoline
  21. Household cleaners
  22. Air conditioning coolants (Freon)

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