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Hydrocarbons are compounds present in household products like:

  • gasoline
  • kerosene
  • lamp oil
  • paint thinner
  • furniture polish
  • lighter fluid
  • lubricating oils
  • solvents
  • tiki torch fluid

If a child chokes on a hydrocarbon, the hydrocarbon can be drawn into the lungs causing a chemical pneumonia that can be potentially life threatening.

Follow these steps if you come in contact with a hydrocarbon:

  • If a hydrocarbon gets on your skin, wash well with soap and water; hydrocarbons can cause burns if left on the skin.

  • If you swallow a hydrocarbon, wipe out your mouth. Hydrocarbons can be an irritant to the stomach, causing nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.  Do not make yourself vomit or give large amounts of fluid.

Call NC Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 or chat from this site for further treatment advice.

Last Updated on 12/19/2023