Holy crap! He waited 9 days after reading the label and knowing he'd done something really bad? I thought I was bad about not seeing the doctor when I hurt myself! I've used a lot of brake cleaner and carb cleaner over the years, but never in an enclosed area, and never on anything I was welding on. This is a real eye opener, and very good info! Phosgene gas is really bad stuff! Thanks Steve!
WOW!! Scarry. If you knew what was in everything you'd probably have a heart attack. Even reading the labels sometimes do not present all possible situations where a chemical can change it's properties/affects. This guy was lucky, I hope no one else has this happen to them. Mark L
Actually a fellow on another site about four years ago. He normally cleaned with some other chemical, and used brake clean when he ran out. He got dizzy, couldn't breath and past out on the floor. Lucky a family member wacked in and called 911. His recovery time was slow and not knowing wether there would be future side affects.
It Totaly slip my mind till I seen a member here with a can on his bench as he was welding, and I got paranoid that he may have or was going to use it to clean the parts he was welding. Well turns out it was just sitting on his bench. Thank the man up stairs
Thanks for posting that Steve, I had not heard of that scenario before. I go through Brake cleaner like water some weeks, got twelve cans of it stocked up right now, that article is a good reminder to keep the brain engaged.
This is the good part about the internet now, learning these things. Although, I learned this by watching Gearz last year and I wasn't even welding yet. It's scary to think you can do something like this and not even know it!
Chemicals are never beneficial for our body but who knew the items we use on daily or regular basis could have such adverse effects on us without the manufacturers even making it clear beforehand. Hence, I guess it is important for us to take our own necessary precautions when handling them like wearing gloves, masks and so on.