While propane gas is not lethal in small doses, it can be fatal in high concentrations in poorly-ventilated areas. Inhaling it can cause a number of symptoms, including fatigue, nausea and collapse. Heavy physical activity may further induce symptoms due to a higher amount of inhaled gas.
Lower concentrations of propane gas may cause less severe symptoms, such as rapid breathing and fatigue. Symptoms become more severe as less oxygen becomes available due to the gas displacing oxygen in the lungs, which can eventually lead to death. Confined spaces filled with propane gas should be avoided until proper ventilation precautions are taken.Learn More
Propane and natural gas burn at nearly equal flame temperatures (3,560 degrees Fahrenheit). However, propane yields more energy per unit volume than natural gas does. For many years it was a commonly held belief that propane burned hotter than natural gas, but that was due to a miscalculation in the volume needed to create equal yields.Full Answer >
While both propane and butane are hydrocarbon gases, propane has the chemical formula C3H8, while butane has the chemical formula C4H10. Propane has a boiling point of approximately minus 44 degrees Fahrenheit, while butane has a boiling point of 30 to 34 degrees Fahrenheit, making propane more useful as a fuel in colder weather.Full Answer >
Propane inhalation may create symptoms such as coughing, nausea, dizziness, nervousness, vomiting, increased heart rate, weakness, fever and lightheadedness, according to MedlinePlus. Higher levels of propane exposure can lead to convulsions, loss of consciousness, limb pain and numbness. It is important to seek medical attention after being exposed to propane.Full Answer >
Helium is not bad for the body if it is ingested or inhaled in small doses. Helium is a colorless, odorless and inert gas that has no biological function in the body.Full Answer >