So much for going outside to play catch or chase the dog around. These kids are sitting around out back taking hits of mom and dad’s a/c unit.
Some might laugh at the absurdity of the concept, but the truth of the matter is, this practice has lead directly to multiple deaths and traumatic brain injuries, as well as permanent brain damage if the user is lucky enough to survive.
What happens when these teenage huffers grow up and begin working in your HVACR shop? Not possible you say? One California contractor thought the same thing until he opened the back of a service vehicle and found his dead technician next to a refrigerant canister with a refrigerant hose stuck in his mouth.
As an industry, maybe its time to start educating the general public about locking up their refrigerants for the sake of the proper functioning of the equipment and the environment, but most importantly for the sake of their children. It might also be time to take a closer look at the technicians in your shop as well.