Unintentional gasoline ingestions can occur when trying to siphon a gas tank, or if a person takes a sip from an unlabeled container. Gasoline is not well absorbed from the stomach, but it is a very volatile substance (evaporates easily at room temperature) and can easily be coughed/choked on. Brief, unintentional inhalation exposures are common (at a gas station, for example), and should not result in serious symptoms.
Low for brief inhalation exposures and unintentional/mouthful ingestions where contents remain in the stomach.
High if gasoline slips into the lungs (can occur with coughing, gagging, vomiting): can cause a chemical pneumonia.
- Mild stomach irritation in unintentional/mouthful ingestions.
- Coughing, difficulty breathing, possible pneumonia if gasoline enters the lungs.
- Intentional or prolonged inhalation: can cause drowsiness and affect the heart rhythm.
- If swallowed and not coughing/choking, provide small sips of water to drink.
- If inhaled, get fresh air.
- For eye exposures, rinse eyes for at least 15 minutes with lukewarm water.
- Call the Poison Centre for further advice.
- If the person exposed has any difficulty breathing, call 911.
- This product should be locked up and out of sight with all of your other household hazards.
- Always keep this product in its original container.
- Every case is different. OPC is available 24hrs/day to provide information for your individual situation. Call 1-800-268-9017 (Toll-free) or 416-813-5900 (Local).