Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by Janine Acero
Petroleum oil is a flammable liquid consisting mainly of hydrocarbons, more often called crude oil, appearing as clear to very dark brown and black. It occurs naturally in deposits from under the earth’s surface that formed from plants and animals millions of years ago. Gasoline is a derivative of petroleum used as fuel.
Swallowing crude oil or its derivatives or inhaling its fumes (mostly in occupational settings) may severely affect the liver, spleen and kidneys, as well as the respiratory, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, reproductive, and central nervous systems.
Crude oil can be refined into many different petroleum-based products. Some of these are gasoline, distillates such as diesel fuel and heating oil, jet fuel, kerosene, petrochemical feedstocks, waxes, lubricating oils, and asphalt.
Some common household products also contain hydrocarbons. These are baby oils and suntan oils, and mineral oil based cosmetics like bath oils, creams, lotions, and makeup removers.
Since some common household products contain hydrocarbons, which are the main components of crude oil and its derivatives, it’s highly possible for children to make contact and be exposed to unsafe levels of these substances. According to Parents.com, it’s important to have basic poison prevention steps to protect your children. These are:
Petroleum oil (crude oil) is a flammable liquid made up of hydrocarbons, which are substances that occur naturally from under the earth’s surface.
Gasoline is a derivative of petroleum oil used as fuel.
Crude oil can be refined into many petroleum-based products, including diesel fuel and heating oil, jet fuel, kerosene, lubricating oils, baby oils and suntan oils, bath oils, creams and lotions, to name a few.
Follow some basic poison prevention tips to protect your children from accidental exposure to these substances.