Hydrocarbons are compounds present in household products like:

  • Gasoline
  • Kerosene
  • Lamp oil
  • Paint thinner
  • Furniture polish
  • Lighter fluid
  • Lubricating oils
  • Solvents

Follow these steps if you come in contact with a hydrocarbon:

  • If a hydrocarbon gets on your skin, wash well with soap and water; hydrocarbons can cause burns if left on the skin.
  • If you swallow a hydrocarbon, wipe out your mouth; hydrocarbons can be an irritant to the stomach, causing nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Do not induce vomiting or give large amounts of fluid.
  • Call the poison center right away for specific recommendations if you come in contact with a hydrocarbon.
  • If your child chokes on a hydrocarbon, it can be drawn into the lungs, causing a chemical pneumonia that can be potentially life threatening.
  • Click here to link to our inhalants page for more information about hydrocarbons and inhalant abuse.

Call Carolinas Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for questions about an exposure or for more information.