Now, in past posts I've established that I'm not the most modern guy. Sometimes, this has its advantages. For example, I can fix my own cabinets, house humidifiers and can change my oil. Still, I often find myself perplexed by what I hear in the news.
When I was younger, I would have loved to have an air conditioner. All I had was an electric fan, no matter how hot the temperature was. And while I still own this energy-saving device, I now use it to cool my house more quickly, which reduces my summer cooling expenses.
In Virginia, however, some children are taking apart air conditioners so that they access the freon inside. According to the news reports, local school teachers first got wind of the potential problem when they noticed the Freon in an air conditioner was mysteriously empty.
"When you inhale the gas, [it] creates an extreme state of intoxication," Wayne Frith, a member of Substance Abuse Free Environment, a Virginia-based substance abuse prevention center, told local TV news source WWBT. "It's like being very, very drunk in a matter of a couple of seconds."
In order to increase the safety of local children and help businesses and private citizens protect their valuable energy-saving devices, some companies are providing air conditioning owners with free child safety locks. Kevin Kirsh, who works for Midlothian Mechanical, one of the providers of the locks, says he views his actions as a public service.
Kirsh says that since replacing the Freon inside an air conditioning unit can cost hundreds of dollars, they are a simple solution to a complex problem that is harming more than simply the wallets of local residents. As a result, homeowners around the country may be wise to pursue similar steps that could keep their air conditioning units and children safe.