Inhaling paint fumes ???
September 21, 2008 5:11pm CST
My husband went to work today to paint a basement for an elderly woman who lives down the road from us . He left at 10 this morning and only got home at just after 6 . He is not feeling well and is burping constantly and he feels sick . I am worried that he might have injested to much paint fumes because the basement was sealed up for the winter and he was in it painting her walls all day and has to go back again tomorrow . There is no ventilation down there and I don't think this is safe . Does anyone know if the paint fumes could be dangerous and what I might need to look out for because I know he is not going to tell me if he is really sick becasue he is not going to want to go to the hospital !!
• United States
21 Sep 08
Tell your husband to get him two of the cheap box fans. Don't go back into that basement and try to pain without them. Set one in the basement door blowing out and the other in the basement blowing in the direction of the one in the door. Paint fumes from the right kind of paint can be deadly in a tight place like that. You didn't say what kind of paint so I am assuming it was the special basement paint. Some of it can be pretty wicked. The gas on his stomach indicates he has already breathed way too many of the fumes. He sure doesn't need any more of it. If he can at all tell him to wait a few days and try to get some of this out of his system before he tries to finish it.
21 Sep 08
He is not sure what kind of paint he was using because I just asked him . The basement is completely sealed up for the winter and I am not sure she even has a window or door that could be opened . When he came home he was vomiting and he is supposed to go back tomorrow and that is what has me worried because he is so pig headed that he will go no matter how sick he is feeling . My husband also has asthma which has me more worried about him . Thank you for your response .