Freon Burn on Skin of Forearm

Freon Burn on Skin of Forearm

This car mechanic was adding freon to a car’s air conditioner when a freon hose exploded in his hand, spraying the hazardous chemical onto his forearm. Although these injuries are called “Freon Burns”, they are in reality frostbites. Freon freezes skin on contact.

Needless to say, freon (chlorofluorocarbon) being a hazardous substance, whoever works with it should wear proper protective clothing, but then again, you’re not gonna see a car mechanic wearing one of those chemical resistant suits like you see in nuclear facilities with high radiation.

Props to Best Gore member Lascerated for the pic.

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32 thoughts on “Freon Burn on Skin of Forearm”

  1. Chlorofluorocarbon better known as CFCs is a starting point for all of DuPont’s Freon refrigerants, ie R11, R12, R31 ect.

    Dichlorodifluoromethane is R12 which was used in cars and trucks up till 1991. It is no longer being made. Production ceased in 1991.

    1,1,1,2-Tetrafloroethane is R134a which started being used in 1992 and is being used to this day. It is not nearly as good as R12.

    As a mechanic (1987-1994) I remember being able to get an A/C to blow as cold as 10 F with R12 but could only manage about 28 F with R134a.

    Couldn’t tell you what type of Freon this guy got hit with. R12 and R134a can both do damage. Thanks Lascerated, you brought back fond memories of my mechanic days.

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