The siphon, which is usually known as syphon in ancient greek is a technique and wide variety of devices that involve the flow of liquids through the tubes. These devices contain a ‘U’ shaped tube which helps the liquid to flow upward, above the surface of a reservoir without the help of the pump, but it flows downward under the pull of gravity, then releasing the liquid into the lower level than the surface of the reservoir from which it came. These are the only two explaining theories that explain the flow of liquids from the higher edge to the lower edge with the help of gravity.
The Poison Experts Warn The Associations Against The Gas Siphoning
The gas siphon is also known as fuel theft, is increasing as the fuel prices are increasing, which makes the employees steal the fuel. Employees have different types of techniques and tools to steal the fuel, like drilling a hole in the tank or any other techniques, which makes it difficult in tracing the track of fuel when it leaves the tank. This increase in fuel thefts costs the trucking industry in the United States of America almost $2.1 billion every year. To overcome this problem, some of the companies are using vehicle tracking systems and with the hope to reduce theft and increase the effectiveness of fleet usage.
There are many cases where the gas/fuel siphon has happened but not only that involved vehicle tanks but also filling stations and from pipelines. Some of the cases involving the illegal removal of oils and fuels from the pipelines have caused serious damages such as explosions. Some of the recorded cases include the 2006 Abule Egba pipeline explosion, the 2006 Atlas Creek explosion, and the 2019 Tlahuelilpan pipeline explosion. In these explosions, it is believed that the local groups of people are involved.
Rash-related gasoline-related poisoning calls have led the U.S. poison experts to warn against the siphoning. The Association of Poison Control Centers said that the gasoline hoarding and siphoning in some East Coast have led to significant lead gasoline emergencies. There have been recent concerns that there is a limited supply of gasoline due to the shutdown of major pipelines led by some people who tried to steal the stockpile of gasoline. According to the National Poison Data System, there was an increase of 45% in gasoline ingestions from May 10-12. The cases that were recorded also showed that the people involved were aged between 13 to 59 years of age, and more than three-quarters of the cases were managed outside of the hospitals.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warned that gasoline should not be stored in plastic bags. If the gasoline is not stored in proper fule tankers, then there are high chances that the gasoline in plastic bags is hazardous to human health if inhaled as well as to the environment. According to the data in the Poison system, inhalation resulted in 25% of gasoline exposure in May. Most of the calls of gasoline exposure to the Poison center involved zero to minimal symptoms.
However, exposure to the inhalation of gasoline can lead to coughing, shortness of breath, chemical pneumonia, chemical burns, and unconsciousness, as per the reports of the poison experts, which was mentioned in an association news release. When the gasoline enters the lungs, a few things can happen, like it can block oxygen from being absorbed into the small vessels that carry the oxygen to the lungs and every part of the body. Lack of oxygen in the body can cause serious health injuries such as respiratory arrest, coma, and death. There are many steps and regulations imposed to prevent the effects affecting human health because of inhalation or exposure.