Question #15: I’ve heard that overheating nonsticks can kill pet birds. True or false?

True, but that’s not the whole story. Pet birds tend to have unusually sensitive lungs, which is why they have been kept in mines and submarines. If the air goes bad, they die - warning those around them. Similarly, if an organic substance (such as a nonstick) is heated to such an extreme temperature that it vaporizes, creating fumes, it could kill such a bird. But this is as true of foodstuffs such as butter and bacon fat as it is of the coating itself. In fact, such foodstuffs vaporize at a lower temperature than a nonstick coating.



 
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Question #15: I’ve heard that overheating nonsticks can kill pet birds. True or false?

True, but that’s not the whole story. Pet birds tend to have unusually sensitive lungs, which is why they have been kept in mines and submarines. If the air goes bad, they die - warning those around them. Similarly, if an organic substance (such as a nonstick) is heated to such an extreme temperature that it vaporizes, creating fumes, it could kill such a bird. But this is as true of foodstuffs such as butter and bacon fat as it is of the coating itself. In fact, such foodstuffs vaporize at a lower temperature than a nonstick coating.




 
 
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