Now that winter is upon us, homes in Northern California and across the
country will be using more and more heating equipment to stay warm indoors
in the next several months, and while people may stay warmer, they are
also at a greater risk for serious burn injuries. As the temperature drops,
the use of fireplaces, heaters, and hot food and liquids rise, and each
present their own dangers that must be uniquely addressed and prevented.
Both wood and gas fireplaces present dangers, and contact with an open
flame or burning log can result in a
fire burn injury, and hot metal or glass can result in second or third degree burns, as
well. Many fireplaces have glass doors to prevent anyone from touching
the flame, but they can reach up to 400º Farenheit and take 45 minutes
to cool down after the fire has died, according to The Burn Prevention
Network. Children should never be unattended around fireplaces, and a
screen or gate can prevent injuries.
Heaters must be kept at least three feet away from flammable materials,
including bedding, newspapers, clothing, and curtains. The same rule applies
to people and animals to prevent burns and clothing fire, and space heaters
should not be left unattended in rooms or left on while sleeping.
Hot drinks, soups, and other liquids also see a rise in use during wintertime,
but these can result in scaldings that cause grave injuries. Those working
with hot liquids should use good lighting, keep children out of the area
when carrying them, and use oven mitts or potholders.
Long and loose clothing is more susceptible to accidentally catching on
fire than close-fitting material, which should be able to be removed swiftly
if on fire. Heavier, flame-resistant fabrics, such as wool, burn slowly
and may self-extinguish while lighter material like cotton and linen burns
fast and hot. Nylon, polyester, acetate, rayon, and others are extremely
dangerous as they melt while they burn and stick to the skin. All clothing
should be inspected for what it is made of to prevent burn injuries.
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury due to another’s
negligence or an unsafe product, contact the
Northern California burn injury lawyers with Van Der Walde and Associates today. Our experienced law team can
get you compensation from the responsible party in order to help you recover
from your injuries. Contact us today at (800) 900-0863 for a consultation
on your case.