Thursday, February 7, 2013

Gasoline Safety

February 3-9, 2013 is National Burn Awareness Week

Accidents with gasoline are a major cause of thermal burns in the U.S. It has been reported that gasoline-related burns account for 13,000 – 15,000 ED visits per year. Based on 1993-1998 data from the National Fire Protection Association, gasoline-related incidents account for:
  • Over 140,000 fires, including 120,000 in vehicles (most of them unoccupied, fortunately).
  • Over 6,000 residential fires.
  • About 500 deaths.
  • Thousands of hospital emergency room visits.Nearly $500 million in direct property damage costs from gasoline-related fires. 
To prevent gasoline related fires caused by misuse and careless handling of gasoline, remember:
  • Gasoline’s only purpose is to fuel engines
  • Storing gasoline in the house is dangerous
  • Handle, store and transport gasoline safely
  • Wash off or flush gasoline quickly if skin or eyes are exposed to gasoline
  • For flame injuries, follow first aid guidelines.
For more information visit The American Burn Association.

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