February 3-9, 2013 is National Burn Awareness WeekAccidents 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.
- 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.