-- Randy Dotinga
SUNDAY, Aug. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Be careful around
That's the message from the University of Michigan Health
System's Trauma Burn Center, which has treated 14 gasoline-related
burns in just the past month.
"These kinds of injuries are avoidable and the painful consequences often last a lifetime," Karla Klas, injury prevention education specialist, said in a news release from the trauma center.
Most of the burns occurred when people used gasoline or other
accelerants to boost bonfires and brush fires, Klas said. In some
cases, children were burned when they played around gasoline and
Gasoline fires are responsible for 500 deaths and more than
10,000 visits to emergency rooms each year, says the American Burn
"Because we safely use gasoline every day in our cars and lawn mowers, people don't always realize how dangerous it can be when it's improperly used," Klas said. "People underestimate how flammable and explosive it can be."
Here are some tips from the trauma center on how to use gasoline
For more on
gasoline safety, visit the University of Michigan Health System's Trauma Burn Center.
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