Chemical burns can occur from contact with several elements. Harsh acids, drain cleaners, paint thinner, and to name a few. Typically, one understands the reasoning for the burn and its basis. However, weaker chemicals may initially leave unnoticeable burns. Sunburn, for example, does not become apparent until after an extended period of exposure. After the period of exposure, only then will discomfort set in, and discolored skin becomes evident. If you don’t know if a chemical is harmful, call Poison Help United States line at 800-222-1222. Bring the chemical container (or the name of the chemical at the very least) with you to the emergency medical treatment center.
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Electrical burns can occur from tasers, lightning, light switches, wall outlets, and other household locations. Minor, first-degree electrical burn injuries can be treated the same as other minor burn injuries. It is essential to consult with a doctor after an electrical burn as severe damage can occur to internal tissues, specifically in the arms or legs. The internal injury has the potential to be worse than what is visible on the skin.
Dial 911 or the local emergency line if the electrical burn injury was from a high-voltage electrical wire or lightning. Stay away from the wire until it is shut off as telephone and power lines usually aren’t insulated. If you ever see a down power line, keep a minimum of twenty feet (or six meters) away, even further if it is flailing around or sparking. Never move an electrocuted individual unless in instant peril.
Critical skin burns or scalding injuries can occur to the hands and face from simply over-heating a cup in a microwave oven. It is possible to over-heat a cup of water (beyond the boiling point) without it looking like it is boiling. Hot water burns ensue when water is heated in a fresh cup. The hazard of overheating is significantly decreased when coffee or sugar are mixed into the water before heating. If water doesn’t appear to be overheated via boiling, lifting the cup out of the microwave or adding instant coffee can cause the water to blast out of the cup.
Scalds are caused by wet heat, while burns are caused by dry heat. Most scalds can be remedied on your own; however, some will require medical attention as they can be life-endangering. Any scald or burn injury exceeding three inches or affecting more than one limb or location of the body needs instant medical care. The two high-risk demographics are children younger than five and adults older than sixty-five. Constant supervision of young children is the key to averting a scald burn injury. Improved understanding is a fundamental factor to scald avoidance.
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