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A chemical burn can place your vision at risk

You wear safety goggles at work because you know the dangers of the chemicals you work with and the consequences of getting those substances in your eyes. However, in one split second, the chemicals were in your face, and your eyes began to burn. Thankfully, your job site has an eye wash station where co-workers helped you rinse your eyes until help arrived.

Fuel system defects cause thousands of vehicle fires each year

The fuel system in a car has the potential to make that vehicle a bomb on wheels. A single spark or a drop of gasoline on a hot surface can suddenly produce a huge fire that spreads extremely quickly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there were approximately 174,000 vehicle fires in 2015. These fires killed 445 people and caused 1,550 injuries.

How To Treat A Chemical Burn

Any type of burn can be incredibly dangerous and painful, but they can't all be treated the same way. In order to properly care for your injury, you need to know what caused it. In the case of chemical burns, you need to take special care to make sure that the injury doesn't worsen or spread. However, you may not be able to immediately recognize a chemical burn. In cases where you are sure here are the steps you should take:

Vehicles Recalled Due To Fire Hazards

While there's a risk of fire after an accident, it's not something we expect from a supposedly perfectly functioning vehicle. Even though newer vehicles are using alternate power sources like batteries, automobiles have been historically powered by gasoline, a fuel source designed to burn incredibly efficiently and quickly. Car manufacturers pride themselves on creating the safest vehicles, citing numerous crash safety ratings on their advertisements, but how often do their products need to be recalled due to combustion hazards?

Workplace Explosions: How And Why They Happen

No one ever wants to experience a workplace injury, but what happens if the worst comes to pass? While not all workplaces are equally susceptible to workplace explosions, if you work an industrial job with plenty of machinery around, it's a grim possibility. In 2014, 137 people were killed by fires and explosions at work according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in its National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. Some of the areas that are at the highest risk of a workplace explosion include manufacturing plants, mining operations, construction sites, chemical plants, and oil and gas industry extraction and production areas.

Causes Of E-cigarette Explosions

Smoking e-cigarettes, also known as "vaping," is a rapidly growing alternative to smoking cigarettes in the U.S. Introduced to the market in 2007, sales of e-cigarettes are estimated to be worth around $1.5 billion each year in the U.S. alone, with more than 2.5 million Americans using the products. They're marketed as the healthier alternative to regular cigarettes, and are primarily used by people attempting to cut back or quit their smoking habits. 

Clothing Fires: Flammability Hazards To Be Aware Of

Burns are traumatic, life-changing injuries. While the safest advice is to avoid fire altogether, that isn't possible for most of us. If you're ever in a situation where fire is a danger, it's important to make sure you've taken as many safety precautions as possible to prevent greater injury. An easy way to do that is to make sure the clothing on your back won't fuel the flames and go up in a flash.

E-cigarettes Pose Fire And Burn Hazards

Since their debut on the market in 2007, e-cigarettes have been gaining popularity across the nation. The Federal Emergency Management Agency reports that over 2.5 million Americans use this device and the number of users is estimated to grow. Marketers highlight e-cigarettes as the safer alternative to regular cigarettes because they use vapor instead of smoke and allegedly have less nicotine. However, recent reports show that these products may pose risks of fires and burns.

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