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Avoid Flammable and Corrosive Dangers in Your Home

You may be in danger of a house fire or chemical burn and not know it. Many common products used for cleaning or other household purposes have serious risks of injury if the products or vapors come into contact with an ignition source, or when products come into direct contact with skin.

Flammable products around the house

In 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to more than 370,000 structure fires. Candles, cigarettes and faulty electrical equipment may be the first things that come to mind when you hear about house fires, but there are many other causes of house fires and severe burn injuries, including:

  • Furniture polish which contains petroleum distillates or mineral spirits
  • Paint, wood stains and paint thinners
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Hair products
  • Aerosol sunscreen
  • Aerosol air fresheners

Oxygen is extremely flammable as well, so if someone in your home uses oxygen, or you visit the home of someone who does, smoke outside and avoid burning candles or any type of open flame.

Chemical burns are as bad as burns caused by heat

Chemical burns cause the death of skin cells similar to heat-related burns. Products that are strong acids, bases, oxidizers, solvents, reducing agents and alkylants have the greatest corrosive potential. Corrosive chemicals eat away and destroy healthy skin and underlying tissues. Many household products contain these properties, such as:

  • Batteries, which contain sulfuric acid
  • Ammonia
  • Bleach
  • Automatic dishwasher detergent
  • Oven cleaners containing lye
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Drain cleaner
  • Household foggers
  • Swimming pool chloride tablets

While chemical burns can be just as severe as heat-related burns, they require no heat source, occur on contact, and may cause deep tissue damage quickly. Take steps to protect young children from accidental contact with these products.

Burn victims may be entitled to compensation for their injuries if the injuries were caused or worsened by the negligence of another person, business or manufacturer. Contact a burn injury lawyer in Boston to discuss your situation.

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