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Toddler’s Burn Injuries Caused by Light-Up Shoes, Mother Says

A mother whose toddler suffered second-degree burns on his feet claims the injuries were caused by the batteries that power the lights in his Skechers Light Up training shoes. Sherry Foster described her son Peyton’s burn injuries in a public Facebook post on June 26. “Peyton has 2nd degree chemical burns from his sketcher lightable shoes. Apparently when they get wet the batteries release a chemical causing children’s feet to burn,” she said in the post, thanking her son’s doctor for treating his injuries on a busy day. The post quickly went viral, with more than half a million Facebook ... Read More

CPSC: Sparklers Are the Top Cause of Fireworks-Related Burn Injuries

Most burn injuries caused by holiday fireworks are caused by sparklers, federal safety officials warn as consumers flock to fireworks stores in anticipation of Fourth of July celebrations. In 2017, hospital emergency rooms treated 12,900 fireworks-related burn injuries. Nearly 70 percent of those burn injuries occurred in the one-month period from June 16 to July 16, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said. During this time, sparklers were the leading cause of burn injuries, accounting for about 14 percent of all burn injuries stemming from fireworks. According to the CPSC, sparklers appear deceptively harmless to many people. “Parents don’t ... Read More

Fireworks Season Brings Burn Injuries, Amputations, Surgeons Warn

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, doctors across the U.S. see a spike in the number of burns and blast injuries caused by fireworks. This year, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) is reaching out to the public with a reminder about the devastating injuries fireworks can cause, most commonly to the hands. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), more than 11,000 firework injuries occurred in 2016. Hands and fingers accounted for one-third of the firework-related injuries, with the head and face being the second most common part of the body injured. “In ... Read More

Explosions Make E-Cigarettes Too Risky For Many Insurers

Are e-cigarettes and other products in the bustling e-cigarette market too risky for insurance carriers? A recent report by Insurance Business America suggests so. When e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery devices emerged in the U.S. in 2007, insurance carriers eagerly embraced the new industry for its growth potential and promising revenue source. But as e-cigarettes exploded, causing serious burn injuries and other harm to consumers, “the great fire of interest quickly whittled down to a few smoldering embers,” Insurance Business America reported. Although other factors have played a role, the risk of e-cigarette explosions and serious physical injuries seem ... Read More

E-Cigarette Blast Causes Severe Facial Injuries To Illinois Woman

An Illinois woman was seriously injured when an e-cigarette exploded in her face at an e-cig shop in Machesney Park, Illinois, Monday. North Park Fire Chief Joel Hallstrom told Rockford Illinois’ WIFR 23 that the injured woman was taken to the hospital with a “significant facial injury.” A WIFR reporter tweeted about the incident at 12:39 p.m. Monday, saying the woman was being taken to the hospital after an e-cigarette “’blows off’ her face.” Report: Woman en route to hospital after e-cig "blows off" her face, police on scene at 631 Harlem Rd smoke shop — Jessie Schlacks (@23newsJessie) June ... Read More

Two Workers Die From Burn Injuries After Kansas Plant Blast

Two workers of a Kansas power plant who suffered severe burn injuries on the job Sunday morning, June 3, have died. According to KSNT News of Topeka, Kansas, the deadly accident occurred at the Jeffrey Energy Center located in St. Mary’s, about 40 miles northwest of Topeka. The two plant workers were identified as operations supervisor Craig Burchett, of Overlook, Kansas, and Jesse Henson of Manhattan, Kansas. The men were critically injured when a steam safety valve on a piece of equipment failed, filling the area they were in with pressurized steam and leaving them with fatal burn injuries, The ... Read More

Burn Injuries Trigger PTSD in Many Patients, Study Finds

Severe burn injuries can leave patients with permanent debilitating scars, but what about the emotional and psychological wounds? A new Loyola Medicine survey has found that nearly 16 percent of adults who suffer burn injuries also screen positive for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), indicating that the pain of burn injuries is more than skin deep. The survey was conducted by clinical psychologist Elizabeth Simmons, PsyD, licensed clinical social worker Kelly McElligott, AM, and colleagues from Loyola Medicine’s Burn Center, who presented their findings at the annual meeting of the American Burn Association in Chicago. “We identified a significant group of ... Read More

Fire Pit Mishap Results in Serious Burn Injuries

Following a fire pit explosion that left 12 people with burn injuries in Glendale, Illinois, fire officials want to remind the public of some basic fire safety tips. “Never introduce a combustible liquid into a fire that’s already going,” a Glenside Fire Protection District firefighter told Chicago’s ABC 7 News. Dousing a fire pit, grill, or other open flame with gasoline, lighter fluid, and other types of combustible liquid can create a path from the fire to the fuel source, resulting in a potentially deadly explosion. Although the April 28 Glendale explosion remains under investigation, fire officials said the incident was ... Read More

Worker deaths, serious burn injures lead to OSHA fines

After the tragic workplace deaths of five employees working at a power plant, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued citations to Tampa Electric Co. and Gaffin Industrial Services. The total projected fines owed by these companies are just over $160,000. Immediately following the reports of the five fatalities, which took place at the Big Bend River Station power plant in Apollo Beach, Florida, OSHA opened an investigation. During the investigation, OSHA officials concluded that the employees were fatally burned when the door inside a fiery furnace broke loose and sprayed massive amounts of scolding ... Read More

E-Cigarette Explosion Suspected In Florida Man’s Death

Authorities in Florida believe a St. Petersburg man died from blast injuries he sustained from an e-cigarette malfunction Saturday, May 5. According to the Miami Herald, the St. Petersburg Fire Rescue unit responding to a fire just north of downtown St. Petersburg found the 38-year-old man, identified as Tallmadge D’Elia, dead in his 19th Ave. North home with “multiple injuries to his face.” The explosion reportedly started a fire in a room of the house. Investigators said they are uncertain whether Mr. D’Elia died from injuries he suffered directly in the explosion or from the resulting fire. If authorities confirm ... Read More