One of the scariest things that can happen while on the road is for a car or truck to catch on fire. Since vehicles have lots of flammable fluid in them and also have material that burns quickly, cars and trucks quickly get engulfed in flames. Oftentimes, those inside or even near the vehicle that catches fire suffer severe burn injuries as a result.
A relatively recent report sheds some interesting light on burn injuries that happen both in and around Houma, Louisiana, and in other parts of the country.
It may come as a surprise to many Houma, Louisiana, residents that the most dangerous place, at least when it comes to the risk for burns, is one's own home.
Burns are fairly common injuries, that most Louisianans have experienced at one time or another. Burn injuries are classified in four ways: first-degree, second-degree, third-degree and fourth-degree. Most people have suffered at least one first-degree burn in their lives, for example, by touching a hot stove or experiencing a minor sunburn. These burns cause the skin to become red and are painful, but they usually heal on their own in a few days.
A person in Louisiana might get a minor burn from now to then, for example, by taking something out of the oven or getting a minor sunburn. While these burns may be treatable at home, it is possible to suffer a serious burn injury that requires hospitalization. And, unfortunately, serious burn injuries are all too common in the United States.
Sometimes, a person is burned while at home, perhaps, by touching a hot stove or receiving an electrical shock when replacing a light fixture. However, the home is not the only place where burn injuries can occur. People in Louisiana suffer burns in the workplace. There a variety of burns a person could suffer while on-the-job.
Outdoor heaters and backyard fire pits are very popular these days in Louisiana and nationwide. It is relaxing to watch the sun set next to a fire, and children enjoy roasting marshmallows. People may think that fire pits are safe, as the fire is contained in the pit. However, The Consumer Products Safety Commission reports that in 2017, at least 5,3000 people were sent to the emergency room with injuries caused by outdoor heaters or fire pits. In 2008 that number sat at just 1,900 injuries.
Most people in Louisiana have had a minor burn at some point in their lives. Perhaps they accidentally touched a hot pan in the oven, or they stayed outside too long and got a sunburn. These minor burns are everyday occurrences, but there are some common causes of more severe burns that vary based on the age of the burn victim.
Most people in Houma have suffered some sort of minor burn during their lifetime. For example, a person could burn themselves taking something hot out of the oven, or they may get a sunburn from staying outside too long. These minor burns usually do not require much special treatment, and heal fairly quickly.