Articles Posted in Fire and Burn Injuries

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A six year old child suffered 2nd degree burns in a fire that broke out in a Deltona, Florida duplex on Tuesday morning. The Fire Department stated that the fire engulfed the entire duplelx. Seven people were rescued from the burning house, however the six year old boy suffered severe burns to his back, shoulder, head, and ears. The boy was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando.

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, home fires caused about 85% of all fire related deaths in 2010. Education is key to preventing fire related deaths. Have your family practice fire evacuation from your home. Teach your children about basic fire safety. Discuss with your children what to do if they smell smoke. Check your batteries in all smoke detectors and change batteries twice a year. Make sure all family members know how the smoke detector alarm sounds. Make sure your home has a working fire extinguisher. For more information see, 6 Year Old Suffers Personal Injuries in Duplex Fire in Deltona Florida.

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In St. Augustine, Florida, a 5th Wheel BP station went up in flames on State Road 16 on Friday, August 19, 2011 forcing residents within a half-mile radius to evacuate their homes for over an hour. The fire also sent at least one man to the hospital with severe third-degree burns. Along with the Florida Highway Patrol, County Fire Rescue, City of St. Augustine and Jacksonville firefighters all were on the scene trying to put out the 100-foot tall flames. Investigators will investigate this industrial fire incident to determine what started the fire, but eye witnesses claim they saw propane and fuel tanks exploding as they drove by the gas station. “We just felt this boom and thought someone had hit us,” said Meranda Walls. “When we looked over one of the propane tanks was on fire.”

The fire, which began around the time rush-hour traffic was beginning, forced local authorities to shut down both lanes on State Road 16 until 6:30 that afternoon. It was at this time that witnesses noticed an employee of the gas station trying to franticly reach safety. “There was a man trying to get away, tripping and stumbling, then he was on the ground on his side,” Walls said. “We were going to stop and help, but he was heavy-set and we knew we couldn’t lift him,” said Catrina Magruder, who was stopped right outside of the gas station. Luckily for the injured employee, a man in a minivan hurried over to the employee and along with a couple of St. John’s County deputies, carried him to safety. The employee, whose name has not been released, was lifted to Shands-Gainesville shortly afterwards.

For more on this story, see Explosion at 5th Wheel.

firework.jpgAccording to officials in Dania Beach, Florida, an eight-year-old girl was taken to the hospital for firework-related injuries. She was watching fireworks in a backyard, and when the fireworks went off she was struck in the back of her head by a piece of concrete. Authorities said that someone had tried to use a cinder block to stabilize the firework. The child was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital for treatment and is expected to recover.

During the month of July, typically around Independence Day, children are more likely to become victims of firework-related injuries. Injuries from fireworks are most likely to affect the hands, eyes, and the head, face, and ear; children 14-years or younger are the most prone to these types of injuries. Firecrackers, sparklers, and rockets accounted for most of the injuries reported in the emergency departments, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The best way to protect your family from firework-related injuries is to not set off fireworks at home in the first place. Attend public displays and leave the lighting to experienced professionals. However, if you do choose to set off fireworks at home, here are a few safety tips to keep in mind:

smoke%20detector.jpgBelow is a summary of the leading cause of fatal personal injuries in children ranging in age from less than one-year-old to 19-years-old:

– From 2000-2006, the leading cause of death for children were personal injuries due to transportation. Although a substantial amount of deaths involved pedestrian or bicyclist accidents, the highest rates were among occupants of motor vehicles in traffic.

– For children less than one-year-old, 2/3 of death caused by personal injuries were due to suffocation.

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Disney pairs its character Bambi with Smokey the Bear to encourage elementary school kids to help prevent forest fires. The timing of these public service announcements could not be better; currently, brush fires are popping up all over Central Florida. The PSAs show scenes and characters from the Disney movie, Bambi, with Smokey the Bear’s message: “Only you can prevent wildfires.” Many people are under the belief that wildfires are started by lightening. However, according to the Advertising Council, 90% of wildfires are caused by people. The most common ways wildfires are started include unattended campfires, burning debris on windy days, arson, carelessly discarding smoking materials or barbecue coals. If you would like to read more on this topic please read Disney pairs its character Bambi with Smokey the Bear to spread awareness on the prevention of wildfires to elementary school children.

A wildfire is an uncontrolled fire in combustible vegetation that occurs in the countryside or wilderness area. Forest fire use to be the term to describe these types of fires, but the term forest fire was replaced with wildfire in 2001. Parents should teach their children not to play with fire or fire-starting objects. Children should be taught the dangers and risks of injury or death regarding fires. The more children are educated and understand the dangerousness of fires the better children can help prevent wildfires.

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Child care workers at the Clarcona Academy Child Care Center discovered severe burns on the entire right leg of a two-month old baby while changing the baby’s diaper. After the shocking discovery, the baby boy was taken to Winnie Palmer Children’s Hospital and admitted overnight. The child’s father was contacted by police and told them the child was fine when he dropped the child off. The State of Florida Department of Children and Families was also notified of the incident, it later called in its Child Protection Team. The DCF child protection team is a team of doctors who observe the physical injuries on a child and learn the how the injury occurred, when it took place and point to indications of whether the accident was purposeful or accidental.

An investigation is being conducted on the daycare, parents and anyone else who would have been alone with the child. Although the parents have no prior history with DCF, the daycare does. Presently, the daycare is operating under a provisional license due to the adult-to-children ratio and possible problems with the grounds. It is unknown whether or not the child will remain in the parent’s custody during the investigation, but Hoeppner assured the child will be in a safe environment. To read more about this topic see Daycare workers observe burns on leg of 2-month-old boy.

You can get a detailed history of your child’s daycare at DCF Daycare History.

sparklers.jpgWith Independence Day / July 4th celebrations and parties, many people gather with friends and family to celebrate the holiday. Fireworks are part of this holiday tradition. Unfortunately, personal injuries often times result from the negligent or careless use or firing off of fireworks. Most fireworks are not only illegal, but dangerous – causing 11 deaths in 2006. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there are nearly 10,000 firework-related injuries per year, most of them occurring between June 15-July 15. Hands are the most commonly injured body parts with the eyes in a close second. The remaining injuries involve the face, head, and ears.

Types of Injuries

Burns are the most common firework-related injury. However, contusions (bruises), lacerations, and foreign objects in the eyes also occur at an alarming high frequency. Bottle rockets are the most common cause of eye injuries, sometimes resulting in the physical loss of the eye and/or blindness. Bystanders – someone who is hit by misfiring fireworks – are usually the most common victims of bottle rockets.

Grenade.jpgLast Fourth of July, Edward Weise Jr. helped his eight year old son, Edward Weise III, hollow out a pineapple grenade from World War II and fill it with firecracker powder. For some reason, they were unable to get the grenade to ignite and a family member put it on a shelf in the living room and forgot about it.

But Edward, now nine years old, did not forget about the grenade, and attempted to light it on his own recently. The child’s mother, Anne-Marie Weise, reported that she saw her son playing with a lighter in the kitchen just moments before the explosion. She told him to put it away. Apparently he did not listen to her, and continued to try to light the grenade. The resulting explosion critically injured the boy, who was flown to Tampa General for surgery.

A concerned neighbor called the Department of Children and Families’ abuse hotline to report the incident. The DCF is now looking into the matter. Deputies who searched the family’s home found marijuana in the bedroom Ms. Weise shares with her boyfriend, Larry Busby. According to the Polk County Florida Sheriff’s office there are charges pending but no one has been arrested. You can find out more details of this February fireworks accident at Injured Boy’s Father Helped Him Fill Grenade With Firecracker Powder.

HotWater.jpgA twenty seven year old mother accidentally scalded her five month old son with hot bath water. Apparently, the woman was drawing a bath for the child when she saw a spider in the bathtub; when she attempted to wash the spider down the drain, it jumped out of the tub and onto the child’s arm. She then tried to rinse the spider off of the child by putting the child directly under the running water, not realizing that the water was too hot. The child was brought to the local fire station, where he was found to have second degree burns on his body.

Investigators have determined that the incident was an accident. Other family members at the home told investigators that they were not aware that the hot water heater was set so high. A Pasco County, Florida sheriff’s deputy watched the child’s grandfather turn the heat down. The child has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home with his family.

This unfortunate accident drives home the point that parents need to be vigilant to protect their children at all times. Read more about this unfortunate accident at Mother Trying To Kill Spider Scalds Baby.

Fire.jpgCaroline Bramlet, aged twenty one, has been charged with aggravated child abuse, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia after leaving her six week old baby unattended to go chat with neighbors. According to Escambia County, Florida deputies, the child was burned by a fire that broke out some time after the mother left her alone in the apartment. Fire department officials have reported that Ms. Bramlet was using candles in the child’s bedroom. They believe that one of the candles fell off of the windowsill and onto the bed, starting a fire that burned the child’s scalp. The burns are considered minor.

When firefighters responded to the scene, they found drug paraphernalia in the home. The deputies, who arrested Ms. Bramlet, found that she was in possession of marijuana. The infant was treated for her burns and released into the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families. Ms. Bramlet has been released from Escambia County Jail on $3500 bond.

This story was reported by the Pensacola News Journal. As with any other criminal case, Ms. Bramlet will be allowed to defend herself of these charges. She will be entitled to representation from a public defender or a private criminal defense lawyer. She may claim that she left the apartment for a good reason and that she was not the owner of the drug paraphernalia or did not know about the drug paraphernalia.