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9
Jun

7 Top Fire Safety Measures To Be Observed While Using Oxygen Concetrators

Oxygen concentrators are widely used in hospitals as well as households these days due to the current pandemic situation. Oxygen concentrators act as a life support system by providing supplemental oxygen. Oxygen concentrators can act as a life-support system but can prove disastrous if handled carelessly. Hence it is highly recommended to understand the fire safety measures before using oxygen concentrators.  It will go a long way in ensuring the safety of oneself & our fellow beings, providing hassle-free handling always.

1. No Smoking in and around the vicinity

It is very important not to smoke or allow smoking while using oxygen concentrators in the vicinity. Smoking during oxygen therapy results in injury. DO NOT SMOKE INDOORS for everyone’s well-being. Make sure that the oxygen concentrator & its accessories are away from the smoking zone.

2. Keep Oxygen Concentrators away from open fire & flame

Yet another factor to be careful about is the usage of oxygen concentrators in & around the kitchen. It is highly dangerous due to the exposure to open fire & the heat generated in the kitchen due to the continuous use of the stove.  It is best to use a microwave while on oxygen concentrators; however, if you are using a stove to cook, it is very important to maintain a distance of at least 3 meters between fire, oxygen concentrator & its accessory.

3. Avoid Deodorants/Aerosol products/paints/gasoline/solvents

Oxygen concentrators should be handled carefully and should be kept away while using highly inflammable products like hairsprays, deodorants, body sprays & alcohol-based sanitisers.

4. Avoid Electric razors/Hair-dryers/Oil/Petroleum-based products/Electric toys

One must remember not to use electric razors & hair-dryers while on oxygen concentrators as it could ignite & cause burns. Avoid applying oil-based toiletries & petroleum jelly, as in certain conditions, the combination of oxygen, oil-based toiletries & a spark from an electrical appliance, such as an electric blanket, hair-dryer, electric razor could ignite & cause burns. It is always better to use water-based cosmetics. Keep toys with electric motors & electric toothbrushes at least 2 meters away.

5. Secure storage of Oxygen Concentrators

Oxygen concentrators should always be stored in a safe, secure, and upright position, especially during travel. This helps in avoiding damages to the equipment & avoiding injury. Always store oxygen concentrators in a clean, clutter-free environment away from dust, yet in a well-ventilated spot to avoid the equipment from getting hot.

6. Proper earthing of Oxygen Concentrators

One should always check for proper earthing of an oxygen concentrator. It should never be connected to extension cords or power boards.  It becomes highly imperative to inspect & service oxygen concentrators periodically to avoid unprecedented accidents. Oxygen concentrators must be kept away from children’s reach & constant vigil is compulsory. Always use an outlet that is NOT controlled by a wall switch.

7. Install Fire Alarms

Installing fire alarms is a wise idea, especially while putting oxygen concentrators to use. In the eventuality of a fire, it helps as a warning, allowing you to have a quick escape plan.

Every piece of equipment is designed to make it convenient for the users. So is an oxygen concentrator. Oxygen is like fuel to fire. So, an oxygen-rich environment poses threat in areas closer to fire & smoke. It is entirely in our hands to make oxygen concentrators user-friendly, safe & convenient by following certain important guidelines. The sole aim of this article is to create awareness among people on fire safety measures while using oxygen concentrators.

Follow fire safety measures …safeguard yourself, your near &dear ones.

Image source: Times Of India

References:

https://www.precisionmedical.com/blog/7-tips-for-maintaining-oxygen-concentrator-safety/

https://provider.inogen.com/

http://islandhomemedical.com/

https://www.oxygenconcentratorstore.com/blog/tips-for-bathing-while-using-an-oxygen-concentrator/#:~:text=Even%20though%20your%20oxygen%20concentrator,while%20getting%20your%20oxygen%20therapy.

 

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Written by Vidhya Renganathan

Vidhya is a content writer based in Chennai, always envisions the betterment of society & captures it in writing.

 

 

 

 

 

Esic hospital
5
Feb

City Fire Management Needs To Move To Local Bodies

In India, the 74th  Constitutional Amendment Act(CAA) came into effect in June 1993.  This was an important step towards decentralization of democracy. Through this Act, Urban Local Bodies(ULBs) like the Municipal Corporations of various cities, were empowered to perform 18 functions. These functions include Roads, Parks, Water Supply, Public Health, Waste Management & Crematoriums. One of the 18 functions listed is Fire Services

Each State was expected to enact legislation to implement the 74th CAA.  However, the State Governments got flexibility in terms of the functions that had to be devolved, the nature of devolution & the timing. Even after 27 years of the passing of the 74th CAA, the implementation in the States has been patchy.

On Fire Services, in most of the States, the function is still centralized and not devolved to the ULBs. The current status is that Fire services in 7 states namely, Maharashtra, Haryana, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab & Rajasthan are under the respective Municipal Corporations. In the remaining States & UTs, it is under the Home Department.

What this means is that some of the top cities in India like Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad & Kolkata do not have control of their Fire Services directly. The ULB of these cities cannot be held accountable for Fire Safety.  This is unlike how Fire Services is handled in other major cities of the world like New York City or London. 

There are several advantages of a City having direct control of Fire Services:

  • Cities are at significantly higher risk of Fire Accidents – population increases, old building with outdated fire safety norms & larger number of public spaces. They need a disproportionate focus of Fire Services, which is possible if they control that function directly
  • Agility in increasing the fire safety capacity – fire stations & fire personnel based on the growth of the city
  • Ability to take quick action against violators of fire safety norms
  • Create & implement a long term plan specific to the city – the example of the 5-year Bengaluru Fire Safety Blueprint prepared by Beyond Carlton with Karnataka Fire Services is a good example of that. 
  • Work on PPP models with leading Corporates in the City – as creating a Fire Safe City is important for the Corporates.
fire safety blueprint

Launching the 5-Year Fire Safety Blueprint for Bengaluru with Shri M.N.Reddi DG&IGP and Shri Soumendu Mukherjee IGP of The Karnataka Fire & Emergency Services

It is important, that we as citizens, demand the devolution of the Fire Services function to the ULBs, in more States of India, to comply with the 74th CAA. This will help improve the overall Fire Safety record of the Cities and thereby continue to be a magnet for investment & talent.

Image source: Google Images – ESIC Fire Accident

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About The Author

Gopal

Gopal Devanahalli is a member of the Beyond Carlton Executive Council. He currently works with the Manipal Group and has over 28 years of professional services experience, including 15+ years at Infosys. Gopal has an Engineering Degree in Computer Science, from BITS, Pilani, and a PGDM from IIM, Calcutta. In addition, he has done a Public Policy Course at The Takshashila Institution.

 

11
Nov

Diwali 2020 – Quick Fire Safety Tips That May Come In Handy

This time though most of us are home, the festival of lights, may not be celebrated like we usually do. But it’s a day to rejoice despite the fact that the whole world is reeling with a pandemic. It’s still a day to bring in a lot of positivity and hope in our homes and a celebration of good over evil.

While we may or may not burst crackers this time, it’s critical to take into consideration the fire safety aspects of our homes as we celebrate by lighting diyas and candles all around the house. Fire safety, that we normally put it to the back burner, but these simple tips would help you stay safe.

Here are some quick tips to note
Lighting diyas/ candles
  • While lighting diyas avoid wearing loose clothes, tuck in your shirt with long sleeves. If you are wearing a saree or dupatta, make sure the ends are tucked in. Do not wear long flowy clothes and synthetic material.
  • Make sure that the candle/ diya is placed on a sturdy surface and not placed near curtains or other materials that can catch fire.
  • Also, avoid lighting the candles or diya near electrical wires.
  • Make sure diyas/ candles are not placed near containers that have alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Never leave your house or lock the house while you have lit candles/ diyas inside the house. Never leave an open flame unattended.
Kids fire safety
  • Make sure all the lighters and matches are away from kids’ reach
  • Keep the doorways clean and clutter-free so that the kids do not trip and fall down on diyas.
  • Educate your kids about fire safety
Kitchen fire safety
  • Do not leave cooking unattended. Make sure an adult is always there to supervise the cooking
  • If there is a grease fire/ if a pan catches fire, close the pan with a metal lid and turn off the stove. Never add water to a grease fire.
  • Make sure you have first aid kits for accidental burn injuries.
Firecrackers safety

Though firecrackers are banned in most of the states, here are some tips that can help people who live in states where firecrackers are not banned.

  • Always buy branded firecrackers from licensed shops that are regulated by the government
  • Store crackers in a safe place.
  • Keep a bucket of sand and water near the place where you are bursting crackers
  • Always wear cotton clothes while bursting crackers, as clothes made of silk, nylon or polyester can catch fire easily
  • Burst crackers in an open area and never indoors
  • Avoid alcohol while bursting crackers.

What can you do when you get an accidental burn? (check this link)

 

Ahmedabad Hospital Fire
22
Sep

Hospital fires in India – Are We Ready To Handle This?

Recently, a fire broke out in a Covid-19 hospital in Ahmedabad, Gujarat claiming the lives of 8 Coronavirus patients. This isn’t a solitary incident of hospital fires in India claiming lives that could have been prevented had the proper norms been observed by hospitals.

There has been a clear lack of norms and safety measures when it is to do with preventing fires in hospitals. According to the norms, all the buildings in India are expected to follow the National Building Code of India established by Bureau of Indian Standards.

Hospital fire safety in India

Hospital fire safety audits

It is mandatory for buildings in the country to conduct a fire safety audit every year (It may vary from state to state). It involves a fire safety officer visiting a building to check whether the buildings have all the fire safety measures in place in case a mishap happens. (Though it varies from state to state in India, some states may have external certification agencies or self assessments)

A set of safety guidelines was published by the National Disaster Management Authority for hospitals in February 2016 and yet we see the incidents of hospital fires on a daily basis. It has been observed that one of the major reasons behind hospital fires in India is an electric short circuit and improper storage of highly inflammable medical supplies. Also, in most of the major hospital fires in India, it was found that hospitals did not have safety measures like fire exits, no fire compliance certificate from relevant authorities and more. This indicated that these were, in a way, man-made accidents and could have been prevented. 

Why do we still have fire mishaps in hospitals?

Most hospitals in India lack basic fire extinguishing equipment like sprinklers and fire extinguishers are often old and in unusable condition. Even the roads inside big hospitals, which should be 6 metres wide according to the NDMA guidelines, are blocked with parked vehicles. If a fire breaks out, the fire tenders cannot even enter. What makes hospital fires worse is the fact that in the event of a fire, most of the victims are immune-compromised, on life support or unable to move on their own. 

The responsibility of safeguarding hospitals and deploying fire safety measures and ensuring that the equipment like fire extinguishers, sprinkler, hose pipes, etc is upon hospitals as well as building contractors. The onus also lies on the government bodies to make the process of NOC and other necessary compliance easier. 

Hospital fires in India are a serious issue that is often neglected. It requires collective efforts from authorities, hospitals, contractors and architects to ensure that fire safety measures are deployed to contain the fire, as swiftly as possible. Hurdles like making sure that highly inflammable hospital supplies are stored in an appropriate manner. Hospital staff must receive specialized training to fight incidents of fire. 

We urge all concerned to address this with the seriousness it requires.

 

 

Freak Fire
8
Jun

Spike in home freak accidents during lockdown says the surgeons

According to a recent report published in Bangalore Mirror, there is a surge in freak accidents at home. Surgeons are getting 15-20 cases a month during the lockdown when compared to just 1-2 cases in the past. The report claims that there have been freak incidents in the kitchen involving burn injuries. Some incidents involved electrical shocks while people try to fix malfunctioning electrical equipment at home. Some of these incidents have resulted in 2nd-degree burns.

Why is there a sudden surge?

The sudden increase in the home freak incidents is due to frustration, excitement, lack of availability of labour, anxiety and stress.

Were our homes safer before the lockdown?

While the increase in freak incidents is worrying, our homes weren’t safe even before the lockdown. According to the NCRB report 2018, residential fires accounted for 56 per cent of all the fire accidents.

What are the causes of residential fires?

Cooking fires – Unattended cooking, pans catching fire, hot oil catching fires.

Electrical equipment – Overloading of sockets, using heavy equipment in extension cords, frayed wires.

Smoking in bedrooms

Candles/ diyas or incense sticks

Children playing with fire

LPG gas bursts – It is one of the major causes of deaths due to accidental fires in India. According to NCRB report 2018, as many as 2672 people, of which 1967 were women, were killed in cooking gas explosions.

Apart from this, our modern homes have a lot of highly combustible materials like upholstery, decorative material and also electrical gadgets.

In India, most of the home fire accidents are caused by cooking fires and electrical short-circuit.

Here are some useful resources that could help prevent fires:

How to deal with burn injuries

Home fire safety checklist

A complete guide to electrical fire safety

LPG fire safety

Image source: Flickr

Burn wards memorandum: With Deputy CM of Karnataka
19
Feb

Memorandum to the Deputy Chief Minister – Burns wards

The Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister

Government Of Karnataka

Vidhana Soudha

Bengaluru,

Sir,

      Sub: Establishment of Burns Unit-Hospitals-Karnataka

Founded in the aftermath of the fire that broke out in the Carlton Towers Building, Domlur, Beyond Carlton is a registered public charitable trust whose objective is to advocate and promote a culture of fire safety in the country. As part of our first initiative, we successfully petitioned the Hon’ble Karnataka High Court in W.P. 39874/2013 for guidelines for enforcement of fire safety regulations in the state resulting in the issuance of the notification dated 07th of July, 2011 for inspection of buildings to monitor compliance of fire safety regulations. Subsequently, we have been actively organising lectures and programs on fire safety in the country and remain committed to the cause of addressing fire safety concerns to prevent loss of life due to fire incidents.

With that said, we are writing this letter to you to address an urgent and pressing gap in addressing the issue of death due to fire incidents, i.e., the establishment of burns units in government hospitals in the state. We have reliably learnt that the Central Government has formulated the National Programme for Prevention and Management of Burn Injuries (NPPMBI) for establishing burns units in government hospitals across the country and to this end, a budget of Rs. 450 crores was earmarked as part of the 12th five-year plan. We are also given to believe that while 75% of the cost of setting up such burns units in each state will be borne by the centre, the balance 25% of the cost will be born by the state. A copy of the NPPMBI is enclosed for your reference.

Upon further inquiry to determine the status of the implementation of the NPPMBI, we are heartened to note that in addition to 16 other states, Karnataka has also signed an MoU with the Centre to implement the noble objectives of the NPPMBI. The unfortunate reality remains that every 5th fire-related death in the world is that of an Indian. Often times the death due to fire incidents could have been avoided by ensuring access to focused and specialised healthcare services and skin banks for burn injuries. But due to lack of subsidized accessible healthcare services for burn injuries, recent fire incidents in the country have witnessed an alarming number of deaths that could have otherwise been prevented with timely intervention.

We, therefore, sought clarifications from the Central Government on the status of the NPPMBI and learnt that the utilisation certificate for the allocated budget of 450 crores to set up burns units have not been furnished yet. Furthermore, we also learnt that under the NPPMBI, only burns unit in Mysore Medical College and Hospital has been set up in the city of Mysuru. While we are pleased that Karnataka is one of the few states to set up a one of its kind skin bank, we are also acutely aware that a singular skin bank cannot address the healthcare needs of the entire state. In addition, we also appreciate and remain grateful for the burns unit set up in Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru and the one in Mysuru Medical College and Hospital. Though it is a step ahead in the right direction, you would appreciate that a burns unit is necessary in every district at government hospitals, if we are to ensure that every 5th fire-related death in the world is that of an Indian.

Your good self has an excellent background in the field of healthcare and the government, both at the state and the centre have inspired hope of dynamic and positive changes for the healthcare needs of ordinary common men and women of this country. Therefore, with the above background, we request you to kindly prepare a roadmap and a plan and undertake the following,

  1. Setting up a burns unit in every government hospital in the State of Karnataka and also direct that every private hospital in the state should have a dedicated burns unit to provide emergency care for burn injuries.

  1. Set up skin banks across the state of Karnataka to assist the treatment of serious burn injuries.

  1. Expedite the utilisation of the NPMMBI budget for setting up of burns units in the state.

  1. Formulate a training program for healthcare service providers to treat burn injuries and ensure the availability of such healthcare professionals trained for burn injuries across the State of Karnataka.

The Constitution of India guarantees to all of us, the right to bodily autonomy and bodily integrity as well as the right to health as part of the right to life and personal liberty under Article 21 of the Constitution. We believe that if our requests are acceded and the above infrastructure and resources are allocated for treating burn injuries, Karnataka would take a significant step forward in ensuring that people of this state can truly realise the benefits of these fundamental rights.

Beyond Carlton remains ready and willing to assist this government in implementing these programs, which we feel is imperative to prevent loss of life due to fire incidents. We, therefore, request you to kindly facilitate and expedite these reforms and do the needful and oblige.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully

Uday Vijayan

Managing Trustee & President

surat fire
5
Dec

Worst Fire Accidents In 2019

With leading globalization and leading urge to cater to all the human population at once, one can see how long we have come across just constructing buildings all over. The construction policies, government regulations and certain other international policies are to be followed, no matter what other things are compromised for. But in recent times, because of lack of space or cluttering to metros, people are taking up to violating these policies thus leading to fire hazards and prone to other more disasters.

There are many policies that stand tall and hard against fire accidents. Even when they are unpredictable, they still can be avoided. But there are many firms, agencies and even housing societies that do not follow the norms.

Here are the 8 worst fire accidents in India in the year 2019 so far:

1) 43 Killed in an Anaj Mandi in Delhi

Anaj Mandi Fire Delhi

On December 8, 2019, as many as 43 people were killed in a gruesome fire accident in Delhi. The fire was reportedly started in a 4-storey illegal factory unit in Anaj Mandi, Delhi. At least 50 labourers were reported to be sleeping in the cramped space. The illegal factory unit had no license to operate a factory and moreover there were no fire safety equipment. There were only two exits from the building of which one was blocked by stacking of materials. As there was a very small exit route, most of the labourers were trapped inside the burning building.

 

2) 23 Killed in Surat coaching centre fire accident 

 

surat fire

The Surat accident had everyone held uptight because of how it turned out to be in the end. May 24th, 2019 saw a very huge accident when a fire broke out because of human errors in the tuition classes in Surat. The tuition classes back then had a number of students coming up for their summer vacations classes. There were about 23 killed in the fire accident.

It all started with the wrong construction of the extra floor as the “pent” floor. There were tires that acted as the seats for the students. The major violation of National Building Code (NBC) guidelines, was to have constructed the extra floor which was not permitted. The disaster left all of India in shock. Many students died in the course of evacuation and rescue. It was gut-wrenching to see people falling down from the burning building. [Source]

3) 17 killed in Karol Bagh – February 12, 2019

 

Karol Bagh fire

Source: Times Of India

The February month of 2019 saw a massive fire on the fifth floor of the Arpit Palace, Karol Bhag, New Delhi. It was the late hours of the night when the fire broke out because of a short-circuit and resulted in the entire floor is on fire. The adjacent floor too eventually caught fire. There were families heading out for marriage the very next morning. Many people had to jump off the building for the sake of their lives. There were about 17 people who died in this accident and many more were injured.

The cause of the fire was clear to be a short-circuit. But what lied beneath all the fire was the fact that there were many regulatory policies that were not followed. The area was far beyond what they had been granted, and the fire extinguishers were out of gas. [Source]

4) 150 cars gutted in Aero India show fire and a similar incident in Chennai – February 23 & 24, 2019

 

aero india fire

Source: NDTV

During the annual Aero India show in the month of February, a massive fire broke out at the parking lot. almost 300 cars were gutted in the fire. According to the sources, the fire started from dry grass and spread rapidly due to strong winds. [1]

Similarly, a fire in a parking lot in Chennai gutted around 170 cars. According to the sources, the cars were parked by a private company over the last year. The fire is reportedly due from an overheated silencer in one of the parked cars which became uncontrollable due to strong winds. [2]

These two incidents led to a huge property loss. Sources: [1], [2]

 

5) 13 workers charred to death in a chemical explosion at Mumbai – August 13, 2019

 

chemical factory fire

Source: DNA India

A fire triggered by a leaking chemical barrel led to massive explosions in a chemical unit in Sirpur, Mumbai. The explosion happened at 9.45 am and at that time there were at least 100 employees. The fire chemical leakage triggered and due to the fire, there were serial blasts from the nitrogen cylinders. Source

6) 9 lives perished in a cloth godown fire accident in Delhi – December 23, 2019

kirari fire accident Delhi

Just a few weeks after the gruesome Anaj Mandi fire accident, Delhiites woke up to yet another horrendous fire accident in a cloth godown at Kirari area. The glaring violations such as no fire safety equipment, poor access and only one staircase, makes one wonder, how these godowns were allowed to operate. [source]

7) 5 killed in Pune Cloth Godown Fire – May 9, 2019

 

pune-fire

Source: India Today

A massive fire in a cloth godown in Pune killed 5 people who were the employees of Rajyog wholesale saree centre, Urli Devachi. The cause of the fire is unknown. The fire broke at the wee hours, the employees were asleep. They could not escape the fire as the godown was locked from outside.

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/5-dead-in-blaze-at-pune-cloth-godown/articleshow/69244856.cms

8) 5 Killed in Dibrugarh house fire, October 20, 2019.

 

Dibugarh house fire

Source: North East Today

A fire triggered by a burning candle kills 5 in a house at Dibrugarh. According to the reports, the incident took place at 1.30 am when the family was sleeping. The fire from the burning candle spread quickly as the house was made of combustible materials like wood, bamboo and tarpaulin, the fire caused an LPG blast. Also, the fire spread to the nearby houses. Source

In all these accidents, one can be very sure that fire safety awareness and sensitive approach to fire safety could have played a huge difference. Many of these incidents are mainly due to violation of fire safety laws and nonchalance which we always point out.

Notre dame paris
7
Nov

The lessons we can learn from more advanced nations on Fire safety:

The recent rise in fire accidents rings a sudden alarm for one and all to take care of themselves and the people around. There has been a hike by about 17% in the fire accidents as opposed to the last decade. Rapid urbanization is one of the reasons for this rise. With the increase in the demand for constructions of dwelling and commercial buildings almost everywhere, people are still having a hard time finding an area that they would want. Fraudulent practices have been on the rise because of a lot of reasons, but that is now costing us all human lives.

Given the prevailing laxity on fire safety, India is at greater risk from fires. Fire is the 3rd biggest risk for Indian businesses, according to FICCI Pinkerton Indian Risk Survey 2018.

FICCI India Risk Survey 2018

Source: FICCI India Risk Survey 2018

Lessons we can learn from developed nations:

There are many lessons we can learn from the already developed nations on fire safety. Here are some of the main things we could focus on:

1. Planned cities yield more security:

Planned cities, constructions yield a lot more security. Undesirable Illegal structures,  poor architecture and design can be avoided when the government takes up initiatives to just look at urban planning,, building by building in a city. The US ensures the policy of taking permissions very seriously and then planning up the rest of the city. The developing nations too should take this up seriously.

2. Taking responsibilities seriously with constructions:

Constructions need to abide by all of the policies and guidelines that exist with the nation, tas defined by the government authorities, Each officer taking responsibility to ensure more fire-safe buildings could lead to fire protected structures.

3. Using the latest equipment to curb fires:

Fire Equipment in the developed nations like the United Kingdom is advanced in the ways they operate. Technology has come a long way through in curbing even large spread fires, and buildings here should be equipped with the same. Even if it is not a part of the regulatory policy, people should build up a habit of installing the latest technology in their buildings and urge the fire authorities to upgrade their own learnings to fight against fire hazards.

4. Serious inspection:

Developed nations take inspection rather seriously. There is less corruption, political influence or any other sort of things that you might see in the developing nations. The driving force behind this is to not put people’s lives at risk just because there are some underlying benefits of one particular party/person. This is one thing the developing nations need to take rather seriously.

5. Building permits or certification should be renewed regularly:

The buildings grow old and structures fall incapable of a lot of things that they initially were capable of. That is the reason why there are building certifications in every nation, for every building. The developed nations take these permits seriously and even if there is one feature that doesn’t meet required standards and invites fire hazards, the building needs to be rectified or made unoccupiable

If we do not give importance to fire safety, every city in our country will become a tinderbox and we may lose many more lives and property to fire accidents

Burn Injury
11
Oct

What can you do when you get accidental burns?

Accidental burns are completely inevitable. You cannot anticipate it, and yet you need to learn and know what can be done in situations like these. Accidental burns can happen for a lot of reasons, but one thing still rules that you cannot just let the burns be. No matter what degree of burns they are, you can only give immediate help to the victim but not let that rest. Doctors must be consulted right after the accident and get the required assistance.

 

What do you do when you get accidental burns? Even if you are away from hospitals, there are certain basic things you can still carry on forward and make the pain of the victim a little lesser.

 

1. Driveaway the source of the fire:

The source of the fire should be immediately extinguished or driven away. You cannot do anything up until the source is away from the victim. Take the patient away from the fire and start with first calming down the patient.

 

2. Get hold of a blanket and wrap the patient in it:

Seal any door of oxygen inlet from the blanket to the patient. There should be no oxygen flow and completely cover the person up. The fire will eventually die down and the patient’s body temperature will stabilize a little. Now that the temperature has been brought to a level, you can take forward by soothing the burns on the skin.

 

3. Water helps in minor burns:

water in the burn injury

Throwing water or making the person stand under a flowing stream of water helps a lot only when the burns are not major. Major Burns will swell up excessively because of the temperature change and will result in some other things.

Take the patient to the doctor immediately and make sure the person is treated well.

What to do if it’s a water burn?

Liquid burns can be really tough to handle and can drive the person really tensed all across the floor. But water burns have a way of tackling with them:

1. Apply cool running water:

Not frozen water, but just cool water helps. Apply cool running water and make sure the source of boiling water is now way away from the person. Make the person stand below the flowing water and you will see sudden calm coming by the patient. The burn stops burning now.

2. Remove any jewellery or synthetic fibre that you might be wearing:

The fiber or the ornaments you are wearing might end up sticking up to the burn injury and slowly seeping in the skin. The skin now is very sensitive and all the pores are open. The fibres usually end up getting tangled with the injury-causing more pain and more aggravation.

3. Cover the wound:

The burn needs to be covered now with a bandage. But make sure the skin is not loose or is not greasy to attract cotton or the bandage material to get stuck with the skin layers.

Here are some quick tips that may help you while dealing with accidental burns:

1. Have a first aid kit since it is an inevitable accident and you may never know when you need it.
2. Call for help as soon as you see the accident.
3. Appy water for only 10-15 min and don’t waste much time for approaching medical assistance.
4. Cover the wound with a sterile non-adhesive bandage from first aid kit.
5. If it is major fire accident direct people (with a minor injury) to the emergency exit and the assembly point.
6. Conduct regular drills to know what can be done in accidental burns to make everyone aware.

Burn marks and accidents are very complicated to tackle with. There are different types of burn marks and different types of ways in which you can tackle each burn mark. The end line still remains the same- Consult a doctor nevertheless.

 

Life long battle of a Burn victim
17
Sep

The lifelong struggles of a burn survivor

Surviving a fire accident is not easy. The aftermath, the anxiety with life, the burn marks left with the body for the rest of the life and there are just so many issues to tackle with for a survivor. There is no guide for a survivor to abide by, no one to tell what to really feel. But it all starts with- you. You will be the starting point of anything that follows. If you don’t sort out things in your head, which admittedly would be tough, things will never fall in place. But the only thing that eventually matters is- you made it out alive.

There are no proper guidelines you need to stick to, but here are some things that might be of help to a survivor:

1. The new set of bodily challenges:

A burn survivor usually has a lot of burn marks, skin doesn’t feel right at places and there are places which still hurt. But the new set of challenges shouldn’t really make someone feel too low of them. There will be a new set of bodily challenges, there will be more of mental challenges to be handled with, but nothing should stop the unstoppable.

2. The mental state is important:

Any cure starts with someone being mentally ready to accept the cure. If someone just doesn’t want to start healing up on whatever happened, there’ nothing the doctor and the technology can do for them. It starts with being mentally active and readily acceptable; then moves forth to the rest of the challenges.

3. Accept whatever has been done with:

Withdrawal symptoms are real and people often get sucked into this. There will be many times when you start questioning yourself as “Why me?” But these thoughts will only mean that you will be sucked into the loop of self-destruction. Accepting whatever has happened is a way to figure what can be done next.

4. All the people won’t be harsh:

Not everyone’s going to stare at you when you go out, not everyone’s going to ask you what happened to your skin and how. It’s fine to go out more often and not explain anyone whatever you don’t feel like. No two people are the same and that explains why you should trust yourself and enjoy life as it comes. Sulking will only mean you will lose out on whatever you are left with.

5. Self-critique is not a good option:

Being a self-critique is never an option when it comes to sensitive situations like these. Being self-motivated is what helps the best. Self-critique turns up to be more of a burden on to the shoulders of the one having these troubles than of help.

6. Intimacy is not an issue:

A lot of burn survivors usually freak out on the idea of being intimate with someone else. But there are people who love others beyond their physical appearances. You are beautiful anyway, and intimacy will never be an issue.

You are not a burn victim, you are a survivor. Wear the badge like a pro and move on with the rest of the life. There will be many challenges thrown at you, but trust the process and your destiny- It’s going to settle.

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