Burn Injury

Understanding Propane Grill Safety

By Cullan & Cullan on January 16, 2013 - Comments off

No matter how careful those who use propane grills are, accidents can happen. Some of these accidents could have been prevented with knowledge. Unfortunately, some are unavoidable because the grill itself may have been manufactured with a defective part. The Nebraska personal injury attorneys at Cullan & Cullan, LLC know how important it is to be safe around potentially dangerous products. They also understand that sometimes the product itself is to blame for injuries that may occur.

The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in Washington, DC has, through its Office of Information and Public Affairs, released the following gas grill safety checks:

  • Make certain the hoses and tubing have no sharp bends.
  • Hoses need to be located far away from hot grease drippings and hot surfaces. Some gas grills have heat shields installed to protect hoses.
  • Use a wire to periodically clear the tubes leading to the burners. Read the rest »

Seasonal Safety in Nebraska: Fire Prevention Tips for the Holiday Season

By Cullan & Cullan on November 27, 2012 - Comments off

NE Holiday Fire AccidentWith the recently celebrated Thanksgiving holiday, Nebraskans are undoubtedly looking forward to celebrating the remainder of the holiday season, which includes shopping for gifts, festive holiday parties, and holiday decorations. Adorning your home, inside and out, with seasonal decorations is one of the most fun things to do during the holidays, but if not done with safety in mind, it can create unsafe hazards for you and your family.

Courtesy of the Queens Gazette, the following are safety tips for decorating your home this holiday season to help prevent a dangerous fire:

  • Make sure to extinguish any open flames, such as candles, before leaving any room. Matches and candles should also be kept away from children, as well as out of reach.
  • Check decorative lights for frayed wires before using them, and use only “UL” (Underwriters Laboratory) or “FM” (Factory Mutual) approved lights. Read the rest »

Celebrate Safely This Summer in Nebraska with Fireworks Safety Tips

By Cullan & Cullan on June 12, 2012 - Comments off

The beautiful Nebraska summer bring a number of opportunities to celebrate with friends and family, and fireworks are always a mainstay at this season’s celebrations. Though all fireworks provide an array of visual delights, one of the most popular to use year-round are sparklers. These inexpensive, hand-held fireworks that provide a miniature light show are fun for people of all ages, but if not handled properly, they may cause serious injuries. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that 16 percent of all fireworks-related injuries are caused by sparklers burning hands and legs, with the majority of injuries happening to children.

As June is National Fireworks Safety Month, Intercare.org offers these safety tips for Nebraskans who may make sparklers a part of their seasonal celebrations:

  1. If you have little ones, sparklers should only be used by children under close adult supervision to avoid a child injury accident. Show children how to hold sparklers away from their body at arm’s length, and teach them to not wave sparklers or run with them. Those looking after children should not hold a child in their arms while using a sparkler. Read the rest »

National Burn Awareness Week Aims to Prevent Child Burn Injuries

By Cullan & Cullan on February 10, 2012 - Comments off

National Burn Awareness Week, February 5-11, seeks to increase awareness about fire and burn injuries and educate the public on how to prevent them. Fire departments across the country are focusing this year on children’s increased risk of burn injuries in order to keep them protected. Annually, an estimated 465 children ages 14 and under die due to burn-related injuries or unintentional fires, with children three and under at the greatest risk, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In addition, the most common cause of hospitalization to kids five-years-old and younger is scald burns caused by hot liquid. Hot tap water accounts for nearly one in four of all scald burns among children, and is also associated with more deaths and hospitalizations than any other hot liquid burn. To protect little ones from a dangerous burn injury, officials offer these five safety tips: Read the rest »

What is a Scald Burn Injury?

By Cullan & Cullan on January 4, 2012 - Comments off

Nebraska Scald AccidentA scald burn injury, which is caused by hot liquids or steam, is the most common burn-related injury for young children. Hot liquids are the leading cause of burn injuries for children under the age of four, and liquids such as coffee, tea, hot tap water, and soup can all be hot enough to cause a serious burn injuries. Typically, microwave use is often associated with scald and steam burns. Scald and burn accidents can often occur when parents or caregivers are in a hurry, angry, or stressed, and therefore are not exercising caution when handling hot liquids around young children.

Burn injuries are recognized as some of the more painful and devastating injuries a person may endure, particularly for young children as their delicate skin burns more quickly than an adult skin. Thus, in order to prevent your child from suffering a dangerous scald burn injury, the following is a list of tips to adhere to when your young child is near: Read the rest »