Chemical burns and how to prevent them

While we may not all be stockpiling liquid nitrogen in our homes, our families (especially children) are always at a very real risk of chemical burns.

From drain cleaner to acetone, there are a variety of household products that put our families at risk of chemical burns and the nasty side effects thereof. It is important to ensure that you know how to go about treating chemical burns just in case. Take a look at the following tips on how best to prevent, identify and react to a chemical burn:

Household safety

In order to ensure that your family is not at risk of chemical burns, it is important to ensure that all chemical products are stored safely. Chemical products should be stored in cool, dry spaces and should be elevated to ensure that they are out of the reach of children.

The following list of chemicals, commonly found around the home, can cause severe burns:

  • Drain cleaner,
  • Acetone,
  • Battery acid,
  • Bleach,
  • Products that contain ammonia,
  • Teeth whitening products, and
  • Pool cleaning products.

The symptoms of a chemical burn

If, in the event that your little one may have ingested a chemical, is it important to ensure that you are able to identify the chemical and the symptoms that follow. If your child is showing the following symptoms, he or she may have ingested a chemical:

  • Heart palpitations,
  • Nausea,
  • Headaches,
  • Shortness of breath,
  • Severe coughing,
  • Seizures and foaming,
  • Dizziness,
  • Muscle twitching.

In the case where you suspect ingestion of harsh chemicals, it is important to ensure that you either immediately call an ambulance or take your child (or family member) to the emergency room. Remember to make a note of the name of the ingested chemical.

Take note

Most chemical burns of the skin are treated first by rinsing the chemical off your body with a large amount of room temperature water, but not all chemical burns should be treated this way. It is important to treat the burn correctly to avoid further complications. For more information, call the Poisons Information Centre number on 0861 555 777 (24 hours).

If you are searching for ways in which to manage household emergencies – from pest infestations to chemical burns – be sure to download the MiWay Household Emergencies Handbook today!

Reliable home insurance is the best way in which to keep your home protected. However, it is important to remember that, regardless of your policy, home insurance can do little to protect your family in the event of a chemical accident.

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