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Seattle, Washington – Three Workers Sustain Burn Injuries When Gas Leak Catches on Fire

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Posted on October 15, 2019

Seattle, Washington (October 11, 2019) – Three Puget Sound Energy workers sustained burn injuries after a fire broke out during a gas leak incident in the 10300 block of Midvale Avenue North on Friday morning. All three were taken to the hospital for treatment, with two of the injured later released. The third worker is listed in satisfactory condition. No other injuries were reported in the incident.

Crews responded to the scene around 10:30 a.m. According to the report, a construction crew’s excavator caused the leak when it struck the gas main. Residents in the area were evacuated. It is not yet known what caused the gas to ignite, but crews eventually shut down the gas flow and the flames were extinguished around noon. Utility is investigating the cause of the fire, and crews are continuing to monitor air samples in the area.

About Burn Injuries

According to information from the World Health Organization, burn injuries are caused when cells in the skin or other tissues are destroyed, usually through heat, or by contact with radiation, radioactivity, electricity, friction or chemicals. Regardless of the cause, burn injuries are painful, and in severe cases can lead to other complications or even death. Children and women are said to be more susceptible to burns, especially in cases of house fires. In spite of these grim statistics, it is important to keep in mind that burns are also preventable.

The first and most important step in preventing burns is to assess the area for dangers and try to lower the hazard. For example, most burns happen in kitchens due to the number of hazards in the area, such as fires from cooking stoves or the presence of hot liquids while cooking. By ensuring that cooking equipment is in good quality and using caution around hot liquids, one can prevent burns from happening. When it comes to children, guardians should take care to supervise their actions, especially if they are playing with dangerous items such as fireworks. While preventing burn injuries simply comes down to being cautious, one should also know what to do in case of burn injuries. First aid for burn injuries consists of pouring cool water over the burn (provided it’s not an open wound) and wrapping the injury in a clean cloth before transporting the victim to a medical facility for treatment. Having the knowledge to deal with burns can help ensure not only one’s safety but also the safety of others.