Warn­ing on aerosols

Tablelands Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

A FE­MALE teen in Mareeba has sus­tained burns to her face and arms af­ter at­tempt­ing to light a fire with an aerosol can and a lighter on Tues­day night.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred about 8.40pm on the Kennedy High­way.

Mareeba Queens­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice (QAS) re­sponded to a call and trans­ported the fe­male to Mareeba Hospi­tal in a sta­ble con­di­tion.

Mareeba QAS of­fi­cer-in­charge Gavin Rablin said she sus­tained su­per­fi­cial burns af­ter try­ing to light a fire.

“Us­ing an aerosol can and a lighter has caused su­per­fi­cial burns to her arms and face re­quir­ing treat­ment,” he said.

“The risk of us­ing aerosol cans is once you have enough heat in the can it can ex­plode.

“She was just lucky that the can didn’t’ ex­plode as it could have caused sig­nif­i­cant in­juries such as sig­nif­i­cant burns or shrap­nel to be em­bed­ded in her body.”

Mr Rablin said aerosol cans are highly flammable and can eas­ily ex­plode so it is good to re­mem­ber to use the cor­rect tools.

He has asked the com­mu­nity to take care when light­ing a fire and to not use an aerosol can to do so.

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