Warning on aerosols
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.