Propane gas dangers and strategies for prevention of injuries

E. Clyde Smoot, William Hickerson

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Abstract

Although the overall incidence of thermal injuries continues to decrease, the incidence of certain types of burns is alarmingly high. Approximately 3000 propane fires and explosions are reported yearly. More than 9% of these cases result in bodily injury, and the mortality rate is more than 7% of the injured. Most of the accidents are felt to be the result of a lack of knowledge among the general public in regard to the use of liquid petroleum (LP) gas, which is a low-cost and widely used fuel source. A series of accidents that resulted in several injuries in the midsouth area heightened our awareness of the problems associated with LP-gas storage, transportation, and use. A review of the incidence of use and injury, warning systems, product liability status, and prevention strategies are reported to help educate health care providers and increase public awareness of the problems associated with propane gas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-279
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996
Externally publishedYes

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Propane
Gases
Petroleum
Wounds and Injuries
Accidents
Incidence
Explosions
Burns
Health Personnel
Hot Temperature
Costs and Cost Analysis
Mortality

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Nursing(all)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)

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Propane gas dangers and strategies for prevention of injuries. / Smoot, E. Clyde; Hickerson, William.

In: Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation, Vol. 17, No. 3, 01.01.1996, p. 273-279.

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