Pressure cookers are one of the most frequently utilized cooking utensils in the United States, with nearly one-fifth of households using them, according to the Spartan Medical Research Journal (SMRJ).
Though today’s pressure cookers come with numerous safety features, the superheated steam they produce can cause terrible burns and other injuries.
If you were severely burned, run your injury under cool water and have it treated at your nearest hospital emergency room as soon as possible. Here are more ways to treat a burn from a pressure cooker.
Pressure cookers produce boiling hot water vapor and can cause scald-related injuries called thermal burns. A boiling or even hot liquid can also cause a scald burn. Further, about 35% of all burn injuries admitted to burn centers in the United States are scald burns, according to the American Burn Association (ABA).
Steam scalds from pressure cookers and other appliances can happen in any age group; however, some age groups are more at risk. These include:
The superheated water molecules in steam can instantly scald your exposed body anywhere, including your:
Pressure cookers work by trapping steam and using 15 pounds per square inch (psi) to increase your water’s boiling point to about 250 degrees Fahrenheit. To unlock the appliance’s lid, you must first release this accumulated pressure by pressing a button.
The button releases hot steam through a small vent. You could experience a scald burn if you or a loved one’s face, hands, or arms touch the steam.
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Burns from pressure cookers are typically classified by the involvement of each skin layer and the extent to which each suffered damage.
The following are steps to treat a burn from a pressure cooker:
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Call for emergency medical assistance if the area burned is greater than 9% of your body. You or your loved one will need to be transported to a burn center by ambulance.
To determine if the injury takes up 9% of your body, the burn will be approximately equal to your:
In addition, call 911 if your entire foot, hand, or genitalia was burned or if you or a loved one becomes short of breath following the steam injury. When steam gets into your airway, it can trigger swelling in the throat long after the injury has happened.
Also, avoid applying salves, ointments, or cream to the scald wound.
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When purchasing a new pressure cooker, make sure you buy one tested and certified by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). UL certification reduces manufacturer error and ensures that the product meets industry standards.
If you plan to use your pressure cooker frequently, consider buying a model that comes with a built-in timer. Timers allow you to set the desired cooking time without constantly checking on the process.
Additionally, timers can be programmed to automatically turn off the cooker once the cooking cycle is complete.
Additional pressure cooker safety tips:
Though modern pressure cookers are touted as safe, burn injuries still happen. If you think your burns were caused due to manufacturer negligence, you might be able to file a personal injury claim.
To file a pressure cooker explosion lawsuit, you will have to demonstrate something wrong with the way the product was designed or manufactured. For instance, this might involve showing that the product had a history of similar accidents, was unreasonably dangerous, or lacked adequate warnings and caused your injuries.
A product liability specialist at Zanes Law Injury Lawyers will analyze your case and decide if you have a claim for compensation for your burn injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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