When burns occur – and they happen all too often – prompt response can alleviate pain and help prevent greater damage. Superior response frequently involves the use of Water-Jel first aid products.
Water-Jel, available from IBT Safety is a water-based, water-soluble gel that draws the heat out of a burn while it relieves the pain, cools the skin, and protects against airborne contamination.
By applying Water-Jel as soon as possible, the heat of the burn is dissipated. The application also helps prevent the heat from progression deeper into the skin. The gel consists of 96% water and has the same cooling effects as water, but because it is thick, it stays on the burn and doesn’t evaporate. Water-Jel also contains a small amount of the natural extract Melaleuca Alternifolia, better known as Tea Tree. This has anti-bacterial activity to help prevent infection. Water-Jel also contains thickening agents and preservatives to maintain the gels’ viscosity, efficacy and give it a 5-year shelf life.
A burn is damage to the skin and underlying tissue caused by heat, chemicals or electricity. Burns damage or destroy the skin cells. Deeper burns may involve the fat, muscle or bone. Scalds result from the destruction of one or more layers of the skin due to contact with hot liquids or steam. The temperature to which the skin is exposed and the length of time the skin is exposed to the burning substance determine the depth of injury. Burns range in severity-superficial or first degree; partial or second degree; and full thickness or third degree.
Treat a Burn Quickly:
- Remove source of flame, heat and/ or cause of burn. For major burns Water-Jel Fire Blankets put the fire out, extinguishing flames and smoldering clothes
- Immediately cool the burn – early cooling slows or stops the thermal insult. Using water-based first aidÂ gel products stops the burn progression, relieves pain, and reduces risk of infection.
- Cover the burn – reduce risk of contamination. For superficial and partial thickness burns, use a Water-Jel Dressing to cool and cover. It is a gel-soaked, sterile medical-grade pad. The gel is water-based, water-soluble and works to cool the burn – not the patient. It is a benign gel that will not irritate eyes, nose, mouth or mucous membranes.
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
- Do not apply ice, petroleum or oil-based ointments.
As a safety precaution, keep Water-Jel first aid products nearby in case of an accident.
Burn Safety on the Job
Burns occur in areas where there is high heat, hot liquids, electricity and chemicals.
Small area or minor burns are commonly caused by welding sparks, hot liquid splashes, hot tools, chemical splashes and small flames.
These burn injuries occur frequently and can be treated quickly and effectively with Water-Jel Burn Jel, Cool Jel and small Water-Jel Burn Dressings.
Large area or serious burns occur in areas with risk of large spills, fire or explosion, high temperature environments, hot metal, hot liquid, hot equipment, flame, oil, gas, and / or chemicals. These burns occur less frequently but there is a severe threat of long-term effects or disability.
Therefore it is important to have Water-Jel Blankets and Dressings on hand in first aid kitsÂ to effectively care for these severe and potentially life-threatening injuries.
Burns occur at construction sites in many of the same ways they occur at manufacturing facilities. Often, water supplies are limited and transportation time to a medical facility may be longer so the availability of Water-Jel is even more important.
Burns occur from use of warehouse equipment such as wrapping machines, heat-sealing machines, glue guns, packaging machines as well as in the lunch room.
Home – Burns that occur at home often need additional care at the workplace. These burns occur from stoves, microwaves, hot water, irons, steam, hair curling irons and dryers, etc.
Kitchens and Lunchrooms
- Burns occur among the kitchen staff in the lunchroom or cafeteria.
- Small area or minor burns: ovens, grills, stoves, deep fryers, microwaves.
- Large area or serious burns: deep fryers, hot soup/liquid, gas ovens, gas stoves, gas grills.
As a general safety precaution, keep WATER-JEL first aid products nearby in case of an accident.
Burn Safety on Your Own Time
Grilling in the Back Yard
- Follow manufacturers’ directions when using grills
- Use only commercial starting fluid to light charcoals. Never use gasoline or other flammable liquids.
- Never add starter fluid to hot coals. They could catch fire and explode.
- Thoroughly extinguish hot coals before disposal.
- Supervise children at all times when grills are in use.
- Establish a three-foot “Keep Away Zone” for children around grills.
- Do not wear loose-fitting clothing. Tie or pin up long hair.
- When camping out and a fireplace is not available, build campfires in a cleared area.
- Adult supervision is especially important when children toast foods over the fire.
- Flaming marshmallows could ignite hair or clothing.
- Keep a supply of water or an extinguisher within easy reach.
- Store firewood at a safe distance.
- Do not leave burning campfire unattended.
- Make sure coals are thoroughly extinguished before disposal.
When Using Gas-Powered Mowers and Tools
- Fuel mowers and tools outdoors.
- Move mower or tool away from fueling area before starting engine.
- Let engine cool before refueling.
- Don’t add fuel near an open flame.
- Don’t smoke while adding fuel.
- Keep children away when fueling or using gas-powered equipment.
- Store gasoline only in a tightly closed UL-approved can, out of reach of children.
- Don’t store gasoline inside your home, even in a safety can.
- Supervise children when they use gas-powered mowers or tools.
- To help prevent shocks, all electric mowers and trimmers should use three-wire cords connected to ground fault interrupter-protected (GFIP) circuits.
- Keep cords clear of cutting edges on tools.
- Never use electrical tools or appliances in or around water.