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Three High School Students Burned When Chemistry Experiment Went Wrong

An accident at E.E. Smith High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina (NC), on October 25, 2011, sent three teens to area hospitals with burn injuries The advanced placement chemistry students had mixed and heated potassium nitrate and table sugar, and the mixture burst into flames. According to the Fayetteville Fire Department, other students were treated for injuries at the scene.

Accidents like this happen all the time.Here are some burn injury prevention tips:
  • Test shower and bath water temperatures with your hand.
  • Avoid using tablecloths with small children around. A child may pull on the corner of the tablecloth causing hot objects to fall.
  • Train children what to do when a house fire occurs.
  • Practice emergency exit strategies.
  • Keep children away from the stove when cooking with hot oil.
  • Keep pot handles turned inward on the stove top.
  • Test the temperature before eating.
  • Use a bottle warmer to warm infant formula.
  • Train children to stay away from lighters.

A burn injury victim may recover lost earnings, medical expenses, and emotional distress. A North Carolina personal injury attorney evaluates what causes a burn injury to hold the responsible parties accountable to a burn injury victim.


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