Scientists have developed a wide range of chemicals that many of us use every day, often without thinking about the potential dangers. However, direct or prolonged contact with some chemicals can cause serious burn injuries. It is very important to be aware of the potential dangers in your home or workplace and to know how to avoid them.
Most chemical burns occur in the workplace. If you or someone you know suffered a chemical burn due to a defective container or other negligent act, you may have grounds for receiving compensation. Contact the Clearwater burn injury lawyers of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, P.L.L.C. En Español.
Causes of Chemical Burns
While we often think of acids being the source of all chemical burns, this is not true. In fact, chemical burns may be more likely when our skin comes in contact with strong bases. Any corrosive chemical, regardless of its status as an acid or a base, is potentially hazardous, and you should exercise caution when using them.
Some of the most common chemical burns are caused by everyday products like:
- Drain opener
- Toilet bowl cleaner
- Metal cleaners and polishers
- Swimming pool chlorine
We may not think of these chemicals as dangerous, but they can all easily cause severe injuries. If your skin or eyes do come into contact with any corrosive chemical or if you accidentally ingest one, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Common Cleaning Products
With so many common cleaning products on the market, it can be easy to overlook the everyday dangers these products can pose. Many of these products make use of very powerful cleaning chemicals which can become dangerous if misused.
The classic example of a dangerous cleaning product mistake is combining multiple cleaning products. The powerful chemicals in these products can react with one another to release toxic gases or even explode. In addition, using the wrong product on the wrong surface can lead to reactions. Many cleaning products can cause irritation and even injury to exposed skin unless precautions are taken. And, of course, they should never be ingested.
Due to the incredible variety of cleaning products, however, it’s nearly impossible to list exactly what combinations to avoid. For that reason, you should never under any circumstances combine cleaning products. There are some products that do require combining part A with part B, but these will always be clearly labeled and often sold together.
Chemical burns may have a long-lasting effect on your health. If you or your loved one was injured by exposure to a chemical, the lawyers of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, P.L.L.C. may be able to help you. Contact us at 727-441-9030 to learn more about fighting for financial compensation for your injuries.