Category Archives: Fire and Burn Injuries

Sometimes Dessert Can Be Dangerous – Four Injured at Florida Restaurant – Dessert Caught Fire

Eating out is typically an enjoyable time spent with friends or family. However, a dining experience in a Palm Harbor, Florida, restaurant was not so enjoyable for four diners who were burned by bananas foster. In fact, one woman sustained severe personal injuries. According to officials with Palm Harbor Fire Rescue, the 151 alcohol that is poured into the dessert ignited during a Saturday night outing and onto four customers. One victim was a 25-year-old woman who was taken to a nearby hospital after she sustained first- and second-degree burns. Another victim, a 56-year-old woman was also transported to a … Continue reading

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Safety Tips for Swimming Pool Parties and Backyard Cookouts and BBQs

Summer time is here which means it is a popular time for Jacksonville and North Florida families to plan backyard barbecues and pool parties. As such, many people in Florida and nationwide will end up taking unexpected trips to the ER; nearly half of all unintentional child injury related deaths occur in June, July and August. Underwriter Laboratories (UL) is an independent non-profit global safety organization that is urging families to make backyard safety a priority this summer. Following are a few unsettling statistics: -Each summer an estimated 2.7 million children visit the ER due to injuries around the pool … Continue reading

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Household Safety Tips to Avoid Fires in the Home

National Burn Awareness Week just ended Saturday, February 12. During this time, emergency officials urged homeowners to use the event to prevent fire-related injuries. Focus was especially put on those families with children. According to Ken Murphy, FEMA Regional Administrator, children under the age of 5-years-old account for 52% of all child fire-related deaths. During the winter months the rate of house fires tend to spike, placing children and toddlers at an even greater risk, Murphy also mentioned. FEMA reports that fires personally injure approximately 18,300 Americans annually, of that amount 3,500 are fatal. Children 14-years-old and younger make of … Continue reading

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Deadly Condo Fire Reported in Orlando (Orange County) Florida

Orlando officials are investigating a fire that killed one person and sent two other victims to the hospital. The fire broke out at Harbor Beach Condominiums in Orange County, Florida near Lake Margaret Drive. Of the two victims treatedin the hospital, one was treated for smoke inhalation and the other for a psychological condition. Officials are not releasing the identity of the female victim who died in the fire until autopsy results are released. The woman, who was the the bedroom of her second-story apartment, is claimed to be drunk and asleep at the time the fire ignited. The woman’s … Continue reading

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Jacksonville Florida Home Fires – Dangers to Children and Families

In Jacksonville, Florida and surrounding areas, 3 dozen fires in the past 3 weeks have been reported. These fires have caused families to be displaced from their homes all over the Northeast Florida region. Most recently, a family of 11 was displaced from their home after it burned down. Luckily one of the eight children smelled smoke in time to alert the family and everyone escaped to safety. The American Red Cross is assisting the family. In the Westside area of Jacksonville, Florida, a kitchen fire inflicted personal injuries onto a young boy. Also, in the Riverside area, a house … Continue reading

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Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning – 5 Reported Dead in Florida Motel Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Incident

Five teenage males were found dead in a South Florida hotel, the teenagers were reported to have died by carbon monoxide poisoning. The bodies were identified as Juchen C. Martial, 19; Peterson Nazon, 17; Jonas Antenor, 17; Jean Pierre Ferdinand, 16; and Evans Charles, 19. The five men were described as very close friends and all lived within blocks of each other in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood. According to police, the boys purchased the hotel room so they could celebrate Juchen Martial’s nineteenth birthday. Friends of the teens told police the car had engine trouble in the past, therefore, they … Continue reading

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Citra Florida House Fire Leads to Death of 5 Children – Investigation Initiated Following Tragedy

In Citra, Florida, it was reported that five children recently died in a house fire of a small wooden home. The incident is being investigated by the Florida State Fire Marshall’s Office. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time but possible causes of the fire may include cigarettes, a space heater and other items. Now that the cold or cooler weather has returned to many parts of Florida – the risk or dangers of fire increase with the use of space heaters and fire places. It was reported that there was a smoke alarm in place but … Continue reading

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Power Line Electrocution Ends Life of Good Samaritan (David Katterhenry)

A Good Samaritan from Jacksonville, Florida was tragically killed by electric shock after he touched power lines that had been downed by a motorist the Good Samaritan was trying to help. The motorist was a 19-year-old woman. The accident occurred during the morning when the woman swerved to miss a deer causing her to strike a power pole, splitting the pole in half. The power pole was carrying more than 14,400 volts of electricity. The Good Samaritan, identified as David Katterhenry, 52, stopped to help the motorist and was electrocuted as he approached the vehicle. Katterhenry’s girlfriend was a passenger … Continue reading

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