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Dutch Burns Foundation sounds the gong for safe barbecuing


The Dutch Burns Foundation sounds the gong to call attention to the dangers of flammable liquids when barbecuing. The summer months of June, July and August are dedicated to safe barbecuing.

Beautiful weather unfortunately means busy times in the three Dutch Burn Centers in Groningen, Rotterdam and Beverwijk. Flammable liquids such as alcohol, bio-ethanol and white-spirit are used to light up barbecues and fire pits. What many people do not know is that the gas cloud is the most dangerous. When you open a bottle of flammable liquid, a gas cloud arises. This gas cloud lingers in the air. If one spark of fire comes in the gas cloud, it creates a dangerous fire. The consequences are severe: someone gets caught by the flash fire, catches fire and is marked for life.

Yearly, more than 750 people are hospitalized in a Dutch burn center for a lenghty period of time. 15.4% of the sustained injuries are related to flammable liquids. The Dutch Burns Foundation warns that the only way to light up your barbecue safely is with firelighters. The Dutch burn centers and the Dutch Burns Foundation together strive for zero barbecue victims. 

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