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J Emerg Med. 1994 May-Jun;12(3):325-30.

Model rocket engine burn injuries: the need for stricter regulation.

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Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville.

Abstract

During the 18-year period from 1975 to 1992, the Consumer Product Safety Commission's National Electronic Injury Surveillance System database received reports of 18 burn injuries caused by model rocketry sets and their engines. Children in the age range of 11 to 15 years, who frequently use the products inappropriately, are the pediatric population most at risk. Unfortunately, current regulations do not impose age restrictions on the purchase or use of these products; consequently, the industry sets its own age limits. The current regulations appear to be inadequate and need to be altered to cover the population at risk. Specific recommendations include imposing an adequate age limit and improving the labelling of these products. Two case reports are presented that exemplify the typical burn injuries sustained from model rocket engine accidents.

PMID:
8040589
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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