A Beginner’s Guide to Burns - Fire Disaster
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Table of Contents
Immediate Dangers of Fire
Knowing More about Burns
How to Prevent Fires in the House
Local Anesthetics for Burn Pain
Skin grafting and surgery
Complications Related to Burns
Safety tips for Building Fires Outdoors
Putting out the Fire
Where can you Get Kindling?
Physical and Mental Trauma – What Does a Fire Victim Go through
For millenniums, man has always been subject to natural calamities and disasters, like earthquakes, cyclones, floods and other catastrophes and upheavals, which have caused a lot of damage to lives and property. Out of these disasters, fire is one catastrophe, which has had a lasting effect on the economy and social aspect of an affected area, down the centuries.
Fire disasters can be local, or they can be national. The great fire of 1666, destroyed a major part of London. Many ancient civilizations also talk about fires which destroyed cities, towns, and even countries. Most of them were man-made, especially the aftermath of war, or civil disturbances. Others came in the wake of natural disasters like earthquakes, typhoons and tsunamis.
“A burnt child dreads the fire” is an age old idiom. Down the ages, human beings taught their children, that though fire was a necessary part and parcel of their day to day fabric, it was the thing to be created with care. While it provided light and warmth, it could also provide death and instruction, when it was not kept under control.
This is the reason why fire along with other natural agencies was worshiped as a god, in all the ancient civilizations all over the world. It had to be fed sacrifices in ancient times, and the God of fire placated to leave human beings alone, and not visit his wrath upon them, their families and their properties. An ancient Roman prayer went something like this to the gods – Oh, Almighty powerful Gods on my head the power of sword and fire. But protect thou my wife and children. Protect thou my lands.
As sword and fire were two of the dreaded shadows under which the ancient lived, one can see how much the power of the fire was feared. No wonder people have instinctively down the centuries been apprehensive of this major force of nature, which brings in its wake disaster, death, and instruction, wherever it goes.