In some cases individuals present with burns and the alleged cause of the injury is given as an electrical or gas appliance, hot water or central heating system. In these types of cases we can assist by attending the scene, where the conditions reported can be recreated, temperature measurements carried out and the hypothesis tested. Alternatively portable appliances, such as irons and hair straighteners, can be examined in the laboratory. The information from these temperature measurements can be used by an appropriately qualified burns specialist to determine if the temperature produced could be sufficient to cause the burn(s).
Taking temperature readings from a radiator