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Old 07-25-2011, 07:43 PM   #1
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Man Burned When Radiator Explodes

Man Burned When Radiator Explodes

Victim Working On RV When He Was Injured

Omaha News Story - KETV Omaha
POSTED: 10:43 pm CDT July 24, 2011
UPDATED: 9:13 am CDT July 25, 2011




WEEPING WATER, Neb. -- Investigators said a radiator on a recreational vehicle exploded and seriously injured a man Sunday night.

Read more: Man Burned When Radiator Explodes - Omaha News Story - KETV Omaha
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That happened to my father. Pulled into a service station (remember those?) right off the freeway. The attendant opened the cap as my father stood off to the side, the fan sprayed the superheated coolant all over my father. Didn't even make the newspapers back then, now it's a major event!
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Old 07-25-2011, 08:22 PM   #3
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Interesting story, THE HOSE BLEW ON THE RV HE WAS DRIVING. Did he have the dog house off or is the author illiterate. Judging that he said the radiator explodes and it turns out a hose blew, Im thinking things are not real tight up there in Weeping Springs. Too bad the poor fellow got burned.
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Old 07-25-2011, 11:42 PM   #4
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It's like most of today's reporting. Either they want to exaggerate for increased drama or they simply don't have a clue what really happen so they just make their best guess.
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It's like most of today's reporting. Either they want to exaggerate for increased drama or they simply don't have a clue what really happen so they just make their best guess.

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Old 07-26-2011, 09:39 AM   #6
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Technically he was scalded, not burned. "Burned" involves temperatures way above those that occur with hot liquids, typically open flames or red-hot things. Still mighty unpleasant though.
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Happened to my brother as well, Second degree burns of his arms.

Almost happened to me however I was aware of the danger and when I popped the cap I moved, I knew I was going to have to move so all I got was a few drops, Burn level was about 1/4 of 1 degree (that is some slight discomfort, no discoloration of skin) think "hot shower" level. Actually the chemical content of the coolant was naster than the heat at that point.. But back then.. I could M*O*V*E when I had to.

Today.. I'd not wish to attempt to open a hot radiator.
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I've opened many hot radiators over the time, I just installed a safety cap with a pressure relief valve in the top that allows me to bleed off the pressure and fluid under the cap into the overflow bottle before removing it.

What is confusing me is, how did he get hit? Did his dog house blow off? Was he driving without the engine cover on?
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As I recall from reading the post: He was working on the engine.. I think it popped the cap and did not know that when you do that you need to take serious precautions.

he knows now.
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The article says it popped a hose in the engine while he was driving it. No mention of cap comming off.

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The article says it popped a hose in the engine while he was driving it. No mention of cap comming off.

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Which begs the question, how did he even get sprayed, the engine and the driver are usually isolated from one another, the only way I can see it happening is that he had his dog house cover off.
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Exactly what Chuck 1935 said in post #3 above.

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Enough confusion in that article to make me thing it must be FAUX news, Well it is even if it isn't.

The headline says "Working on RV' the body says "Driving" wonder which it was.

From the description of the burns... Mighty tough to be driving and have it happen that way.
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