Teen Suffers Serious Burns On Removing Radiator Cap From Hot Car

by Harish Kumar | 15/07/2019
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A teenager seriously burnt his arm from boiling coolant when he tried to open the radiator cap while the engine was still hot

It is commonly known that people should not undo the radiator cap when the car engine is still hot. However, one 19-year-old teenager from West Sussex did just that and heavily scalded his arm when the scalding coolant liquid blasted out.

Teen burns himself when he is trying to open the radiator cap when the engine's hot | Makabeidi

Jamie Palferman, 19, was filmed trying to remove the radiator cap of his BMW 3-Series by a green cloth as the radiator fizzed by the heat. After 8 seconds of the video, the cap was suddenly blasted with a jet of boiling steam and liquid that made him suffer from severe burn onto his right forearm. Weirdly, Palferman was screaming while laughter was heard somewhere in the background. Probably, these young boys were trying to make something fun but it's rather painful instead.

Palfreman was then treated in the hospital for his burn injuries and got his bandage. Interestingly, the video on this accident has crashed over 1.9 million views on social networks.

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What To Do When The Engine’s Overheating

For at least once in your driving life, you might probably see the temperature warning light and sound is on or the steam is sending from your car’s bonnet. For such cases, it is advisable that you should pull over your vehicle to a safe place, turn off the engine and ask the passengers to stay far from the car as soon as possible.

Open the hood from the inside if possible to avoid scalding yourself when touching the bonnet and leave it there for at least 30 mins for the engine to cool down. Do not remove the radiator cap as it may be pressurized and blast out with boiling substances.

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When the engine has cooled down, unscrew the cap slowly with your hand heavily protected by some cloth or any proper equipment and check the coolant tank to find the problem. If the tank is empty, it could run out of coolant fluids or has a leak so kindly observe the underbody of the car for any sign of leakage. Top up the tank with coolant or mix it with warm water. Remember, do not pour straightly cold water into a sizzling radiator since this could lead to some serious damage to the engine.

In case the coolant tank is full, the problem might be at the mechanical front, which will require a professional check. You can call the roadside assistance team for further help.

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