Boy's clothes ignited by a gas heater

Energy type: 
LPG
 
Event summary: 
A newspaper clipping service reported a young boy had been badly burned when his clothes were ignited by a gas heater. The boy suffered burns to about 35 percent of his body, including his upper body and face. His recovery is expected to take at least three months.
 
Accident ID: 
160720-04
 
Accident date: 
15 July 2016
 
Site: 
Domestic
 
Environment: 
Building
 
Voltage: 
1
 
Equipment: 
Space heater cabinet heater
 
Accident type: 
Fire and explosion
 
Casualty: 
Non-fatality
 
Injury: 
Burn
 
Property damage level: 
No property damage
 
Outcome of investigation: 

Energy Safety understands the boy poked his t-shirt into the cabinet heater to see if the cloth would melt. The t-shirt ignited and set fire to the boy. The cause of the accident was misuse of a gas appliance.