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Hot melt glue burns

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Claire Loughheed (ClaireLoughheed)
Tue, 22 Dec 1998 10:03:44 -0500


Years ago when I worked as a propsmaker at the Stratford Festival I gave
myself one of the worst burns of my life--rolled a knuckle into a pool of
hot melt glue I had just laid down on a piece of foam to make fake
chocolates! People started yelling at me to pop the burned area into my
mouth. I did and the heat dissipated almost at once. Yes, it's
off-putting, but it does mean that the burn is far less severe because your
mouth is used to absorbing heat. It's a good trick but one that no child
will follow when they have just burned themselves with glue. If you're
planning on using it, explain why this works before you get out the glue
guns! Another trick is to make all the kids using a hot melt gun to wear
acrylic stretchy gloves. It doesn't prevent all the possible burns, but
makes a huge difference to the number that occur.

Claire Loughheed
Assistant Director of Education
Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury St.
Worcester, MA 01609
ph: (508) 799-4406, ext. 3058
fax: (508) 798-5646
e-mail: claireloughheed


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