KUMJ | VOL. 14 | NO. 2 | ISSUE 54 | APR-JUN. 2016

Pressure Cooker - A Potential Hazard in Domestic Setting
Atreya A, Kanchan T, Nepal S

Pressure cooker is an integral part of Asian kitchen, and is frequently used in Nepal. Steam under pressure generated while cooking has high boiling point and great penetrating power. The use of pressure cooker in kitchen is associated with unintentional injuries that mostly include pressure cooker burns. In rare instances the pressure cooker may accidently explode and may cause serious injuries. The same mechanism is used in making explosive device for mass homicides. An unusual case of penetrating facial injury sustained in a pressure cooker explosion in a domestic setting is reported along with a brief review of literature on pressure cooker explosions.
Keyword : Domestic accidents, explosion, facial injury, foreign body, Nepal, pressure cooker.