What do you think of when you think of whipped cream? Strawberry shortcake or an ice cream sundae maybe? I just had to read the article that talked about a woman in France who was killed when a whipped cream dispenser exploded.
The woman’s name is Rebecca Burger and she is well known in France with more than 50,000 Facebook fans and more than 150,000 people following her on Instagram. BBC News carried the story:
A whipped cream dispenser works by injecting gas into a metal container, keeping the entire dispenser under high pressure.
A warning against the faulty dispensers was posted to her Instagram account, saying it had “exploded and struck Rebecca’s chest, causing her death”.
French media reported she had died of cardiac arrest after the incident, despite medical attention.
As it turns out, this is not an isolated incident …
One French consumer group has warned readers for years about faulty connectors on the gas capsules, causing them to break and expel at high speed.
The injuries caused range from broken teeth and tinnitus to multiple fractures and, in one case, the loss of an eye.
In 2013, one victim of an exploding cream dispenser told RTL radio: “I had six broken ribs, and my sternum was broken. At the hospital, I was told that if the shock and blast had been facing the heart, I would be dead now.”
I would have to guess this is pretty low probability, but you might want to check and see if there is a manufacturers recall on any dispenser you may own. Especially if you bought it before 2015.
Article via: www.bbc.com