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East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is issuing a warning to anyone planning to defrost their freezer quickly.
The warning comes after a man suffered injuries whilst helping his daughter with a touch of Spring-cleaning.
The man used a knife to scrape away thick ice in his freezer, but the point of the knife punctured its rear and released dangerous gases (Tetrafluoroethane).
His daughter made the emergency 999 call and both East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and paramedics were sent to the property in Saunders Park View, Brighton, yesterday afternoon (15th March) at 3.02pm.
Two crews from Brighton & Hove attended the incident and were there for around half an hour making the kitchen appliance safe.
Firefighters took the freezer out of the kitchen and left it in the open air to allow the gases to evaporate.
Watch Commander Richard Chamberlain said:
"We were told that if this gas were to get on the skin or in the eyes you need to seek medical attention, and if you inhale the gas you need oxygen therapy. It's safer than ammonia, which used to be used, but can still be potentially harmful.
"The gentleman's daughter rang up and said her father had punctured the pipe and the gas had sprayed on his face. Luckily he was wearing glasses, so he hadn't got any in his eyes. Instinctively, when he punctured the pipe he pulled away but we got him to wash his face and then the paramedics arrived, who checked him over.
"We would advise people to always follow manufacturer's guidelines, They usually supply a blunt scraper. Do not use anything sharp or scrape anywhere near the fridge pipes.
"Please take care with electrical appliances and always remember that fridges and freezers contain gas."Tweet