Let's say and oxy-acetylene neutral flame is aimed at me at close
If the fire is aimed at the middle of my forehead, how long will the
pain last? How long will it take to lose consciousness [from direct
thermal injury to brain]? How long to die from thermal brain injury?
If the fire is aimed at the middle of my chest, how long will it take
for the flames to burn into my heart? How long to become unconscious -
due to brain anoxia from heat-induced cardiac failure? How long to die
from thermal heart injury?
Please don't be disturbed by my questions. I have no applications in
them. I am just in it for the science.
The only thing I can tell you about an oxy/acet flame is that if one is
waved past your elbow, in direct contact, but just VERY briefly, you'll
receive a burn that will take one hell of a long time to heal.
If I am not the only one concerned by this post then there are some sick
people out there. As to the "scientific" side of the issue, there are dozens
of variables to consider such as distance to target from end of flame, exact
flame temp, thickness of flesh at point of "impact" as it were, age of
subject, fitness of subject (in regards to the heart failure), and so on.
But unless you are the next Hitler, I would be concerned either way as to
why you would ask such a question.
" Everyone is entitled to be stupid but you're abusing the privilege."
I am interested in cases where thermal-burns [without associated non-
thermal injuries (such as smoke inhalation or blast injury)] -- caused
only by direct open contact with charless, ashless, sootless, ember-
less, smokeless, non-toxic, non-explosive flames [but no heat source
other than the flames] -- did not cause any significant suffering in
the otherwise-healthy victim [who also does not develop post-burn
infection], despite the victim being fully-conscious, awake, & alert
and not having any medical conditions that would eliminate or decrease
perception of pain.
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