Utilities worker climbs a telephone pole on a sunny dayWATER-JEL was the first company to introduce the water-based gel technology that revolutionized emergency first aid for burns 25 years ago. Since then, we have developed a comprehensive line of first aid products that has set the industry standard for quality.

Utility workers are at high risk for electrical and thermal burns, generally to the head, hands and upper extremities. A more serious burn injury can result from an arc flash. With at least 2000 degrees of heat, the arc flash hits like a wave of energy and can ignite a worker’s clothing. Fortunately, the NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace has raised the level of awareness for electrical safety and prompted the investment in fire-rated clothing. Nevertheless, it is critical to have Water-Jel products on hand that could provide emergency burn treatment to areas of exposed skin.

New Jersey’s largest utility, Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), is a strong supporter of WATER-JEL. Numerous other utility companies around the world specify Water-Jel Burn Kits, Fire Blankets and Facial Dressings for their onboard emergency first aid kits.

“I was burned with steam over 30% of my body. I was wrapped in a Water-Jel fire wrap and airlifted ashore to a burn center. As soon as the fire wrap was applied to me, I felt relief from the intense pain.”

Michael T. O'Brien
Operator Tech
Westbrook Energy Center
Calpine Corp.
Westbrook, ME


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