Preventing Home Fires and Burn Injuries

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Mar 22, 2016 3:29:36 PM

More than 2,500 people die and 12,600 are injured in home fires in the U.S. each year. Likewise, home fires result in an estimated $7.3 billion in direct property loss annually, according to the Ready campaign created by The Department of Homeland Security and The Federal Emergency Management Agency.

A residence can be engulfed in flames in just a few minutes and become life threatening to everyone inside. Families can protect themselves by understanding the urgency of a fire and how to be prepared, should one occur in the home.

preventing_home_fires.pngEscape Plans

Having a plan ahead of time helps people to quickly escape from the building. Every room should have two ways outside in case the primary way is ever blocked by fire or smoke. A secondary route could be a window with a collapsible ladder or access to the roof. Further, all windows, screens and security bars should open easily from the inside. Family members should be able to feel their way out of the house in the dark, and parents should teach children not to hide from firefighters.

Smoke Alarms

A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm can alert people to a fire at all hours of the day. Both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual sensor smoke alarms should be installed in every level of the home, and the batteries should be tested monthly.

When a Defective Product Causes a Fire

Federal regulations have been established to protect people from being burned by electronic items and flammable clothing, bedding and other household products. Despite these regulations, defective and dangerous products continue to be sold. If one of these items ignites unexpectedly in the home, a deadly fire can quickly spread. Tragically, these fires are 100 percent preventable, as are the devastating deaths and injuries that result.

Contact our firm for assistance if you or a loved one was injured in a household fire. Our highly skilled attorneys can investigate your situation and determine if a defective product may be to blame.

 

Topics: Product Liability, Personal Injury, Burn Injuries, Fire Injuries

Getting Justice for Bedding Fire Injuries and Deaths

Posted by Anapol Weiss on Feb 17, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Federal regulations have been established to protect consumers from being killed or severely burned by highly flammable clothing and household items. Tragically, hundreds of thousands of home fires continue to occur in the U.S. each year after items such as mattresses and bedding ignite. The victims, unfortunately, are often young children.

bedding_fire.jpgThe Flammable Fabrics Act was passed in 1953 to regulate the manufacture of highly flammable clothing. The Act’s coverage was expanded in 1967 to include paper, plastic, foam and other materials used in clothing and interior furnishings. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is responsible for enforcing the Flammable Fabrics Act and issuing mandatory flammability standards.

The CPSC approved a federal standard to reduce the severity of mattress fires in July 2007. Under this mandatory federal rule, mattress sets must meet a performance standard. “Consumers who purchase a new mattress that meets this standard will add an important layer of fire safety protection to their home," said CPSC Chairman Hal Stratton. "Lives will be saved as a result of this standard, as it requires new mattresses to limit the spread and intensity of a mattress fire, which will give people more time to escape from their residence."

Despite these regulations, the number of annual bedding-related fires is staggering. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has estimated that between 2005 and 2009, an average of 10,260 home fires per year involved a mattress or bedding that ignited first. As a result of these fires, an annual average of 371 people died and 1,340 were injured..

Product defects that fail to meet government regulations can put families in serious danger in the event of a fire. When mattresses, mattress pads and/or bedding items do not meet federal flammability standards, they can quickly become consumed in flames and trap victims in a deadly fire. The outcomes are often devastating.

Contact our firm for assistance if you or a loved one was injured in a household fire. Unfortunately, nothing can change what happened, but our experienced attorneys can investigate your situation and determine if a defective product may be to blame.

Topics: Personal Injury, Burn Injuries, Fire Injuries

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