Not all homes are adequately protected from the risk of fire. Each year, 25,000 people are injured and 4,000 die in fires in the United States. While many people may think that burns are the most common injuries from fires, heat and smoke are actually just as dangerous. Hot air can scorch the lungs, and the toxic gases produced by fire can block access to oxygen and can cause asphyxiation.
To protect yourself and your family, it is important to take precautionary steps to reduce the risk of fire, including:
- Install and maintain your smoke alarms. The risk of a fire fatality is reduced by half when you have properly-working smoke alarms installed in your home.
- Use caution with heating sources. Keep heaters at least three feet away from flammable materials, and have your heaters inspected each year.
- Maintain your electrical wires. Do not overload your extension cords, and inspect wires for frayed or exposed wires.
- Properly extinguish cigarettes and candles and keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
Sadly, faulty appliances are often the cause of devastating fires and subsequent losses. By checking your smoke alarms twice a year and keeping your electrical appliances in good condition, you may be able to dramatically reduce the risk of fire in your home.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a fire, the compassionate Delaware injury attorneys at Morris James Personal Injury Group can help you determine the true cause of the fire and take action against the party responsible for your losses. To learn more, contact our offices today to speak with a qualified lawyer about your situation.