You May Be Surprised By These Burn Injury Statistics And How Common Burn Injuries Can Be

Fires are dangerous, plain and simple. Not only do they destroy homes and other property, but they can also cause severe injuries ― and sometimes death. In fact, every year, tens of thousands of people are injured, and thousands more killed, in fires throughout the U.S.

According to the 2016 Fire in the United States report issued by the U.S. Fire Administration ― part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ― an alarming 2,855 people were killed in fires in 2013 alone. Sadly, this is but one of a long list of frightening statistics outlined in this report, including:

  • With 231 deaths, California led the nation in fire-related fatalities in 2013.
  • Fire-related death rates in the U.S. are 1.5 to 2.5 times higher than in most "sister" nations.
  • Seventy-eight percent of all fire-related injuries occur in homes/residential properties.
  • Electrical malfunctions, heating issues, appliances and equipment failure cause nearly one-third of all residential fires that result in injury.
  • In 2013, children younger than 15 accounted for 11 percent of all fire-related injuries and 9 percent of all fire deaths.
  • Children 4 and younger face an increased risk of fire-related death when compare to children of other ages.

Take Action To Protect Yourself And Your Family

While it is impossible to guarantee that a fire will never occur in your home ― particularly given the many defective space heaters and household appliances that regularly cause fires ― there are several steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of injury to yourself and your family should a fire occur, including:

  • Install fire alarms throughout your home, including alarms on every floor and in/near every bedroom.
  • Make sure your fire alarms are maintained and working properly, which may involve switching out the batteries from time to time.
  • Create an escape plan so your family knows where to go should a fire break out.
  • Inspect your appliances, or hire someone to do it, to make sure they are in good working order, including space heaters, furnaces and hot water heaters.

Unfortunately, however, no amount of planning can eliminate all burn-related injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered, you need to speak with a burn injury lawyer you can trust. You need to speak with SHOOP | A PROFESSIONAL LAW CORPORATION.

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