Seven Common Causes Of Fires And Burn-Related Injuries

According to the most recent statistics reported by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were nearly 1.3 million reported fires in the U.S. during 2014 alone ― meaning a fire department had to respond to a fire every 24 seconds.

Sadly, while these numbers are certainly tragic, they are not surprising, especially when you consider that we are constantly surrounded by a great many fire hazards, both at home and at work. With diligence and proper education, however, you can help identify these risks and reduce the likelihood of fires and their resulting injuries. With that in mind, here are seven common causes of fires you should be aware of:

  • Defective or poorly maintained furnaces/heating units: You should always make sure that your heating system is properly serviced on a regular basis. In addition, be very careful when using electrical or oil-filled space heaters, especially since many of these products have been found to be defective, and therefore a significant fire risk.
  • Faulty wiring: Whether your electrical system has a faulty component or your electrician incorrectly wired your lights and outlets, electrical issues are a major cause of fires both in residential and commercial buildings.
  • Cooking: The kitchen is one of the most common places where fires break out in the home. In fact, a fire can easily occur when you leave something on the stove unattended, even if you are only gone for a second. In addition, defective kitchen appliances have also been known to contribute to otherwise preventable fires.
  • Candles: Just like when you are cooking, you should never leave a candle unattended. Whenever you leave the room, you should always blow out any lit candles.
  • Smoking: How many times have we heard stories about a building burning down after someone fell asleep with a lit cigarette? What is most frustrating about this particular fire hazard is that these fires still occur despite the fact that they are so easy to prevent.
  • Flammable liquids: Whether you are at work or home, you may be surprised by just how many flammable liquids are around, including paints, fuels, solvents and cleaning agents, just to name a few. While a fire is likely when these liquids get near an open flame, an explosion is also possible.
  • Christmas trees: Every holiday season, countless trees are set ablaze by defective and/or extremely hot Christmas lights. To prevent these fires, you should make sure your tree is properly watered and always turn the lights off if you are not going to be around.

Where Do Most Burn Injuries Occur?
According to the 2016 Fire in the United States report issued by the U.S. Fire Administration — part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ― an alarming 78 percent of all fire-related injuries occur in the home. This is just one of many surprising statistics related to burn injuries.

Have You Suffered A Burn Injury? Help Is Available.

If your burn injury is serious, you need immediate medical attention. In fact, if the burn is severe enough ― such as a bad thermal burn or a third-degree burn ― you may require extensive skin grafting and years of medical treatment.

Fortunately, help may be available in the form of a legal claim. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to seek compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wages and other losses, particularly if the fire was caused by a defective product or someone's negligent and/or malicious acts. To learn what legal options may be available, you need to talk to an experienced burn injury lawyer right away.

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