According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010 someone died in a fire every 169 minutes, and someone was injured every 30 minutes. Fire Injuries can occur in many different setting including residential, commercial and industrial areas. Serious fires often lead to burns and permanent scaring, destruction of property and possibly death. Determining the cause of a fire can be very difficult and requires immediate and experienced investigation. Typically, experts are used in order to determine the cause of the fire and further how it could have possible been prevented.
Fires can begin in a variety of circumstances including but not limited to defective smoke detectors, faulty wiring in a house or commercial space, defective propane tanks leading to leaks, negligent care of electric or gas utilities by a landlord, or improperly designed gasoline tanks on a vehicle.
Ways to Prevent Fire Injuries from occurring in your home:
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention advises the public to never leave cooking food unattended on the stove, to never smoke inside your home, to keep space heaters more than three feet away from anything that can catch on fire, like draperies, to install smoke alarms on every floor of your home and to make an escape plan in the event of a fire.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured from fire injuries, contact the personal injury lawyers in NYC at Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson to discuss what rights you may have.