Burn injuries are often very severe and can be fatal. For those that survive, the scars last a lifetime.
The leading cause of home fires and burn injuries is cooking. Fire related deaths are also caused by smoking materials, such as cigarettes.
There are also many burn injuries caused by carelessness of children. Hair curlers, curling irons, room heaters, ovens and ranges, irons, gasoline and fireworks are all common causes for burn injuries for children under the age of 14.
Although the majority of homes in the United States have smoke detectors, only three-quarters of the homes smoke detectors actually work.
Since eight out of ten deaths by fire occur at home, it’s important to protect your family from burn injuries. Here are five quick tips to keep your family safe.
1. Don’t leave your cooking unattended. Losing track of something on the stove can quickly turn into a large fire. If you have to leave the room, turn off the burners.
2. Check your heating equipment every winter. Inspect and service your central heating equipment and chimney by professionals. Keep space heaters a safe distance from objects like sheets or curtains.
3. Don’t smoke indoors. Losing track of smoldering cigarettes can easily turn into a fire if it comes into contact with a flammable surface. Also, to make sure cigarettes are extinguished, douse with water before throwing them away.
4. Check your electrical cords around the house. Frayed or cracked cords can shoot sparks. Replace any worn out cords and make sure not to overload circuits.
5. Don’t leave candles unattended. Consider using battery operated candles. Never leave a room where an open flame is burning.
Although burn injuries most often occur at home, they can also be a result of an automobile accident or a work injury. At Ray Hodge and Associates, we have experience handling burn injuries. Burn injuries require an attorney familiar with the rules related to fire safety and the long term emotional and physical injury that can be caused by severe burns.
If you have had a burn injury that was not your fault and need medical treatment, you need an experienced professional who can help you get back on the road to recover. Call us today at 316-269-1414 or visit our contact page here. Our Kansas personal injury attorneys will provide you a free initial consultation and if we take your case you don’t pay a dime unless we recover money for you. Even then we only take a percentage of the total amount of your recovery.
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