Each year around 3,400 people are killed in house fires, which are the third most common cause of accidental deaths at home. Deaths and burn injuries from fires are usually due to the negligence of someone else, and could have been avoided. To help you protect your loved ones from burn injuries, here are four ways you can prevent a house fire:
- Always be alert while cooking: Many times burn injuries occur during cooking and getting burned at the stove because you were distracted. Since cooking leads to many house fires, it’s important to never leave a pot or pan unattended on your stove top. If you do need to leave the kitchen, turn down the heat before stepping away.
- Leave room around your space heater: Another common way fire-related injuries occur is from space heaters. Many times curtains, sheets or clothes will be too close to the space heater and will catch on fire. Try to have three feet of clear space around your space heater to prevent any fires in your home.
- Don’t smoke in your home: Smoking is not only bad for your health, but is also one of the most common ways that fires start in homes. They commonly occur because smokers forget their smoldering cigarettes on couches or tables, and then catch on fire. Try to smoke only outside your home to prevent smoking-related fires.
- Watch your candles: Many times house fires occur because candles are forgotten and catch other things on fire. Whenever you leave a room, remember to put out the candle before you step out of the room. The best way to prevent these fires is to try to use battery operated candles.
Fires can occur anywhere at anytime, usually because someone was not being responsible. If you or a loved one were a victim of burn injuries or death from a fire, you deserve compensation. Contact the burn injury lawyers at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.