Burn injuries are dangerous. In fact, burn injuries are one of the leading causes of death in the United States, according to the American Burn Associate (ABA). Even though most patients who enter the hospital with burn injuries end up being released and going home, they can still be life-threatening injuries. That’s why it’s important to understand where most burn injuries occur so that fewer incidences might happen.
When you’ve experienced a burn injury that was caused by someone else’s negligence, then you could use the help of a burn injury lawyer from DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC. Our experienced attorneys will fight for your rights and get you the compensation you deserve for the damages that you suffered.
Where Burn Injuries Happen
Fires can happen anywhere, but there are some places where they’re more likely to happen than others. According to the ABA, these are the places and the respective percentage where fires cause the most burn injuries:
- Homes: 73%
- Work: 8%
- Streets and Cars: 5%
- Recreational Sports: 5%
- Other: 9%
The American Red Cross reports that the room in the house where a fire is most likely to start is in the kitchen. The second most likely place in a home where a fire could start are rooms with wood stoves or fireplaces. Outside of the home is also at risk for catching fire, especially if someone is smoking outside. Lit cigarettes can easily ignite garages and house when they are flicked too closely to a building.
Sometimes when cars are in collisions, or if they break down, they could start a fire. These are especially dangerous because a car catching fire could put the car at risk of exploding.
In the other category, fires can happen outdoors as well. Forest fires and camping accidents can be dangerous when you’re spending time outdoors, so it’s important to be vigilant and always put out your campfire before going to sleep.
Unfortunately, children under 5 years old and people over 65 years old are the most likely to be severely injured or die in a house fire. That’s why it’s important to know how to prevent fires and what to do if you find yourself in a situation where your house or another place is on fire. Let’s take a look at some tips to help you and your family.
Tips for Preventing and Handling Fires
House fires are dangerous, but there are ways that you can prevent them from happening. Here are some of the ways that you can protect yourself and your family from fires, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home.
- Change the batteries in your smoke alarms once a year.
- Evaluate your home floor plan to find two possible exits from every room, windows can be included.
- Practice exiting the home through the emergency exits.
- Designate a place where your family would meet outside the home in the event of a fire.
- If the smoke alarm goes off, always treat it as if it’s real—don’t assume it’s a test or mishap.
- In the event of a fire, call the fire department as soon as you’re outside and give them your address and any information about people trapped inside.
- Never go back inside if there’s a fire—even if someone or a pet is trapped inside. The firefighters will work on getting them out safely once they arrive.
A fire can’t always be prevented, which is why it’s important to have smoke alarms so that your family can remain safe and be alerted immediately about the danger. Make sure to check your smoke alarms often to ensure that they’re working and have fresh batteries. That could be the difference between getting out safe and suffering from a burn injury.
Contact DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC
When you’ve been in a fire and suffered from burn injuries that weren’t your fault, then you likely want to recover financial compensation for the costs that you’ve incurred from your injuries and any other damages. At DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, our burn injury lawyer will fully investigate what happened to cause your burns and determine who was at fault so that you can get the compensation that you deserve.
We’ll fight to defend your rights and ensure you are represented in your claim. Reach out to our office today so we can get started helping you right away.