Fires are quite common in the United States. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), approximately 1,318,500 fires occur in the U.S. every year, claiming 3,655 lives and causing 15,200 injuries. One of the most common places for fires to start is in the home due to the prevalence of heat-producing appliances including ovens, stoves, radiators, irons, and more.
Learn more about home fires and how to prevent your family from experiencing one.
Home Fire Facts
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that residential fires across the country have increased by 8% since 2000. Many home fires have elements in common, including the following:
- Home fires increase during the winter, with December and January being the peak months.
- Home fires are more common on the weekend and between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM.
- Home fires are more likely to start in the kitchen than any other room.
- Home fires caused by smoking are the leading cause of death.
Reducing the Risk of Home Fires
There are several steps you and your family can take to reduce the risk of home fires, including the following:
- Install smoke alarms and test them regularly.
- Never keep flammable materials near stoves or ovens.
- Don’t leave cooking items unattended.
- Remove lint from your dryer after every use.
- Properly store flammable liquids.
- Dispose of frayed cords safely.
- Practice caution with candles.
Injured in a Home Fire? We’re Here to Help
Even if you take all of these precautionary measures, home fires may still happen. Many home fires happen due to faulty or improperly installed appliances. If you or someone you love has been injured in a home fire caused by a defective product, our Los Angeles product liability attorneys are here to help. We have a proven track record of success in such cases, and we’re here for you.
Call Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation at (866) 884-1717 to schedule a free consultation.