Every 85 seconds, a fire department responds to a home fire somewhere in the United States. Residential ﬁres destroy thousands of homes each year and leave devastated families searching for answers. In 2012 alone, 365,000 fires occurred in home structures resulting in 2,380 deaths and 12,875 civilian injuries.
What Causes a Home Fire?
There are many possible causes of residential fires. These causes may include:
- Faulty wiring
- Flammable furniture
- Faulty gas lines
- Defective appliances
- Faulty smoke detectors
- Faulty construction/Code violations
How can I Prevent a Home Fire?
Home fires can cause severe injuries, extensive property damage, and even death. You can minimize the risk of fire by following these tips:
- Inspect appliances
- Check electrical wiring
- Buy a fire extinguisher
- Supervise Children around open flames
- Monitor smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
- Keep flammable objects away from heat sources
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Have You Suffered Home Fire Damage or Injury?
All too often home fires are the result of negligence on behalf of a property owner, appliance manufacturer, or independent contractor. The negligence of a third party can also cause a fire to spread more quickly or even decrease your chances of a safe escape. When a residential fire is caused or escalated by the actions of a third party, a home fire victim may have a claim against the negligent party for his injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a home fire caused by the negligent or intentional actions of another, it is important to retain legal advice from an experienced fire injury attorney.