Fall and winter can mean an increased risk of fires and burns, especially with holiday decorations and heating during winter nights. Burns are a common cause of Deerfield Beach accidental deaths. Burns can also be very painful and can lead to permanent injury, scarring, and mobility issues. Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to prevent this common type of Deerfield Beach personal injury:
1) Be extra cautious with candles. Many people use candles at this time of year for scent or as a decoration for the holidays. However, candles are a common cause of injuries and fire. They can be especially dangerous in households where pets or children can get close to the flame. If you decide to include candles as part of your décor, keep them lit only in rooms where you can provide close supervision. Keep the candles on a non-flammable surface and ensure that there are no drapes or decorations close to the candle.
2) Check your fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Ideally, have wired fire detectors as well as battery-operated smoke detectors that provide a back-up system. Have at least two detectors on every floor, including a detector near or in every bedroom in your home. Run regular tests on the alarms and replace batteries as needed. In addition to smoke detectors, ensure that you have working carbon monoxide detectors as well as fire extinguishers to provide extra safety for your family.
3) Put away barbeques, fire pits, and other signs of summer safely. If you decide to store your fire pits, propane, and grills for the autumn, ensure that you do so safely. Ensure that they are stowed where children cannot easily reach them and ensure that propane tanks are not in the garage or home.
4) Have fireplaces professionally cleaned. A roaring fire is beautiful and festive during the holidays, but if you have not been using your fireplace regularly it can be a Deerfield Beach burn injury hazard. Soot and other dirt can get trapped in the chimney and can ignite when the fire is lit again. Make sure to have your fireplace and chimney cleaned professionally before lighting your fireplace for the holidays.
5) Check your furnace or heating system. Fuel-burning furnaces can emit carbon monoxide and can also pose a fire hazard. Having your heating system inspected and maintained regularly makes your system more efficient and also helps catch any potentially dangerous issues.
6) Check cables and extension cords. Any cords that are frayed or worn should be replaced immediately, as they are a fire hazard. It is also important not to overuse extension cords, as they can also pose a risk. If you are hanging up decorations and need some extension cords, use the minimum number you need and opt for longer cords rather than stringing multiple cords together.
7) Review your fire escape plan. Even if you are very aware about fire safety, accidents can happen. To prevent a fatality or serious injury, make sure that everyone in your household knows how to get outside the house safely in the event of a fire.
8) Lock away corrosive chemicals, matches, and lighters. At this time of year, you may be looking forward to seeing more children in your home for the holidays. Even if you do not usually need to think about safety, you may need to secure any flammable chemicals and lighters and matches from young guests.
If you are injured in Deerfield Beach and believe that your injury may have been caused by negligence or recklessness, contact the Flaxman Law Group today to arrange for a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your case with a personal injury attorney.