It’s Las Vegas Fire Prevention Week from October 4 to October 10, 2020. Every year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) tries to raise awareness of the dangers posed by fires and the simple things people can do in order to avoid burn injuries. According to the National Safety Council (NSC) there were 3,655 civilian deaths and 15,200 injuries in 2018. In many cases, these tragedies could have been averted through proper safety practices.
By knowing the conditions that can lead to fires and learning how to prevent them, you can keep your family safe from burn injuries. To help you understand the different causes of fires and what you can do to prevent them, Lerner and Rowe has put together a Las Vegas Fire Prevention Week guide.
Why Do Las Vegas Fires Happen?
Fires can happen for a wide variety of reasons. Some are caused by freak accidents, while others are caused by highly avoidable circumstances. Fire causes include:
- Flammable substances left near open flames
- Neglected appliances, power cords, or outlets leading to electrical fires
- Chemical spills
- Stoves or ranges being unattended
- Improper use of barbecue grills
- Dried leaves and wood
- Lint buildup in a clothes dryer
- Defective products
In many cases, fires caused by the above can be easily avoided through proper care and maintenance, as well as common sense. It’s easy to forget simple tasks, such as clearing out the lint filter of a clothes dryer so that the heating element doesn’t light it on fire. However, those simple things can help you avoid a big accident.
Las Vegas Fire Prevention Tips
As mentioned in the previous section, there are many simple things that you can do that will greatly lower your chances of starting a fire. They include:
- Never leaving the stove or range unattended
- Properly storing combustible liquids
- Having an adult monitor a barbecue grill, fire pit, or other open flame
- Inspecting outlets, power cords, and electrical appliances regularly
- Disposing of dried leaves and fallen branches properly
These are basic tasks that are sometimes taken for granted. By using a few seconds to check for potential fire hazards, you can provide tremendous protection from a catastrophic injury and thousands of dollars in personal property damage. For more in-depth information on Las Vegas fire prevention safety precautions, please check out our home fire prevention guide.
Contact a Burn Injury Lawyer
Lerner and Rowe hopes that you use the information above to keep you and your family safe from burn injuries. Unfortunately, some fires happen due to a dangerous product or another party’s negligence. In those cases, our team of compassionate and experienced attorneys can help you attain maximum compensation for your injuries. Burns can be traumatic and difficult to cope with. Let our skilled attorneys take care of your legal needs so that you can rest and heal.
You can contact Lerner and Rowe 24/7. Our representatives are available by phone at 702-877-1500. Our staff can also be reached through the Internet via LiveChat and you can submit your case information through secure online form. Consultations are free and we do not collect any fees unless your case is won.