Fire accidents are a serious threat to anyone and everyone who enters a building, worksite or other structure. They can be caused by a number of factors, but they all require the same three basic ingredients to start and keep burning: heat, fuel and oxygen.
A fire accident may cause a wide range of injuries, including burns, respiratory problems, eye damage, and even death. A fire can also cause significant property damage and loss of revenue, as well as business interruption if the premises are closed for repairs.
Some of the most common causes of fires are improper maintenance, improper storage and use of hazardous materials, carelessness or negligence, and arson. These types of incidents should be addressed as soon as possible by the employer or other authorities and proper steps taken to avoid future issues.
Appliances and Equipment: Most workplace fires are caused by faulty electrical equipment or appliances that are poorly maintained. Examples include computer or other electronic devices, heating apparatus like space heaters, torches and burners, soldering or welding gear, and clothes washers and dryers.
Cars: Vehicle fires occur more frequently than other types of fire accidents and they can be devastating. They can cause serious injury or death if not properly handled and evacuated.
Smoke Inhalation: The air inside a burning building is extremely toxic and can cause severe lung injury. The most important thing to do is to get out as quickly as you can, as smoke and poisonous gases can harm more people than the actual flames themselves.
The second step is to locate an escape route, away from buildings, trees, power lines and roadways. If the building has a designated assembly area, you should go there and remain there until instructed by emergency personnel that it is safe to return.
Leaving Your Home: If you have to leave your house because of a fire, make sure all the doors are locked. Do not allow any children or pets to stay in the house. Call 911 and tell the dispatcher that there is a fire.
Do not go back in to your house, no matter how much you want to. You will be trapped and may not be able to escape safely.
If you can’t get out, try to find a window or another exit in the building. If there is no window, then crawl as low as possible and move toward the closest escape route.
Be prepared for other hazards associated with fires, such as carbon monoxide. This poisonous gas is often a by-product of burning and can be fatal in high concentrations.
A fire accident can cause serious personal injury, including traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injuries. These injuries can lead to permanent and lifelong disability. They can also affect mental health and quality of life.
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe injury as a result of a fire accident, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. An experienced attorney can investigate the accident and determine who is responsible for your damages. This will help you determine the best course of action to pursue a claim for your losses.