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Practicing California Fire Safety to Avoid Burn Injuries

By Kelly Balamuth on June 27, 2012

Burn injuries remain a significant source of harm to Californians. The National Fire Prevention Association estimates that about 3,000 people each year are killed in home fires, and that another 200,000 need hospital treatment for their burns. Serious burn injuries must be treated in specialized burn units, and treatment is often expensive as well as prolonged and painful.

San Francisco Fireworks Accident BurnIn 2009, according to the California State Fire Marshal, about 10,113 home fires occurred in the state. 319 people were injured and 59 people lost their lives due to fires.

Home fires can result from many sources. Accidents or carelessness around hot or fire-containing objects, like stoves, space heaters, lighters, or matches, are one source of household fires. Defective products can also cause fires if wiring shorts out or they overheat.

In the summer, however, the most common source of accidental household fires and the most common source of burn injuries are fireworks accidents. Even fireworks approved for home use and used according to their instructions can cause serious injuries. For instance, some hand-held sparklers reach a temperature of 1000 degrees Fahrenheit while burning. Children are especially vulnerable to fireworks injuries because they may be fascinated by the light and colors, but fail to understand the danger.

Burn injuries can be extremely painful and cause permanent injuries or even death. At Balamuth Law, our trained Northern California burn injury lawyer understand the unique factors involved both in the causes of burn injuries and in the healing process. To talk to us about your burn injury and learn more about your legal rights, call us today at (888) 254-1234 for a free case evaluation.

Attorney Kelly Balamuth was profiled in the
September 2013 Issue of Plaintiff Magazine.

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