The possibility of being injured or killed in a residential fire is a scary
thought for anyone. Unfortunately, it's also a common risk: about
13,000 people are hurt in home fires in the U.S. each year, according
to MSN, and about 3,000 people are killed. Around 270 fires occur in apartments
every day in the country.
Those most at risk of being injured or killed in a home fire are children
and the elderly, since they have the least chance of being able to escape
easily on their own. The Centers for Disease Control report that every
day in the U.S., more than 300 children are seen in emergency rooms for
burns. Sadly, at least two children die from burn-related injuries every day.
The risk of apartment fires
Recently an explosion in a California apartment complex resulted in a father
being hospitalized with severe burns, according to KGET. The fire department
believes the explosion was accidental, but the fact remains that property
owners have a responsibility to maintain standards of safety to protect
t's the law in all Connecticut jurisdictions for landlords to provide
working smoke detectors, but some property managers don't always pay
attention to this requirement.
There are several common types of fires, or complications related to fires,
that an apartment tenant may not have any control over:
- Electrical fires that are not easily prevented or detected
- Other renters cooking, smoking or allowing children access to the stove
- Insufficient exits - at least two exits from the building are recommended,
including bedroom windows
In addition to residential fires, scalding is another major cause of burn
injury. In fact, scalding is the most common type of burn for children
to suffer, according to the Mayo Clinic. It's recommended to check
the hot water thermostat and adjust it to a safe temperature for children;
however, the temperature of the hot water heater is another danger that
many renters don't have any control over.
Getting legal help after a burn injury
Some types of burns heal completely, but the most severe burns - from both
fires and scalding water - can cause lifelong scarring, disability and
long-term medical treatments. Skin grafts and other specialized treatment
for severe burns will usually result in thousands of dollars in medical
bills, some of which might not be fully covered by insurance.
If you've been impacted by an apartment fire or scalding, a personal
injury attorney with experience dealing with burn-related injuries can help.