When homes in Pennsylvania are subject to fires or explosions, the resulting losses are sometimes difficult to come to terms with. Not only can loved ones and family pets perish in the blaze, but irreplaceable items with great sentimental value may be lost forever. Even if all family members escape a fire without injury, the following weeks and months can be extremely challenging. If you have experienced a house fire, your budget may be stretched to breaking point by the need to replace numerous items at one time. You may also be forced to deal with the upheaval of living in temporary accommodation if the damage to your home was severe.
Many people believe that all smoke detectors are created equal. In many ways, they are, but it's not entirely true. Most smoke detectors do just that; they monitor for smoke in the home. But did you know that there is a lot more to keeping your home safe from fire than simply being alerted that there is smoke in your house? Today, we would like to talk about what to look for in a smoke detector, the differences in various types of smoke detectors, and how to keep you and your family safe by choosing the best smoke detector out there. Because if your smoke detector fails, you may have a defective products claim against the detector's manufacturer.
Defective products like car parts heavy machinery can leave a devastating last impression on families of victims, as we have seen in the recent past with stories out of General Motors and the various equipment failures that lead to serious injuries and death on work sites. But one area where many don't consider the manufacturing negligence of defective products is with smoke detectors. In some cases, smoke detectors and fire alarms do not sense intense heat; therefore, some electrical fires and other types of fires that start inside of walls do not get noticed until it is already too late.
Fires or explosions can devastate families around the holidays and during the winter months. While some fires or explosions are born from manmade acts of negligence, others are caused by a defective product or manufacturing issue that was eventually bound to prove costly. If you've been injured in fires or explosions, you may have a personal injury claim against a manufacturer or an owner or landlord of a property.
Fires or explosions around the holidays are common in Western Pennsylvania. Generally, however, the fires and explosions that occur around the holidays happen in peoples' homes when they are cooking or having a party; but fires or explosions can happen anytime, anywhere, including office buildings, construction sites, and other types of businesses.
For those who suffer a burn injury on a property located in Pennsylvania, it may be worthwhile to understand the severity of such an injury. While there are technically four burn degrees, most doctors use a chart that has three. Both classification charts are correct. A first degree burn is a burn that includes only the outer layer of the skin.
Landlords have a lawful duty to keep their tenants as safe as they can, to the best of their abilities, or else it may be a case of premises liability. One precaution that all landlords must take is the installation and maintenance of functional smoke detectors and fire alarms. When smoke detectors are not functional and disaster strikes, landlords can be held culpable for their negligence. This very scenario has played itself out in the Pittsburgh area and the results are a sad, harsh truth.
October is Fire Safety Awareness Month. As the days get shorter and the night get cooler, many of us in western PA are huddling around campfires and stacking wood in our hearths. Many forget, however, that the fire of the year is a potential hazard that could cost you your home and may even be fatal to you and your close family and friends.
We hear about all kinds of fires and all different reasons for what may have started them. Fires can be very devastating and can cause a family or a business to lose everything. They can spread quickly giving whoever or whatever may be trapped inside very little time to try to escape.
With Independence Day now behind us, but still a good month and a half before Labor Day, propane safety should be on everyone's minds. More than 75% of American households own and use propane gas grills at least once a month. Over the next few months, there will be countless Americans who will host backyard barbecues to celebrate birthdays, holidays, or maybe just a beautiful summer day; however, before you do, make sure that you know a little bit about propane safety.