The State Fire Marshal’s office released a press release today that said that fire fatalities are up by 35% this year over last year. In the same period last year, there were 31 fire-related deaths; This year, there have been 42 deaths.
According to the Center for Disease Control, fire and burn injuries are the leading cause of preventable and accidental death. Almost 50% of all burn victims are children under the age of four.
The State Fire Marshall, Melissa Gannie, recommends that homeowners install fire sprinklers as a life-saving measure. In addition, it is required that homes and apartments have smoke alarms installed and operational. Twice a year, you should test existing alarms, maintain them with fresh batteries and vacuum and clean them. Smoke alarms should be replaced at least every 10 years.
It is also recommended that everyone have a home escape plan. This includes testing all smoke alarms so that everyone in the household knows what the alarm sounds like. A home escape plan also insures that everyone knows two ways out of each room, that there is an established meeting place outside of the home and that everyone in the home practice the plan.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have suffered serious burn injuries due to car accidents, explosions or fires caused by someone’s negligence or a defective product.