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The Office of the Washington State Fire Marshal released a bulletin reminding Washington residents to take steps to avoid home electrical fires. According to the bulletin, there are 280 fire fatalities every year due to residential fires. An estimated 26,000 fires annually results in more than $1 billion in property loss.

Faulty wiring and broken electrical appliances can result in electrical shock injury or residential fires which can both result in death.

The Fire Marshall provides the following safety tips to avoid an electrical fire or shock:

  • Replace worn or damaged appliance cords. Many fires start at appliance cords, receptacles and switches. If a frayed cord is near a curtain, rug or other combustible surface, a fire can start.
  • Only purchase appliances that have been approved by a UL testing lab.
  • Plug appliances directly into a wall outlet instead of an extension cord. If you use an extension cord, be sure to use those with surge protectors.
  • Unplug appliances when you are not using them.
  • Discontinue using appliances that smoke or shock you when you use them.
  • Use lightbulbs of the wattage recommended for the socket you are placing them into. A lightbulb with too high of a wattage for a lamp or light fixture is a common cause of electrical fires.
  • Hire licensed electricians for home electrical work. Faulty and outdated wiring can cause electrical fires.
  • Avoid the use of extension cords except for occasional use. Appliances should never be plugged in to extension cord.

What UL (Underwriters Laboratories) Listing Means

seattle burn injury attorneyUnderwriters Laboratories (UL) is a safety consulting company which tests and provides safety analysis of Look for UL Listing tags on electrical appliances when you purchase them. UL Listing means that UL has tested a representative number of the products to determine that it meets nationally recognized Standards for Safety. All kinds of household and electrical appliances including household cooking, lamps, batteries and food serving appliances are tested.

Christmas Tree Fires

Christmas tree fires are not common but when they do occur, they are most likely to occur after Christmas than before. That reason is that trees dry out after a few weeks. So, it is important to keep your tree moist and discard it once it dries out.

Keep your family safe and avoid house fires and burn injuries this.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured by defective products and those who have suffered burn injuries.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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halloween accident attorney slip and fallHalloween is but a couple of weeks away and you may have already decorated your house and started helping your child shop for a Halloween costume.

Choosing a Halloween costume with safety in mind and decorating your house for the safety of little ghosts and goblins is the key to having a safe and fun Halloween.


Choose a costume that does not have trailing fabric which can cause a child to trip. Also, check to make sure the fabric is fire-retardant and won’t catch on fire if it comes into contact with a flame. Make sure that the child has visibility when wearing a mask. And, last but not least, have your child carry a flashlight or light stick while trick or treating. Retro-reflective tape can also be used to make sure child are visible.


Be careful when placing your jack-o’-lantern if you use a real candle. Put the jack-o’-lantern in an area where little trick-or-treaters do not trip over it or come in contact with it. Consider using a flameless candle run by a battery which are a safe way to illuminate your jack-o’-lantern. While it is fun to decorate your house with a scary theme for Halloween, make sure that paths are illuminated so children don’t trip over sprinklers, cracks in the walks or other hazards.


Make sure children are accompanied with one or more adults when trick-or-treating. Children, even those who know better, can become overly excited on Halloween and dart into traffic. We recommend supervising children until the age of 12.

Choose trick-or-treating routes that are well lit and have sidewalk. For older children, discuss the route before the children go out.

Motorists Be Ware on Halloween

Motorists are urged to be especially vigilant on Halloween and should watch for trick-or-treaters who might dart out into traffic. Be extra careful when entering and exiting driveways. Watch for children who may not be looking out for motorists even at marked crosswalks.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in pedestrian accidents and slip and fall accidents. Contact us if you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury due to the negligence of another.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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Hewlett Packard is recalling laptop plug-in cables marked with an LS-15 due to a fire risk.

The U.S. Consumer Safety Product Commission say this may affect six million or more cables. According to the CPSC, there have been 29 reports of overheated cords and two people suffered burn injuries. This image shows the affected part:


The defective power cords affect both HP and Compaq and mini notebook computers sold between September 2010 and June 2012.

You can get a replace powercord by going to HP’s website. The power brick is not being recalled.

HP Power Cord Replacement

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a personal injury law firm, representing people seriously injured due to defective products including medical devices.
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1023281_fireworks.jpgWe recently read in The News Tribune that a Puyallup man has been charged with six felonies for hoarding illegal fireworks. Don Albert Murphy, 48, was arrested after someone tipped off police that Murphy was selling illegal fireworks. Undercover investigators arrested Murphy after an undercover informant purchased illegal fireworks from Murphy. Murphy admitted that he had been selling illegal fireworks for the past five years and that he had knowledge that an accident involving fireworks he sold caused a child to lose fingers last year.

In light of this article, The Farber Law Group would like to remind residents of Bellevue, Clyde Hill, Hunts Point, Kirkland, Medina, Seattle and Yarrow Point that it is illegal to discharge fireworks in these cities. We would also like to remind people to exercise great caution, regardless of whether fireworks are legal in your city, in the use of fireworks. We recommend attending a professional fireworks show is the safest was to celebrate the 4th of July holiday.

Over the years, we have documented the downside of personal fireworks in the countless personal injuries and even some deaths, either by explosion or fireworks-related house fires, because of fireworks.

While fireworks are fun and exciting, it is important that one obey local laws as well as exercise proper fire safety. In the case when someone breaks a law or fails to take fire safety precautions, that person may be legally liable for any injuries or deaths and property damages caused by the errant or illegal use of fireworks.

Fireworks cause more than 17,000 fires every years including structure fires, vehicle fires, brush fires and dumpster fires. In 2011, it is estimated that nearly 10,000 people were treated in emergency rooms for fireworks related injuries with 61% of the injuries to the extremities and 34% to the head.

The most common fireworks-related injury are burn injuries. Injuries to the hands and fingers are some of the most frequent fireworks-related injuries. Other injuries include lacerations or injuries to the face, eyes or head. While burn injuries are extremely painful, sometimes there are deaths associated with fireworks or explosives.

Sparklers are the type of fireworks that causes the greatest number of injuries. Sparklers gets very hot and they can reach up to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Private fireworks illegal in Bellevue

The City of Bellevue seeks to remind residents that private fireworks are not legal in the following Eastside communities and within the areas served by the Bellevue Fire Department including:

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  • Beaux Arts Village
  • Clyde Hill
  • Hunts Point
  • Medina
  • Newcastle
  • Yarrow Point

Fireworks include items that involve flame s or sparks, flies and /or explodes.

The City of Bellevue has seen a dramatic decrease in the number of injuries and in property damages since the fireworks ban.

The State Fire Marshall announced that in 2011 throughout the State there were 264 fireworks-caused fires including 89 residential fires.

People who use fireworks in a negligent or reckless manner or where they are prohibited can be charged with a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor or even a felony. Possession of illegal explosive devices such as M-80’s or homemade or altered devices is both a state and a federal offense.

Bellevue 4th of July Fireworks

Bellevue will host a 4th of Juluy celebration in downtown park between 2-10pm with a fireworks display at 10:05pm. Newcastle has a fireworks show at 10pm at Lake Boren. For more information see Bellevue 4th of July Fireworks Celebrations.
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The Pacific Northwest has experienced a severe storm this past week and The Seattle Times reports that 191,000 Puget Sound Energy power customers are without power.

During times of power outages, there are always several incidences of people suffering carbon monoxide poisoning or death.
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In Kent, Washington, in two separate incidences, two families were hospitalized after becoming ill from carbon monoxide poisoning. In both cases, the families were using charcoal barbecues for heat according to KOMO News.

Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that is colorless and odorless and when people are exposed to it without sufficient proper ventilation they are unable to absorb oxygen and they become ill with symptoms what include confusion, headaches, chest pains, confusion, shortness of breath, vomiting, drowsiness and flu-like symptoms. With higher exposure levels victims can experience central nervous system damage, heart problems and even death.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is the number one cause of accidental poisoning deaths every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 500 people die and more than 15,000 are treated in hospital ER rooms every year due to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide poisoning cases arise during power outages when people try to warm their homes with alternate methods including portable stoves, barbecues and generators.

Of course it doesn’t have to be the middle of a power outage for carbon monoxide poisoning occur. Faulty appliances, unventilated heaters, clogged chimneys and cars left running in a garage can all lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
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Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday that most Americans enjoy really look forward to. Most families cook a turkey and try hard to serve a turkey that is moist tender and juicy.

In the past few years, home chefs have embraced deep frying the turkey because it does not require as much cooking time than other methods such as baking or grilling on a rotisserie and it leaves the meat juicy with a crispy skin.

Deep frying turkeys can be delicious but every year fires related to turkey fires result in approximately five deaths and 60 burn injuries and the damage or destruction of nearly 900 homes.

These facts are pretty scary but they should not deter you from frying your turkey if this is your preferred cooking method. However, you should follow these safety tips:

  • Never fry a frozen turkey. Defrost your turkey fully before frying.
  • Watch the oil thermometer. You should keep your frying oil around 350 degrees. Allowing the oil to over heat to 400 degrees or more can cause a fire.
  • Don’t overfill the fryer with oil. If you put too much oil in your turkey fryer and then add your turkey, it will overflow and the oil can come in contact with the flame and catch on fire.
  • Do not fry your turkey indoors. You should fry your turkey away from garages, wooden structures and the deck so that if it catches on fire it does not catch your home on fire. You should never fry your turkey inside.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy.
  • Wear proper protective gear including heavy gloves or oven mitts and wear proper shoe coverings.
  • Lower and remove the turkey slowly to avoid splashing.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have suffered burn injuries due to car accidents, industrial accidents and household accidents.

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Every year, thousands of people suffer a burn injury in Washington State. The Center for Disease Control cites fire and burns injuries as the 5th leading cause of accidental death. Nearly half of those that suffer a burn injury are children under the age of four years old.

People suffer burn injuries in a variety of different ways: car fires, building fires, explosions, scalds, shocks, gas explosion, candles, fireplace and outdoor fire pit accidents, and fireworks accidents are just some of the ways that people are injured.

Burn injuries can be extremely painful and the skilled care in treating someone for a burn injury is often at a trauma center. Serious burn injuries usually require multiple surgeries, skin grafts and afterwards require lengthy rehabilitation.

The burn injury victim needs the support of family and friends to overcome the physical and emotional trauma of a burn injury. There are many support groups for burn victims and their families which can help support the burn survivor with love and acceptance as they recover from their injury and re-enter society.

There are also a couple of summer camps in the greater Seattle area especially for burn injured children. Camp Phoenix in Everett Washington and the Northwest Burn Foundation Summer Camp in Seattle are two fine programs that support children. The camps provide a lot of fun for children, a chance to socialize and also provide counseling.

Often in the case of a burn injury there are legal matters to attend to and insurance claims to be made. A burn injury attorney can be an important support person for the family of a burn victim. When the injury was due to a defective product or the negligence of another, the victim has a legal right to seek compensation for damages which would include rehabilitation, loss of salary or future salary and compensation for pain and suffering. Personal injury attorneys that specialize in burn injury cases will work be an advocate for the burn victim and their family.

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 and their families.


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The Washington State Fire Marshal, Captain Jason Beery, issued a press release reminding people to use fireworks responsibly. According to the release, last 4th of July there were 414 fireworks-related fires over the Independence Day holiday, causing $1.4 million in damages.

According to the Fire Marshall, misusing fireworks can result in charges of malicious mischief, assault or a gross demeanor if a person possesses illegal fireworks or tampers with them. A gross demeanor can result in a fine of up to $5,000 and or up to a year in prison.
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The Fire Marshall recommends that when using fireworks, you have water nearby, only adults should light fireworks and you should clean up after using fireworks.

Remember that personal use of fireworks are prohibited in Bellevue according to the City of Bellevue web-site including Beaux Arts Village, Clyde Hill, Hunts Point, Medina and Yarrow Point.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured due to dangerous and defective products or because of the carelessness or negligence of another.

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The Washington State Fire Marshall, Captain Jason Berry, in a press release, informed consumers not to use FIREGEL or NAPAfire manufactured by Napa Home & Garden and sold at retailers including Bed Bath & Beyond, Shopko, Restoration Hardware and between December 2009 and June 2011 because the products pose a burn hazard to consumers.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued the recall of half-million bottles and jugs after dozens of 37 accidents involving the product and 23 burn injuries. According to the CPSC, the product can ignite unexpectedly and splatter onto people when it is poured into a firepot. When the fuel burns, consumers do not always see a flame so they do not realize the product is still burning.

The State Fire Marshall says that consumers should immediately desist using the product and return it to the retailer.

See the Napa Home and Garden web-site for full information.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent burn victims and their families.

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