Discover Steps You Can Take to Reduce Your Chance of Suffering a Burn Injury This Summer
Many individuals have been anticipating the arrival of summer since the spring. Beach days, vacation days, and a ton of nice weather are all things to look forward to. Having said that, summer also has its own set of risks. For instance, summertime sees a marked increase in drowning incidents. Similar to this, burn accidents have increased.
We wish everyone a safe and burn-free summer from everyone at the Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas. Get some advice on how to reduce your risk of getting burned this summer by reading on. Contact the Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas for a free legal consultation if you were injured and the burn was caused by someone else behaving carelessly or negligently.
You might be shocked at how many people die from and/or are treated for burn injuries
People who have never experienced a severe burn frequently are unaware of how bad the situation is. In actuality, 3,000 Americans per year die in housefires in the United States, according to statistics from the National Fire Prevention Association. Additionally, a quarter of a million people—nearly 250,000—end up needing hospital care for burns. Often, a significant burn requires treatment in a burn unit, which can be uncomfortable, expensive, and time-consuming.
Many burn accidents are caused by housefires
It could appear that using fireworks is just a fun summertime hobby, but the truth is that it is probably riskier than you realize. Although it may seem unlikely for someone to be hurt or killed in a housefire, this is also untrue. In this state alone, there are more than 10,000 housefires annually, according to the California State Fire Marshal. In an average year, this results in approximately 60 fatalities, more than 300 injuries, and more.
Not exercising caution when nearing hot or flammable things, such as matches, lighters, stoves, and space heaters, is one of the many possible causes of housefires. An object may overheat and short out if it is not connected properly, which could result in a fire.
Fireworks are the most frequent summertime source of hose fires, burn injuries, and both. Even when purchased lawfully and used according to the instructions, fireworks can still result in serious damage or even death. Remember that a standard hand-held sparkler may burn at temperatures of up to 1000F.
Children in particular run the risk of suffering burns from pyrotechnics and fires because they may find the color and flickering appealing without fully appreciating the potential hazard. Call the Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 to schedule a free legal consultation if you or a loved one gets hurt this summer.