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Each year almost 3,000 people die in household fires. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), fires are the second leading cause of unintentional death in the home. Wherever they strike, fires can potentially be deadly. Ironically, it is rarely the fire itself that causes the injury or damage; rather, it is the smoke from the fire that attacks first. This is why smoke detectors (and carbon monoxide) detectors are so important.
It goes without saying that fires can also give rise to lawsuits, both for injuries and for property damage. In the past several years I have represented many victims who suffered catastrophic injuries, including death, as a result of a fire. Whether we are talking about your own home, or about a rental property, a few basic measures can help create a safer environment and insulate you from liability.
It only takes one small spark to start a deadly fire. By taking just a few minutes to check the batteries and setup of your smoke alarms, you can take a major step toward insuring your family’s safety, as well as your wallet, in the case of a lawsuit. Poorly installed or maintained smoke detectors can burn you in more than one way.
Cohen & Cohen, PC has represented a number of clients whose lives have been tragically changed by catastrophic fires. One of our clients, Donald Peterson, lost three of his family members in a house fire in 2001.
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