Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers: Staying Safe During the Winter
January 26, 2016
Staying Safe During the Winter: Fire Prevention and Safety
Although most of us are safely tucked inside of our homes, bundled up next to the fire or turning our heating systems up to fight against the cold, it is important to remember fire prevention methods to make sure that you and your loved ones are safe. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) wants people to know that one of the leading causes of destructive home fires is heating equipment. Sadly, fires caused by heating equipment problems are some of the most catastrophic and dangerous, having far too often led to death. Understandably, most of these types of fires that cause serious accident, property damage, injury or even death occur in the colder months of December, January and February.
Some of the NFPA’s Fire Safety Tips
- Make sure objects are not near nor obstructing heating equipment of any kind;
- For heating installation or problems of any kind, always contact a licensed and insured professional;
- Keep protective screens around fireplaces to limit the amount of soot, ash and sparks exiting the area;
- Make sure that children maintain a safe distance from all fires and heating equipment, including portable devices and candles;
- Stay on top of annual inspections of heating equipment as well as keeping up with routine cleaning and heating system maintenance;
- Have functioning, tested smoke alarms throughout your home as appropriate, and:
- Never leave a candle or portable heating device plugged in and unattended
The fire safety and prevention tips provided by the NFPA are not only helpful reminders but could end up saving you and your family from the physical and personal losses that house fires and defective equipment can cause. We here at Galfand Berger, LLP are wishing you and your family a safe and warm winter season!
Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers at Galfand Berger LLP Represent Injured Victims
If you were injured in a fire or by faulty heating equipment, a personal injury lawyer in Philadelphia at Galfand Berger LLP can help. With offices located in Philadelphia, Reading and Bethlehem, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. To schedule a consultation, call us at 800-222-8792 or complete our online contact form