Higher Risk of Cooking Fires Involving Seniors

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Seniors may be at risk of several injuries and accidents, and some of the most underestimated of those injuries and accidents occur in kitchen and cooking fires.

Seniors may be at risk of several injuries and accidents, and some of the most underestimated of those injuries and accidents occur in kitchen and cooking fires.  According to data, more than 12,000 Americans aged above the age of 65 die in residential fires every year.

In fact, the senior population is one of the most high-risk categories for seniors in the United States.  According to the data, more than 3,000 people in this age group are injured every year in residential fires.  Most house fires involving senior citizens begin in the kitchen, or involve space heaters.  The National Fire Protection Association also estimates that as much as $ 7 billion worth of property is destroyed in fires every year.

While builders go to great lengths to make homes for senior citizens safe and secure by adding a number of remedies to prevent falls and other accident hazards, they may fail to realize that one of the effects of ageing is forgetfulness and memory loss.  That increases the risk of household fires and other accidents in these homes.

According to the US Fire Administration, a senior’s risk of dying in a fire increases when he reaches the age of 50.   On an average, more than 1,000 Americans aged 65 and above die in fires every year.  Persons aged 85 and have an even higher fire-related fatality rate.  They die in fires at a rate that is five times higher than for the rest of the American population.

Fires involving seniors are even more difficult and result in more serious burn injuries, because the senior may not be able to take preventive action in time to reduce the risk of injuries.

One of our Meeting Locations: The Reeves Law Group 131 Stony Circle Suite 500 Santa Rosa, CA 95401 (707) 595-8684

Can Your Sunscreen Result in a Burn Injury?

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The number of burn injuries associated with the use of sunscreen is high

The number of burn injuries associated with the use of sunscreen is high, and we’re not talking about sunburns that result when you haven’t slathered enough of lotion or cream on exposed skin at the beach.  Last year at least, the federal administration recorded at least five incidents involving persons whose skin burst into flames, after their sunscreen got on fire.

These incidents were caused when the sunscreen literally burst into flames in certain situations.  According to the Food and Drug Administration, in 2012 alone, it recorded five incidents in which sunscreen caught fire when people were near flammable substances.  In one of those cases, a person caught fire, when he lit a cigarette.  He was wearing sunscreen at the time.  Another person’s sunscreen burst into flames while he was standing next to a citronella candle.

In the more severe cases, cases, and one that California burn injury lawyers warn specifically of this summer, a man applied spray sunscreen just before he began work on his backyard grill.  The sunscreen ignited, with flames raging through his arms and upper torso.  He suffered second-degree burns and was rushed to the hospital.

In another case, a woman applied a spray sunscreen to her body, and then switched on a welding torch.  Her entire arm caught fire.

The danger in sunscreen sprays is that many of them contain flammable substances including alcohol.  In some of the cases that were reported last year to the Food and Drug Administration, the persons were using Banana Boat brand spray sunscreen.  Last year, the company that manufactured the products recalled the sunscreens.  The recall was linked to a risk that the product would ignite the skin when it came into contact with a flammable substance before the skin was completely dry.

One of our Meeting Locations: The Reeves Law Group 3890 11th St Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 324-5174

 

Fire, Burn Injury Risks Involving Toasters

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California burn injury lawyers know that there’s always a risk of fire and burns involved when you’re using any type of electrical or household appliances.

California burn injury lawyers know that there’s always a risk of fire and burns involved when you’re using any type of electrical or household appliances.  In recent years, there have been a number of fire and burn-related product recalls of everything from ovens and gas ranges to blenders and hairdryers.  What many consumers may not know is that the humble toaster also poses a serious fire hazard.

Some of the most underestimated fire hazards involve those posed by toasters.  Many of the complaints about fire hazards involving toasters have involved appliances manufactured by Black & Decker.  There have been several consumer complaints about toasters that caught fire, and many of these fires involved different models of Black & Decker toasters.

According to a report by Consumer Affairs, many fire and burn hazards also been reported with the use of Kenmore toasters.  In most of these cases, the person put the bread in the toaster, set the timer to the required limit, and then went out of the kitchen.  When they returned, they found sparks shooting from the toaster, or a toaster that was literally in flames.

Toaster-related product recalls are fairly common.  In December 2011, Hamilton Beach announced a recall of 14,000 toasters because of a fire hazard.  According to the company, it received at least 5 reports of toasters catching fire.

Many incidents of toasters catching fire are linked to the crumbs of bread that collect at the bottom of the toaster.  These crumbs can actually catch fire.  In many toasters, you have a removable tray at the bottom that can be used to collect the crumbs.  The tray should be cleaned regularly.

However, most of the toaster-related fires every year are caused due to mechanical failure of the appliance.  In many of these cases, the timer does not work properly, and does not shut off the heating element.

 

One of our Meeting Locations: The Reeves Law Group 1055 W 7th St #3333, Los Angeles, CA 90017 (213) 271-9318

Prevention of Scald Injuries

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Recently, burn advocacy groups marked Burn Injury Awareness Week between February 3 and February 9, 2013. During this period, a number of burn treatment facilities tried to raise attention about burns injuries, especially scald injuries.

Recently, burn advocacy groups marked Burn Injury Awareness Week between February 3 and February 9, 2013.  During this period, a number of burn treatment facilities tried to raise attention about burns injuries, especially scald injuries.

According to research, scald injuries are extremely common among children below the age of 5 years as well as older adults.  This is primarily due to developmental changes in these 2 categories of people.

Children are naturally curious, and this may cause them to experiment, which unfortunately can lead to a burn injury.  They may also suffer from a lack of coordination that increases their injury risk.  In the case of older adults, burn injury lawyers find that these injuries are linked to a change in sensory perception.

Some of the most common sources of scald injuries are hot bath water and hot liquids.  This is also one very common cause of scald injuries involving children.  It is important to monitor the temperature of water that is used for bathing, especially when the water is being used to bathe children or older adults.  That’s because children as well as senior citizens may have skin that is much more susceptible to burn injuries.  Make sure that the temperature of the water heater is set at 120°, to avoid scalds.  Avoid bathing infants and toddlers in water that is above 100°.

Scald injuries are also frequently linked to spilt coffee, tea, soup and other hot liquids.  It’s very important to be careful when you’re handling hot liquids, and make sure that no small children are allowed to handle hot liquids.  It’s also very important to monitor children when they’re around a table that is full of foods or liquids at high temperatures.  For instance, a child can easily tug at a tablecloth and down a mug of coffee right on himself.

 

Meeting Location
The Reeves Law Group
3890 11th St, PMB 17
Riverside, CA 92501
(951) 324-5174

 

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