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.

 

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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.

 

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

 

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