October is National Fire Prevention Month, and there is no better time to be aware of damage a fire can do. While people lose homes or valuable items to fires, those things can be replaced. Your health, on the other hand, is much more delicate. Burn injuries can alter your life, leaving you in pain or unable to make a living to support you and your family.
Taking your eyes off a fire for even a moment can cause major damage and injury. Educating yourself about the different types of burns and how to treat them can help you or a loved one avoid a lot of pain and suffering. Read the rest »
Say the words “the Fourth of July” to just about anyone in Texas, and you’ll immediately conjure up images of fireworks lighting up the night sky. Since more house fires and burn injuries occur during the Independence Day holiday than at any other time during the year, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), it’s important to practice fireworks safety if you plan to include home fireworks in your holiday plans.
The National Council on Fireworks Safety and many experienced Texas injury lawyers recommend putting safety first. Here are some places to begin: Read the rest »
For many Texas families, winter means curling up with a book, a video game, or another favorite indoor activity as temperatures drop. Unfortunately, for some families, winter can also mean a house fire, a severe burn injury, or injuries caused by partial suffocation due to a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide gas from broken or defective heating equipment.
Winter is the most common season for household fires caused by heating equipment, according to the United States Fire Administration (USFA). Experienced Texas personal injury lawyers urge all families to put “prepare for safer home heating” on their New Year’s to-do list. Here are some steps you can take to reduce your injury risks while still enjoying a quiet winter indoors: Read the rest »
Many Texans are already skeptical of indoor tanning, which many doctors say carries similar risk to tanning under natural sunlight. But while many people are aware of the increased risk of skin cancer, fewer realize that tanning beds can also cause serious burns.
About 3,200 people nationwide need emergency room care after suffering serious burns during an indoor tanning session, according to a recent article from WebMD. First- and second-degree burns are most common, although some serious injuries have occurred when tanning bed users have fainted after a session of tanning. Experienced Texas personal injury lawyers recommend that anyone who uses an indoor tanning bed follow its instructions carefully and seek help immediately if injuries occur. Read the rest »
For many Waco families, Labor Day marks the official end of summer. Backyard parties, trips to the beach, and back-to-school get-togethers mean outdoor cooking on the grill. To protect the people you love from serious burn injuries this Labor Day, practice basic grill safety with these tips from your experienced Texas personal injury attorneys:
First, always check your grill for damage before you light it. Look for blocked tubes and vents, cracked propane hoses, and dents or other damage in the propane tank or any other part of the grill. If the grill needs repairs, call a professional.
Second, use your grill outdoors only – never inside, and never in an enclosed area like a tent or trailer. In addition to the risk of fire, an indoor grill can cause a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide. Read the rest »
The Fourth of July may be past, but fireworks are still a part of many summer celebrations, barbecues, and parties. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), over 11,400 people suffered fireworks-related injuries last summer, and eight people lost their lives. While some accidents were caused by defective fireworks, others were accidents that could have been prevented with simple safety precautions.
If you’re still enjoying fireworks this summer, experienced Texas personal injury lawyers hope that you keep the following safety tips in mind:
- Make sure the fireworks you’re buying are legal in Texas, and buy them from an established, trustworthy vendor.
- Never allow children to play with fireworks. An adult should supervise children who are playing with sparklers, and an adult should always light the fireworks. Read the rest »
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