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Fires and Explosions Personal Injury Lawyers in Houston, TX

Fires and explosions can lead to devastating injuries and deaths. Serious burns can require skin grafts, requiring removal of layers of tissue from one part of the body and transplanting the tissue to the burned area. Sometimes painful debridement procedures are required. The most severe burn injuries can cause the victim to lose use of hands, arms, legs or feet. Burn injuries can lead to permanent disabilities and a lifetime of medical care. Weeks and months of hospitalization are not uncommon after a serious burn injury.

Fires need both a fuel and an ignition source. Either can be created by the negligence of others. Product defects can cause excessive temperatures or the release of a fuel source. Poor work procedures or faulty wiring are also common causes of fires.

Fire Start: Negligent Creation of Ignition Source or Fuel Source

Some common causes of fires and explosions that may be the result of actionable negligence or products liability include: 1) halogen work lights operating at high temperatures, 2) faulty wiring in apartment complexes and other buildings or vehicles; 3) use of unapproved containers at filling stations that can cause static electricity; 4) use of flammable materials when manufacturing pajamas, mattresses and other household products; 5) improper work procedures; 6) faulty valves, seals, gaskets and hoses that allow release of combustible gases or vapors; 7) using power washers and other mechanized equipment near dangerous vapors or gases; 8) failure to ventilate and eliminate flammable dust; and 9) failure to properly ground tanker trucks and other tanks or ignoring other static electricity prevention procedures.

Fire Safety: Building Codes, Fire Spread, Escape Routes and Warning and Suppression Equipment.

Negligent disregard of life safety standards and building codes can also form the basis of a lawsuit. For example, if there are improper draft stops in an apartment complex attic, an attic fire can spread rapidly, preventing escape. Similarly, building codes require fire suppression equipment, multiple exits, alarms and other precautions that are sometimes neglected and can lead to needless loss of life and serious injuries.

To learn more about fire and explosion hazards and prevention standards, one useful site is www.nfpa.org.

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