Photo of a burning buildingFires are dangerous and often threaten lives and destroy personal property. Every year, there are more than 3,000 fatalities from fire accidents and 15,000 injuries. Of these deaths and injuries, over 85% take place in a residence.

The most common causes for fires are burning candles, still lit cigarettes, portable heaters, lamps, exposed wires, fireplaces, and cooking appliances, including grease fires. Many of these items use rugs, curtains, and newspaper as kindling and spread the fire quickly.

The best way to prevent serious damage and injuries from fires is to install smoke detectors. It is important to place smoke detectors in every room and hallway and to check the smoke detectors for functionality. It is also a good idea to have fire extinguishers on hand to minimize damages.

If you were injured in a fire accident or if a loved one was killed in the fire, you need a personal injury attorney that understands the emotional and physical toll that this accident can take. The attorney should be aggressive in seeking the compensation that you deserve.