Space Heater Fire Accidents
Jed Dietrich, Esq., Recognized As A Best Lawyer of America, and His Elite Team of Buffalo Injury Attorneys, Are Ready to Defend Individuals in the Buffalo, New York, and the Greater New York Area Who Have Suffered Injuries as a Result of Space Heater Fires.
Winter is a season that is as brutal as it can be beautiful. In New York State, where the temperature can drop as low as 3°F in the coldest winter months, many of us turn to space heaters for additional sources of heating. Historically space heaters were unpredictable, with unsafe components and a lack of sufficient regulations to ensure that they functioned properly. While the space heaters of today are comparatively safer than those used in the past, they are still potentially hazardous and should be used with caution.
Jed Dietrich, Esq., recognized as a New York Super Lawyer, is well acquainted with the often-calamitous effects of personal injury. He has represented countless clients over the years, attaining over $175,000,000 in successful wins for his personal injury clients. If you believe that you or a loved one have been injured in Buffalo, New York, do not hesitate to reach out to the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. at 716-839-3939 or by filling out the online consultation form.Types Of Space Heaters
According to the National Fire Protection Association, 43% of house fires in the United States are caused by space heaters. In a recent four-year period, space heaters were the cause of 5 out of 6 house fire-related deaths. There are several kinds of space heaters, each differentiated by how they generate heat. Space heaters can be vented, unvented, or electric.
Vented and unvented space heaters function through a process known as combustion. Combustion occurs when fuel is combined with oxygen to produce heat and illumination. Vented space heaters are a permanent installation, requiring a connection to a vent that sends exhaust fumes outside of a house. Unvented space heaters, by contrast, do not have a way to remove fumes from a room and are therefore not recommended for indoor use. Unvented space heaters are typically fueled by gas, propane, or kerosene, and the fumes they produce can be toxic. Electric space heaters most commonly utilize radiant heat, which uses a combination of air and electricity to generate heat. They are the only type of unvented space heater considered safe for indoor use, but as with all types of space heaters, caution should still be used while operating one.
A personal injury from a space heater fire-related accident can be a life-changing event. At the Dietrich Law Firm, P.C., our team of dedicated and hardworking Buffalo injury attorneys is ready to represent you in your case today. Call our offices at 716-839-3939 or contact us online to receive a free consultation – our clients are never charged until we have obtained a win on their behalf.Space Heater Injuries
A space heater can greatly damage an individual and their property. Burns are the most common injury caused by space heaters and vary in degree depending upon how many layers of the skin a burn sears. There are three degrees of burn:
- 1st-Degree Burn: A minor burn damages only the top layer of the skin. 1st-degree burns are often red and painful but will heal;
- 2nd-Degree Burn: In this type of burn, both the epidermis and dermis are damaged. Blisters, bleeding, swelling, and severe pain are all symptoms of 2nd-degree burns; and
- 3rd-Degree Burn: Affecting all three layers of skin, this type of burn can cause nerve damage and severe scarring.
Most space heater fires start as a result of negligence when a space heater is left unattended or too close to a flammable object. In some cases, however, a space heater fire can be the result of a defect in the product itself. When a product defect causes personal injury, loss of life, or damage to a home, the liability falls on the product manufacturer who failed to warn consumers of potential defects in their product. For more information on this type of lawsuit, visit our Dangerous and Defective Product Claims webpage.
For over twenty years, Jed Dietrich, Esq. has successfully represented individuals in personal injury cases throughout the Western New York area. Today, he is regarded to be a Best Lawyer of America and has obtained at least $1,000,000 or more 33 times to compensate his clients for their injuries. To receive your free consultation, call us now at 716-839-3939 or contact us online. Our team of Buffalo injury lawyers is available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week.Safety Tips For Space Heaters
Despite the dangers associated with space heaters, they can be a good source of warmth in the winter months, especially in Buffalo, New York, and the Greater New York area. The New York Times recommends the following measures to ensure the safe operation of electric space heaters during the winter months. These measures include:
- Keep space heaters on flat surfaces. The floor is the safest place for it, as it is least likely to fall or be knocked over when it is already on the ground;
- Ensure that all liquids are kept away from space heaters. This is another reason not to put a space heater on a table or desk, where glasses of coffee or water might easily spill onto the heater and start a fire;
- Do not place a space heater near flammable objects. This includes pillows, carpets, blankets, curtains, and even paint or alcohol;
- Always unplug a space heater when leaving the house. It is even recommended to unplug a space heater if leaving it unattended in a room for any period of time. Ensure that children and pets are kept out of reach of space heaters; and
- Use a wall outlet. Avoid power strips or extension cords.
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