Winter has come early to Chicagoland this year. Freezing temperatures and wintery weather conditions are keeping more of us inside where it’s warm. Many people are looking for sources of heat that will quickly chase away the chill. Electric space heaters can be a handy way to warm a room without turning up the heat. Yet, space heaters pose grave risks and dangers – unless you are aware and take precautions.
As an attorney, every day I am personally involved in fighting for those who are injured as a result of the negligence of others or of products that expose us to unnecessary risks and danger. Injuries from home accidents, appliances, and temporary space heaters can be severe and life-changing.
The biggest threat associated with space heaters is fire. Each year, space heaters cause 25,000 house fires and 6,000 emergency room visits. They are involved in 79% of home heating fire deaths. It’s heartbreaking when you see news reports of people injured and harmed in home fires during the winter.
Electric space heaters create a number of risks:
• Like any electrical device, they pose a shock hazard.
• They use a lot of electricity and can overload circuits – causing power failure or fire
• Parts of the heater can become very hot; people and pets are vulnerable to burns and nearby curtains, clothing, paper, and upholstered furniture can ignite.
• Some space heaters, especially tall ones, can tip-over and ignite nearby flammable items.
Common Sense Safety Tips.
If you’re going to use a space heater, there are a few things you can do to be as safe as possible. Some simple ‘common-sense’ safety tips can limit your risks.
√ Certified Testing. Choose only a space heater that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
√ Kids & Pets. Never leave pets and young children alone in a room with a space heater.
√ Turn them OFF. Never leave a space heater turned on when you leave the house or go to sleep.
√ Smoke Detector. Before turning the space heater on, make sure there is a working smoke detector in the room.
√ Location. Place the space heater out of high-traffic areas on a level, hard, non-flammable floor.
√ Power Connection. Plug the heater power cords directly into outlets and never into an extension cord. Inspect the power cord for cracks or damage, broken plugs, or loose connections. Replace before using.
We Help Victims.
Accidents from unsafe products are complex. The Attorneys at Friend, Levinson & Turner Law are knowledgeable and expert in representing those injured as a result of the negligence of other people and products. We help you avoid mistakes that may weaken your case. We ensure that no legal deadlines are missed, advise you of realistic compensation, and keep your case moving forward.
Big corporations and insurance companies rely on professional adjusters to negotiate. In order to deal with these professionals, you need a highly-trained, skilled attorney to protect your rights. We know your rights and the applicable laws. We are your advocates. We are experts at negotiating with powerful insurance companies. Experience counts.
We make the legal process as stress-free as possible. We focus on recovering compensation for you – while you focus upon your physical recovery.
If you or a loved one is injured or a victim of an unsafe product or the negligence of others, please call my office at 312-346-8465 or contact us using the form below.