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Safety Tips to Avoid Holiday Fires

December 22, 2014

Our personal injury law firm represents victims, and families of victims, for many types of injuries. Of those many types of injuries, a burn or smoke inhalation injury caused by fire is often the worst of all. Shock, infection or even death can occur. Because these injuries are often quite serious, medical expenses and rehabilitation are often very costly, not to mention the loss of wages and pain and suffering.

When we handle these types of cases, we usually retain fire experts. One of those experts has sent along this list of safety tips, which we’d like to share with you during this Holiday Season:

  • Never leave burning candles unattended. Use candles with care.
  • Do not overload power strips, extension cords, or electrical outlets.
  • Do not run extension cords underneath carpets.
  • Consider using LED Christmas lights as they are generate less heat.
  • Have an escape plan prepared.
  • Check smoke detectors.
  • If using a live tree, keep it watered.
  • Be sure your fireplace is covered with a metal screen or glass doors to prevent the spread of sparks or fire.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in your home, and know how to use it.
  • Always turn off your Christmas lights when leaving your home, or before going to bed.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a fire, smoke or burn injury, you have the right to pursue compensation through a settlement or lawsuit. The personal injury law firm of Oliveri & Schwartz, P.C. is prepared to fight hard for your rights while providing compassionate support. We have offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Long Island and accept cases throughout New York State.

To schedule a free initial consultation, please call 1(800) 427-9546.

We wish you an enjoyable – and safe – Holiday Season!


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