How to Avoid a House Fire This Holiday Season
It’s that time of year again! Sleigh bells are ringing and towns across New Jersey are decorated from home to home. With all the joy and fun that surrounds the Garden State during the holiday season, we shouldn’t forget about all the dangers to you and your home – especially house fires.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve account for the largest number of house fires during the holiday season. Holiday candles, Christmas trees, strings of colorful lights, and cooking for too many guests to keep track of are among the top reasons for a quick fire in your home to break out.
Tips for Avoiding Fires in Your Home
However, these typical holiday traditions don’t need to be the reason that your home catches on fire. There are some steps you can take to ensure your holiday celebration goes on as planned:
- Make sure your fireplace is cleaned out, especially if your Christmas tree or holiday decorations are near it
- Put the fire in your fireplace out before you leave your home
- Look for flickering lights on your Christmas tree. It could be a sign of bad wiring, which could lead to a fire
- Properly water your Christmas tree. The dryer your tree is, the easier it may catch on fire
- Unplug your Christmas tree lights and any other holiday lighting before you leave your home
- Don’t forget to blow out any burning candles before you leave your home
- When you are cooking with an open flame, don’t walk away from the stove
There are more steps you can take to ensure your home stays safe this holiday season, but we hope that you keep a few of these tips in mind when you are with family and friends this month.
What Can You Do?
If you received a burn injury after a house fire during the holiday season, chances are you have a long road of recovery ahead of you. You may be expecting several expensive and extensive medical treatments such as skin grafts, physical therapy, and plastic surgery. You may also face a lifetime of scarring, disfigurement, or problems with range of motion.
Chances are your health insurance will be paying for your medical expenses until your case is settled. But just like with any personal injury case, if your burn injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, then you will need an experienced personal injury lawyer by your side.
Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone Today
Be careful this holiday season! While the holidays are one of the most wonderful times of the year, it could be one of the deadliest. House fires are sometimes beyond our control. If you suffered a house fire injury, you are going to need someone on your side who can get you the compensation and damages you deserve.
At the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone, we have been helping house fire burn injury victims for thirty years. If you are in need of aggressive legal representation, contact our office today for a free consultation.