Fires can happen at home or in public places, such as office buildings, warehouses, hotels, and restaurants. Even a relatively minor blaze can cause major damage and puts you at risk for potentially serious personal injuries. In light of three recent home fires in our area, we want to share some tips to keep both yourself and your loved ones safe.
Aiken Area Fires Impact Families
According to a February 2019 news report in the Aiken Standard, local police, fire marshals, and public safety officials are still investigating what may have caused three recent fires in the Aiken area, which left five adults and six children without homes
The first blaze occurred Tuesday, February 12, causing severe damage to a house on Jasmine Ridge Road in Aiken. One adult and a child were able to escape without injuries. The second occurred in Barnwell County just two days later. Two adults were able to escape but the house is considered a total loss. The third incident occurred later that day, on Jones Circle in Aiken County. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze and helped two adults and five children escape.
The families involved in the fires are receiving assistance through the Red Cross. Officials with the organization say that the use of space heaters over the winter months tends to increases fire risks. They also warn about the dangers of using a stove or oven as an alternative heat source. Local fire officials add that the public also needs to be aware of the risks concerning carbon monoxide is you use coal, wood, or gas for heating your home. To protect yourself and your loved ones, make sure to have fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors installed.
Protecting Yourself in the Event of a Fire
Structure fires tend to spread rapidly, quickly engulfing homes and buildings in heavy smoke and flames. Knowing what to do in this situation could save your life. Safe Wise recommends having a fire evacuation plan in place, just in case it is needed, and making note of exits in advance when in public places. If a fire does break out, follow these tips:
If the fire is very small and in one specific area, you may be able to contain it. Otherwise, your top priority should be getting everyone out and alerting the fire department.
Check to see if doors and door knobs are hot before attempting to open them. A hot door indicates flames on the other side.
To reduce the risks of smoke inhalation, get down on your hands and knees to crawl, rather than walk.
Once outside, stand clear of the structure to avoid exterior flames or falling debris.
Contact Us Today for Help
When fires are caused by faulty appliances, improper wiring, or the reckless actions of others, you may be entitled to compensation for the injuries and property damages you suffer. Contact our Aiken personal attorney to schedule a consultation with the Surasky Law Firm, LLC today.