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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Defective Smoke Detectors and Aluminum Wiring a Recipe for a Fatal Home Fire

A working smoke alarm on every level of a home and in each bed room is an important safety feature to have in your home. The United States Fire Administration provides information on smoke alarms including the following brochure on What You Need to Know about Smoke Alarms as well as information on defective smoke detectors that you should be aware of and avoid.

As of December 2007, the United States Fire Administration had recalls notices on Digital Security Controls FSA and FSB Series Smoke Detectors, First Alert Onelink Battery-Powered Smoke and Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms, and BRK Brand Hard-Wired Battery Back-Up Smoke Alarms, Models 4120B and 4120SB. For more information on these smoke alarms, contact the United States Fire Administration or the manufacturers of these products.

Defective smoke detectors and smoke alarms are especially problematic for fires that occur at night, when people are sleeping, when people are disabled, or when the fire is hidden. This is because a failure to warn of a fire can allow the fire to spread. Once the fire has spread smoke can accumulate taking away oxygen and creating toxic fumes that can cause people and pets to pass out from smoke inhalation.

Austin Texas Home Fire Claims (Aluminum Wiring)

When purchasing, renting, or deciding to live in an older home it is important to know when it was built and if it was built with aluminum wiring in it. This is because many homes built in the 1960s and 1970s were built with aluminum wiring that can over heat and cause a fire. Additionally, over time the aluminum wiring in these homes typically deteriorate making the risk of an accidental electrical fire increase.

If you own or are thinking of buying or renting an older home it is important to know if you have aluminum wiring. If your home will have aluminum wiring, it is also a good idea to review the Consumer Product Safety Commissions Recommendation for Aluminum Wiring in Homes and to make sure that your home has working smoke detectors. This knowledge can help avoid a fatal home fire or fire tragedy.

Austin Texas Home Fire Claims (Aluminum Wiring & Defective Smoke Detectors: Increased Risk of Fatal Home Fire)

Both aluminum wiring and defective smoke detectors increase the risk of a fatal home fire that could cause devastating loss of life, serious burns, catastrophic injuries, and significant property damage. It is always best to lower these risk as much as possible for your health and safety as well as that of your family.

Austin Texas Home Fire lawyer handles fatal fire claims and other accidental fire claims that cause serious injuries, significant loss of property, or death. Recovering from a home fire, can be difficult. Not only is there the loss of life or serious injuries to deal with, but the actual clean up and rebuilding. From the fire damage to smoke and fire suppression damage, residential fire claim typically require significant resources to clean up and rebuild the home. As such, it can be extremely difficult to deal not only with the loss of life, injuries, and damages, but to also deal with the builder, insurance company, or other large company that may be responsible for the home fire.

For more information on fatal home fires, defective smoke detectors, or aluminum wiring, please go to the following web page on Texas Fatal Home Fire Claims.

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