Fire Hazards and Burn Injuries

Fire hazards are everywhere, may it be at home, office, or even outdoors. This also means that you are at risk of sustaining burn injuries anywhere. Burns can be classified depending on their severity:

  • First-degree burns: Burns that affect the epidermis, or the outer layer of the skin. These burns are typically sustained from touching hot surfaces or objects, such as heated metals.
  • Second-degree burns: Burns that affect both epidermis and dermis, or the next layer of the skin. These burns are typically sustained from hot liquids, such as boiling water.
  • Third-degree burns: Burns that affect the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissues. These burns are typically sustained from direct contact with fire.
  • Fourth-degree burns: The worst kind of burns, affecting even the bones and muscles. These burns are typically sustained from huge fires and high-voltage electricity.

The website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® says that those who have been affected by explosions and fires may have legal options, such as demanding compensation. This is particularly viable on instances where somebody has been negligent, like when a construction company has failed to enforce safety precautions.

Common Fire Hazards

As said earlier, fire hazards can be seen anywhere. It is not exclusive to inherently hazardous areas such as construction sites. Below are some of the most common fire hazards that you should be cautious of:

  • Appliances, particularly those that involve fire and heat, such as stoves and microwaves
  • Defective appliances, even though they do not necessarily involve fire and heat, as defects and malfunctions can also cause fires
  • Equipment that may overheat, like desktops, laptops, and even televisions
  • Extension cords, outlets, and even entire building wiring systems, especially those that are overloaded
  • Flammable materials like curtains, bed sheets, mittens, and papers, especially if they are near fire sources
  • Other fire sources, such as candles and matches