Burn Awareness Week is observed each year during the first full week in February. It is organized by the American Burn Association and is used as an opportunity for organizations to bring attention to burn and fire awareness and prevention to our communities. This year burn awareness week will focus on electrical safety.
- A warm switch or outlet can indicate unsafe wiring, stop using these switches or outlets and call an electrician if they are warm.
- Always keep at least 20 feet of distance from a downed power line and call 911 to report it.
- Routine maintenance should be performed on electrical equipment and include looking for frayed cords, damaged insulation, and broken plugs.
- Always be sure to keep electrical devices and outlets away from water.
- HVAC equipment should be inspected annually by a qualified service professional.
- Never use broken or frayed electrical cords.
- Always plug major appliances directly into a wall outlet and do not use extension cords or power strips.
While it is important to be aware of electrical hazards and take the appropriate steps at home to prevent injuries, these types of injuries are not always your fault and are sometimes unavoidable due to others’ negligence. Sometimes a defective product like a stove or hot water heater or faulty wiring can cause injury. In these cases, an attorney may be able to help you seek compensation. After an injury, you can be left with questions, medical bills, and frustrations and an attorney may be able to help. If you or a loved one have suffered a severe burn injury from a defective product, faulty wiring at work, while visiting a residence or business, or another’s negligence, call the attorneys at Spiros Law and schedule your free consultation to discuss the specifics of your situation.