Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member andpartner
About 3,500 Americans die each year in fires and about 18,300 are injured. It is very important to have a working smoke alarm with a working battery
in your home. Fire departments recommend that batteries in smoke detectors
be replaced when clocks are changed for Daylight Saving Time. Many fire
departments even have programs offering free smoke detectors as well as
U.S Fire Administration Division of FEMA offers the following safety guidelines for fire prevention:
"Follow these 10 easy tips on smoke alarms:
- One of the best ways to protect yourself and your family is to have a working
smoke alarm that can sound fast for both a fire that has flames, and a
smoky fire that has fumes without flames. It is called a "Dual Sensor
- Place a smoke alarm on the ceiling of every level of your home and both
inside and outside bedrooms. Children and older people can sleep though
the loud sound of a smoke alarm. Make sure your escape plan includes someone
that can help children and others wake up immediately to escape from the home.
- If you keep your bedroom doors closed, place a smoke alarm on the ceiling
of each bedroom.
- Check smoke alarms monthly by pressing the test button.
- Never take smoke alarm batteries out to put into other items like games
or remote controls.
- Teach children what the smoke alarm sounds like and what to do when they
hear the alarm sound.
- If there is a fire, leave the home right away by crawling low under the
smoke and never go back inside.
- If smoke from cooking makes the alarm sound, press the "hush"
button, if your alarm has one. You can also turn on the kitchen fan, open
a window or wave a towel near the alarm until it stops making the sound.
Never take the battery out of the alarm.
- Most alarms need a new battery at least once a year. Some smoke alarms
have batteries that last for up to 10 years. If your smoke alarm is over
10 years old, replace it with a new alarm and a new battery.
- If you rent, talk to your landlord about placing a working smoke alarm
in your home. You still need to buy a new battery at least once a year
for the alarm."
In our business, we frequently see the consequences of not paying enough
attention to the life-saving benefits of properly-maintained smoke detectors.
Previously, we have posted the following blog entries relating to smoke
detectors and Daylight Saving Time:
Please be safe.
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About the author:
Mr. Zambri is a board-certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial
Advocates and a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan
Washington, D.C. The association recently named him "Trial Lawyer
of the Year" (2011). He has been rated by
Washingtonian magazine as a "Big Gun" and among the "top
1%" of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area. The magazine also describes him as
"one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers" who specializes in personal injury matters, including automobile accident
claims, premises liability, product liability, medical malpractice, and
work-accident claims. He has successfully litigated multiple cases against
truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority,
and other automobile owners. His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest
settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA. Mr. Zambri
has also been acknowledged as one of "The Best Lawyers in America"
by Best Lawyers (2011 edition) and has been repeatedly named a "Super
Lawyer" by Super Lawyer magazine (March/April 2010)– national
publications that honor the top lawyers in America.
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