Smoke Alarm Failures Kill Hundreds Each Year

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Smoke/fire detectors are one of the most basic safety measures you can take for your home, workplace or any other facility but, at the same time, it is also the most effective tool to save your life in the event of a fire.

It is estimated that two-thirds of fatalities caused by fires in homes took place on properties lacking proper fire alarm systems. At the same time, three out of five deaths caused by a house fire happened because the alarm system failed to go off.

Due to the dangers of a fire, building owners are required by law to install fire alarms and perform periodical inspections to assess the device's operating conditions. Failure to do so may render them liable for any accident caused by a fire on the premises.

However, landlords and other building owners may fail to realize the importance of such a basic and cheap safety measure and the aftermath can prove catastrophic. Moreover, some alarm systems come out of the production line and arrive at the consumer with dangerous design or manufacturing defects that make them unreliable and ineffective. In such cases, the manufacturer could be held liable for the product malfunction and it may be possible for you to file a claim against them for your injuries.

If you were a victim of a fire alarm malfunction, or lost one of your loved ones in such tragic circumstances, do not hesitate to contact The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary for legal guidance and help in understanding your rights, as well as legal representation in the case of a lawsuit against those at fault for your losses. We are an experienced law firm specialized on personal injury law, and we've dealt with countless cases involving premises liability and product liability law.

Types of fire alarms

There are two technologies widely used by smoke alarms: ionization and photoelectric. The majority of smoke alarms use the ionization technology which, does not detect smoke. Instead, these alarms detect heat, and when they do it (if they do it at all), the sleeping occupants may have already inhaled large quantities of toxic fumes and may be already dead, or at this point, escape is impossible. If you have been injured due to an ionized fire detector failure to alert, you need to talk to a specialized personal injury lawyer.

The other technology used in smoke detectors is called photoelectric, and these type of alarms do indeed detect smoke. They are considered to be more efficient because they can "see" the smoke, and go off sometimes an hour earlier than ionized smoke alarms. However, they are still prone to malfunction due to manufacturing defects, incorrect install, or improper maintenance and they still cause countless casualties each year.

Establishing liability

Injuries caused by fire are usually complicated in nature and establishing liability is a lengthy and challenging process but, we have many years of experience in dealing with cases like these and we can walk you through it step by step, and make sure those responsible are held accountable. Usually, the following parties can be held liable in the event of a fire-related injury:

  • The landlord or other types of property owners
  • The company that installed the devices
  • The company that manufactured the devices

Contact The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary for a free case evaluation

If you have suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a fire that could have been prevented through a properly working fire alarm system, it is extremely important to contact a product liability or premises liability attorney as soon as you are physically able to, these cases are usually very time-sensitive. We are prepared to fight for justice on your behalf and recover compensation for your sustained damages.

Call us today at 305.416.9805 and once we discuss your details we will be able to tell you if you have a case and we'll answer any questions you might have.

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