Fire Season and How to Protect Yourself
Learn how to protect you and your house during fire season, what entities are typically responsible for major wildfires, and what to do if the unthinkable happens to you.
Our summers and falls are getting warmer and dryer, and whether you believe in global warming or not, that means wildfire season in Greater Los Angeles and Southern California is more frightening than ever.
Fire impacts structures, land, and of course, people. Personal injuries due to fires can range from smoke inhalation, to first, second, or third degree burn injuries, wrongful death as well as fractures, dislocations, cuts, and abrasions from trying to escape a blaze. Property damage can range from partially destroyed to completely destroyed homes and structures.
Fire Tips to Protect Your Family
With more and more dire outlooks, it’s important to safeguard you and your property for what seems like the inevitable. Here are some tips:
- Create a “defensible space” of 100-200 feet around your home
- Use fire resistant materials when possible, especially for your roof, decks, and exterior
- Work with neighbors to ensure their properties are fire safe as well
- Make sure vents, windows, and chimneys are closable to keep embers out of your home
- Have up to date, readily available fire extinguishers and hoses
- Have your address clearly visible and a driveway that can fit emergency vehicles
- Have an evacuation plan and follow all evacuation orders immediately
(For additional, invaluable information please go to http://www.readyforwildfire.org.)
Negligence and Lawyers Who Can Help Rebuild
California fire negligence claims and lawsuits can be filed against at-fault parties that often include public entities, like utility and power companies, that fail to properly upkeep their infrastructure and cause a fire. For example, the recent Thomas Fire appears to have been started by Southern California Edison and the 2017 Northern California fires were caused by downed PG&E lines.
Battling behemoth public utility companies and public entities takes fortitude, resolve, and financial resources. With so much at stake, multiple plaintiffs, having to adhere to the California Torts Claim Act, layers of insurance, and other complex issues, it is critical to have a powerhouse Los Angeles law firm in your corner to champion your property damage or personal injury claims as potential at-fault parties will look for every angle to avoid liability.
The Dominguez Firm has experienced fire injury lawyers to assist and get you the compensation you deserve. If there is no recovery, there is no fee! Call now for a free consultation at 800-818-1818.