SMOKE INHALATION INJURY ATTORNEYS
Indoor fires create toxic gases and fumes that can lead to fatalities if inhaled. In fact, most fatalities caused by fires are due to smoke inhalation and not burns. Smoke contains dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide, which penetrate into the body and lungs. Smoke inhalation injuries are not always immediate. Sometimes, symptoms take days to develop. It is important to seek immediate medical attention after any contact with smoke, fumes or gases. Smoke inhalation injuries could lead to lifelong injuries and even death should they be ignored. Common side effects of carbon monoxide poisoning include:
Carbon Monoxide is especially dangerous because it can not be smelled (odorless) or seen (colorless). If a person is exposed to a large amount of carbon monoxide the results are fatal. So how exactly is carbon monoxide created ? Carbon monixide is produced whenever a substance burns. Inside dwellings, common sources of carbon monoxide include:
- Gas Stoves and Ovens
- Motor vehicles inside garage
- Water Heaters
CALIFORNIA LAW REQUIRES FIRE DETECTORS AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
Under California law and the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Prevention Act of 2010, carbon monoxide detectors are required in all dwellings intended for occupancy. Fire detectors are required in all residential dwellings in California. In addition, fire detectors and carbon monoxide detectors should be regularly checked to make sure they are in proper working condition.
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If you have been injured in a smoke inhalation accident and can not come to our office, we will come to you. Our smoke inhalation injury attorneys are ready to immediately assist you with your claim.