Since they were introduced in the 1970s, smoke alarms have cut the number of fire deaths in half. Unfortunately, 20 percent of homes in the United States do not have properly working smoke alarms, putting many people at a needless additional risk of a fire-related injury. Property owners have a responsibility for installing fire alarms to protect tenants and guests from a possible fire and if they do not, they should be held accountable.
Many people believe flames are the most dangerous part of a fire, but inhaling smoke can be just as, or even more dangerous. Smoke inhalation can destroy an individual’s lungs and may prove to be fatal. If you or someone you know has suffered from smoke inhalation and believe a negligent party is responsible, contact the Green Bay premises liability lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options.
Roughly 50 to 80 percent of all fire deaths are actually from smoke inhalation. When you inhale smoke, not only does the gas burn your lungs but it can also give off toxic fumes. The extent of harm caused by smoke may be seen in the symptoms. Symptoms of smoke inhalation include:
Treating smoke inhalation can be very involved and costly, and you should not have to bear that expense if you were sickened on another party’s property due to their negligent actions.