The number of fatal fires is up across the state, according to Indiana’s
Department of Homeland Security, totaling 70 fire deaths in 2017. From
January through October 11, 2018, Indiana has already seen 68 deaths.
Nationwide, 45,000 – 55,000 home fires are caused by electrical
failures or appliance malfunctions each year. The winter months are typically
responsible for nearly half of all home fires caused by appliances or
heating equipment. However, many times the source of the fire can also
be traced to a general contractor who was negligent in completing repairs
and faulty or recalled products including everyday appliances.
Most recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled more
than 616,000 water heaters made by Milwaukee-based manufacturer, A. O.
Smith. The recall is due to a fire hazard risk when the units are installed
on a combustible surface and includes both natural or propane gas-fired
water heaters. A. O. Smith says that it has received six reports of fires
occurring because of the recalled water heaters. Luckily, no injuries
have been reported. Recall specifics include:
These models make up the majority of the recall, which includes water heaters
with the first four-digit serial numbers between 1115 and 1631. Consumers
who believe they have a water heater included in the recall can check
the serial number on the website
WaterHeaterRecall.com. If in use, the water heaters should be turned off immediately.
Product liability refers to the responsibility of the manufacturer or producer of a product,
making a product available for the general public that is dangerous, defective,
harmful, or otherwise unsafe to use and does not meet the standards for
safety. The responsible parties can include the company that made or produced
the product, the maker of parts for a product, and/or the store that ultimately
sold the product to consumers. There is a possibility that A. O. Smith
and its responsible parties may face several product liability cases with
this recall because of the faulty design defect. Product liability injuries
and a tragic death may occur because the water heaters available for consumer
use, were defective, not safe, and did not perform within the manufacturer’s
One of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from home fire
hazards is to use electricity and electrical appliances responsibly.
If you hire an electrician or contractor to do work on your home, it is
critically important for your protection that you ensure he or she is
licensed, bonded, and insured. In Marion County and Indianapolis, General
Contractors are required to be licensed.
Fires can lead to devastating,
life-changing injuries and even death. They place a physical, psychological, social, and financial
burden on the victim and their families. If your or one of your loved
one has been injured or experienced loss due to a product, appliance,
or electrical system causing a house fire, our Indianapolis-based personal
injury attorneys may be able to help you put your life back together.
Wagner Reese now for a FREE consultation: (888) 204-8440.