According to statistics released by US Fire Administration (USFA), there were about 3,320 people who died because of fire and almost 17,000 others suffered injuries in 2008 alone.

Fire accidents as well as other mishaps during the holidays will definitely ruin the festive gatherings and celebrations of families and friends. After these accidents, some families would be inclined to stay at the hospital with an injured loved one than to celebrate Christmas without them.

Knowing how to extinguish these fires is an important thing to learn. But, it would be best to know the possible causes of these accidents so that they can be prevented and the safety of your loved ones won't be compromised. Here are some of them:

  • Defective equipments – Don't buy cheap products with poor quality as they can cause greater damages once they malfunction. Make it a habit to check whether the product has been inspected and passed the safety standards imposed by governing agencies. Have these equipments and appliances tested to make sure that they are working properly.

  • Overuse of electric appliances and decorations – When using decorative lights and heating equipments, make sure that they are not overused. If possible, put them on timer so that they won't overheat. Unplug these appliances when not in use to conserve energy and prevent accidents. Electrical fires should be put out with a CO2 fire extinguisher and can start from faulty wirings, blown fuses, and overloaded extension cords and sockets.

  • Kitchen fires – Never leave the kitchen while something is still cooking. Make sure that the gas tank, ovens, and stoves are shut off so that food won't be burnt and the flammable gas won't leak. When cooking, it would also be wise to avoid wearing loose clothing as they can easily catch fire.

  • Candles and flammable materials – When using scented candles for decorative purposes, place them in strategic places where they are not near any combustible materials and away from vents and windows where they can be knocked down by strong wind. Make sure that they can't be accessed by children and pets and never leave them unattended.

  • Hazardous chemicals – Flammable gasses and liquids, as well as adhesives and paints can easily cause fire. Make sure that they are kept somewhere safe and that their containers are sealed well. Also, put labels and signs regarding these combustible chemicals so guests won't smoke near them.

  • Smoking – Extinguish cigarettes before they are discarded as they can easily ignite fire. If you have guests that are smokers, provide them with ashtrays so that the cigarette butts would be disposed of properly. Also, keep them away from flammable materials to further prevent accidents.

A good Los Angeles personal injury attorney should be able to recover compensation for injuries and damages caused by negligence that resulted to fire accidents. Call these experts as soon as possible to be advised of possible legal remedies for your problem.