With little or no warning, a fire can sweep through an apartment building, leaving people homeless and causing injuries or death. The sad thing is, many, if not all, apartment fires are preventable, if only residents and building owners take some simple preventative measures. What are the leading causes of apartment fires, and how can they be prevented? The following information can provide answers to these questions. According to the National Fire Protection Association, apartment buildings were the scene of approximately 95,000 fires in 2015. These fires caused 405 civilian deaths and 3,025 civilian injuries. This sounds like a high number, but since 1980 the frequency of apartment fires in the U.S. has been slowly declining. A separate study conducted by the U.S. Fire Administration showed that these were the leading causes of residential building fires in 2014:
Following the discovery of the presence of an asphalt emulsifying agent in the municipal water supply on December 14, 2016, Corpus Christi officials issued a warning to residents about drinking municipal tap water. That warning was lifted on Sunday, December 15, but the event has raised serious issues concerning the safety of the water supply, who should be held responsible, and how to prevent future problems.
When you buy a product from a reputable manufacturer, you have a reasonable expectation that they put the product through extensive testing to ensure it is safe. Most of the time, this happens just fine and we enjoy our goods without worrying about safety. However, there are times when manufacturers either deliberately cut corners or make mistakes that lead to injuries.
As Texans, we can't take the threat of fire lightly. In fact, the Lone Star State is one of the leading states in the nation when it comes to fire deaths. Fires happen for a wide range of reasons, from cooking accidents and pure carelessness, to more sinister means like a code violation, faulty electrical equipment or defective alarms.