Millions of Texas residents live in apartment complexes across the state. Many of these facilities have multiple stories to accommodate a larger number of occupants. While the multi-level living arrangement doesn't usually pose a problem, there could be difficulties in evacuating a facility like this when building fires occur. A recent fire at an apartment complex in Butler left several injured after their attempts to escape.
Living in a house that is susceptible to building fires can be a hazardous option, to say the least. In such a building, succumbing to carbon monoxide inhalation is a more probable likelihood, let alone the scorching consequences of a building fire. Mainly aggravated by a defective sprinkler, it is abundantly clear that residence in such a building such be avoided at all costs. Based on a 2011 report, Texas has gained a notorious reputation of claiming more lives through building fires compared to other States across the U.S. In a clearer perspective, 261 Americans lost their lives through Texas fires in 2011 alone. Such a shocking statistic comes in the wake of mass campaigns on the benefits of sprinkler installation within households.
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.