When Defective Fire Extinguishers Take Lives

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Around 2:30 am, a young man from West Chester, Pennsylvania was driving near a local university when his car suddenly veered off road where it hit a tree and burst into flames. First responders were on the scene within around five minutes.

As rescuers struggled to remove the man from the car, they tried to use fire extinguishers to knock down the fire. However, the safety devices didn’t work. Now, the company that made those defective fire extinguishers are facing federal scrutiny, and your safety may hinge on knowing what’s going on.

Beware! Defective Fire Extinguishers Are Being Recalled

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced that some 40 million fire extinguishers manufactured by Kidde are to be recalled. These fire extinguishers were built with plastic handles and push buttons; however, they can become clogged and malfunction during an emergency. The nozzles to these devices may also detach and pose an impact hazard.

The defective extinguishers are spread across a range of over 140 models manufactured between 1973 and September 22, 2017. They are sold online and at stores like Walmart, Sears, Home Depot and many other stores. If you have a fire extinguisher in your home, it’s important to check to make sure you do not have an affected model.

The faulty extinguishers that didn’t work for Pennsylvania fire fighters may have caused the young man from West Chester to perish. His family has since taken Kidde—manufacturers of these defective fire extinguishers—to court and a possible settlement could be pending. However, these devices were sold all over the country, and many more families may have been hurt when they tried to use their extinguishers.

Be careful out there, and check to make sure your fire extinguisher is safe by going to this website.

This warning was brought to you by the product liability attorneys at Fiore & Barber, LLC—protecting consumers when they are in need.

What Are the 3 Types of Distractions that Causes Distracted Driving Crashes?

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Did you know that there are three different types of driving distractions? Visual distractions make you look away from the road. Manual distractions occupy your hands and force you to release the steering wheel. Cognitive distractions are things that steer your mind away from the task of driving safely. It’s easy to understand how these types of distractions can affect your driving, but do you know what activities cause them?

The Distractions That Can Cause Distracted Driving

  • Passengers– Not many people realize that their passengers can also be contributors to distracted driving crashes. Depending on the circumstance, passengers can be a cognitive, visual or manual distraction, but are rarely all at once. Talking to someone else in the car can provide a cognitive distraction, looking at something a passenger is trying to show you can be a visual distraction, and if your child’s seatbelt has come loose, trying to buckle it while driving can turn into a manual distraction.
  • Adjusting Vehicle Features– Adjusting features on your infotainment system or navigation system can also cause a major distraction. You have to manually remove at least hand from the steering wheel to adjust controls on your vehicles console. The task of finding a station or that song you’ve been wanting to listen to can also take your eyes off the road causing a visual distraction. And if your infotainment system has layers of menus to sort through, then the problems it can cause while driving only multiply.
  • Smartphones– Everyone has a smartphone now-a-days, but this is one of the few devices that can engage every type of distraction at once. Texting involves you taking your eyes off the road, reading or thinking up a response, and taking your hand off the wheel to hold the phone and type. This is one of the reasons texting and driving is considered even more dangerous than drinking and driving. Even talking a voice call on your cell can be dangerous, because it can cause serious cognitive distractions even if you have a handsfree set.

There are plenty of things that can cause distraction while you’re out on the road, but drivers are responsible for driving our public roads safely. That means asking passengers to keep distractions to a minimum, setting up your vehicle controls before you drive off and silencing/turning off your smartphone while driving are practical responsibilities. Drivers can be held responsible for their negligence, and the automobile accident attorneys at Fiore & Barber are dedicated to protecting anyone who has fallen victim to negligent driving.

4th of July DUI in Norristown?

Independence Day is one of the greatest days on the calendar. America’s birthday, celebrating the rights and freedoms given to us all those many years ago. Most 4th of July celebrations include BBQs, family and friends, cold beer, and fireworks, of course. But, sometimes things get a little out of hand, and the celebration turns sour after a DUI arrest. Entire blog →

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Bit By a Dog In California: Do I Have A Case?

Thousands of individuals are bit by dogs each year in the United States. The majority of these attacks by dogs do not cause serious injuries, but some do result in time lost wages, medical bills, emotional distress, and pain and suffering. If you have been attacked by a dog in California, you may be entitled to an award of damages from the dog’s owner (or their insurance company) to pay for the costs you incurred as a result of your dog bite injury. Entire blog →

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4 points for the 4th of July

This year the Fourth of July falls on a Saturday. The legal holiday is Friday so we all have a three day weekend. Enjoy your mid-summer mini-vacation. However, the very worst way you want to celebrate the Fourth of July is in jail because you have been arrested for a DUI.

Did you know that?
1. Increased DUI Checkpoints.
Every year, in our areas law enforcement set up more DUI checkpoints on this holiday. These checkpoints are legal, and everyone is stopped regardless of reasonable suspicion.
2. Night Time is The Worst Time.
Most summer holiday parties end at sun down. However, this is not the case on the Fourth of July.
According to NHTSA, drivers involved in fatal crashes on July 4, 2012, had rates of impairment 2.5 times higher at night than during the day. In Pennsylvania the minimum blood alcohol level is .08 percent. Also, remember that driving with illegal substances, including prescription medications may result in a DUI arrest.
3. DUI arrests nationwide significantly increase over the Fourth of July holiday.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 10,322 fatalities involving drunken driving in all of 2012. Surprisingly, from 2008 to 2012, 765 people died in Fourth of July drunken-driving crashes, accounting for about 40 percent of traffic fatalities during the five-year period.
4. You May Spend Some Extra Time in a Holding Cell.
A three day weekend is a welcomed respite for most of us. However, if you are arrest for DUI is could mean an extended weekend in jail. The legal holiday means that the court system is also not working or at less than full staff. If you are arrested at the beginning of three three-day Fourth of July weekend, you may not see a judge until Monday or Tuesday.
Enjoy your weekend. However, keep these facts in mind when you are behind the wheel or thinking of getting behind the wheel this Fourth of July.
If you are arrested, remember to call Fiore & Barber, LLC, your DUI team at 215.256.0205.

 

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