When winter arrives, many people use space heaters and electric blankets to help heat their homes and keep themselves and their loved ones warm. But when a manufacturer makes a defective space heater or designs a defective electric blanket, property damage, serious injuries and even death occurs.
If you have sustained an injury, or lost a loved one due to a defective space heather or dangerous electric blanket, you are entitled to reimbursement for you harms and losses. These product liability claims help injured victims seek reimbursement for their loss, as well as protect others in the community from undergoing similar tragedies.
NOTE: If you have suffered an injury or lost a loved one due to a dangerous space heather or electric blanket, do NOT get rid of the product. Regardless of whether the blanket or heater is badly burnt or damaged, it is crucial you save the product for inspection.
Space Heater Liability
Unlike central heating units, space heaters are often used to heat small or closed-off rooms. Space heaters draw their energy from a variety of sources:
- Natural gas
- Halogen bulb
- Water or steam
The most obvious space heater-related danger is fire. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 120,000 residential fires each year in the U.S. are linked to coal-burning and woodburning stoves, kerosene heaters, gas space heaters and electrical heaters. That’s nearly 22 percent of all home fires, resulting in the deaths of almost 600 people each year. Some space heaters also pose a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. The CPSC reports that thousands of burn injuries and carbon monoxide poisonings occur each year as a result of space heater use.
Many different types of design and manufacturing defects can make a space heater dangerous. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) has recalled space heaters for such reasons as:
- Overheating and detachment of power cord connections
- Carbon monoxide leaks
Electric Blanket Liability
Electric blankets contain heating coils wrapped in insulated wires. When a blanket is plugged into an electrical outlet, the wires heat up, warming the blanket. Like space heaters, defectively designed electric blankets pose fire and thermal burn hazards.
Over the past several years, the CSPC has issued several electric blanket recalls for a variety of problems, including:
- Heating elements that overheat when the blanket is folded
- Faulty temperature controllers
- Plug connections that detach from the blanket, leading to overheating
- Loose connections that increase the risk of a short circuit and subsequent fire
How to Hire a Defective Product Lawyer
If you have been injured or lost a loved one as the result of a defective space heater or electric blanket, remember to save the product. Insurance companies will often try to deny valid claims if the product is lost or destroyed. Saving the defective device will allow experts to pinpoint the specific product flaw in your injury case.
Our defective space heater and electric blanket lawyers offer FREE consultations to injury victims. Our aggressive and compassionate injury lawyers are recognized as Top 100 Trial Lawyers and Life-Time Members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The intake specialists at The Dixon Injury Firm are standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 855-402-7274.