LOS ANGELES, May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- When rainfall is at a low point like it is now in California, the air becomes much dryer and fires become more common. From brush fires to building fires, these blazes can put lives and property at risk. Now more than ever, it is extremely important for any building owners or managers to make sure that their building, whether it is commercial or residential, has all of the necessary fire safety measures in place. Especially during a time of increased fire danger, failing to properly inspect safety equipment or mark exits is extremely negligent behavior and can result in serious legal action if injuries result from a blaze. According to the Law Offices of Burg & Brock, there are three areas in particular that building managers must be mindful of to help make the occupants safe in the event of a fire.
- Proper Exits – One of the most crucial things that a building manager must ensure is that their building has properly marked fire exits, and that the paths to those exits are clear at all times. A blocked or obstructed exit can delay a person's escape from a burning building, and lead to serious injuries or death if not addressed. Make sure to report any of these obstructions if you happen to see them in your building.
- Up to Date Fire Extinguishers – Especially in high risk areas like a kitchen or restaurant, it is vital that fire extinguishers are both accessible, and have not expired. Many building managers will take for granted the fact that if a fire extinguisher is in place, it will work in the time of a fire. Yet, these extinguishers often become ineffective over time, so it is essential that they be checked and replaced, when necessary, to ensure that they work properly when needed.
- Working Alarms – For large, multi-level buildings, a properly functioning alarm system is often the only way to alert residents on all floors that a fire has broken out somewhere in the building. To make sure that these alarms work properly, they require regular testing. If you are unsure whether your building has a testing schedule in place, you should contact the building manager to see if he or she is doing everything they can to protect the occupants of their building from a fire.
If a building manager negligently fails to take these steps, and a fire breaks out that causes harm to the building occupants, the victims may be entitled to financial compensation. If you notice any insufficient preparedness in the building where you live or work, contact the building manager today to ensure that they are aware of the problem. If, on the other hand, you or someone you know has suffered a burn injury as a result of similar negligence, call the Law Offices of Burg & Brock today at (888) 509-2998 or visit the firm's website at www.legaldefenders.com for more information.
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SOURCE The Law Offices of Burg & Brock, Inc.