Recently, in Brooklyn, a gas explosion occurred in an apartment building, killing one and injuring thirteen. An additional occupant of the building remains missing. It is suspected that a gas stove caused the incident. According to the results of a preliminary investigation, investigators believe that that gas line was disconnected, leading to the explosion.
Many people like gas stoves for the convenience they offer in cooking. In fact, 38% of American households have gas operated stoves. However, they can also be quite dangerous, causing house fires, severe burns, and even death. Between 1999 and 2003, 75,200 home fires were caused by gas ovens and stoves. According to statistics, those incidents accounted for 350 deaths and 2,790 injuries.
In addition, gas stoves can also emit harmful levels of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide can cause headaches, nausea, and fatigue. If you have been suffering from such symptoms and have a gas stove, it is recommended that you should contact a health care professional immediately.
Some safety tips to follow when using a gas stove:
- Never leave the stove unattended
- Do not leave towels, boxes, napkins or other flammable materials near the stove
- Do not wear loose clothing around the stove top
- Remove pots from the stove top after they have boiled
- Make sure the stovetop is turned completely off after use
- Do not allow children and pets near the stove when it is in use
- Do not allow food to boil over the pots
- Never use the stove as a heating source for your home
- Always make sure your carbon monoxide detector has batteries
- Call the gas company immediately if you smell gas
If you have a gas stove, keep a fire extinguisher near by in the event of an emergency. If your gas stove causes a fire, evacuate immediately and call for emergency assistance.
If you have been injured by a gas stove, you may be entitled to compensation depending on the circumstances. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible who can advise you regarding your legal rights and remedies. Call Georgaklis & Mallas PLLC at (718) 238-2400 or (212) 779-2400.