Gas explosions frequently occur on construction or other industrial sites due to the proximity of chemicals and other combustible materials. However, gas explosions can also happen at home. Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) is commonly used for home barbecues, RV appliances, and heating and cooking appliances. And while LPG has proven to be exceedingly useful for domestic purposes, it is also a frequent cause of gas explosions at home.
Depending on the nature and location of the explosion, the consequences can be devastating including:
- Property damages—to vehicles, appliances and homes
- Burn injuries—from minor to severe
- Traumatic/emotional distress—such as PTSD or other psychological reactions
- Death—from smoke inhalation and severe burns
To help avoid the risk of a gas explosion you should:
- Keep LPG tanks or any other type of combustible away from flammable materials such as matches, lighters, lit candles, campfires, etc.
- Turn off gas tanks when not in use.
- Check tanks or other combustible material containers regularly for cracks, leaks or other potential hazards.
- Do not leave cooking food unattended, including barbecue grills.
- If you detect the smell of gas, do not turn on any type of electrical appliance because any kind of spark can ignite an explosion.
Gas explosions whether domestic or industrial can cause severe damage and injuries and give way to numerous San Francisco personal injury claims. By practicing preventative safety measures, the life you protect may be your own.
Contact a San Francisco personal injury law firm
All too often negligence and/or product malfunction cause gas explosions resulting in serious injuries and even death. If you or a loved one has been injured in a gas explosion, contact us online or call 866-288-6010 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.