Stop Wildfires Before They Start

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By some accounts, the city of Los Angeles is drier than it’s ever been. In the middle of such dangerous circumstances, the personal injury lawyers at the Nagelberg Bernard Law Group are offering tips geared toward helping citizens avoid sparking serious wildfires.

...negligence in a drought can make a person liable for the destruction of literally hundreds or thousands of acres.

Rain seems like somewhat of a myth right now in many parts of Southern California, with a record-breaking drought affecting the area.

Lest you think words like “record-breaking” are an exaggeration, the Los Angeles Times headline from July 15 says it all: “Downtown L.A. is now driest since rain records started in 1877.” The lack of rain is reaching unprecedented proportions, which means citizens have to make sure they’re not making decisions that could create a devastating wildfire.

In an environment where even the smallest spark could set a blaze alight, the Nagelberg Bernard Law Group wants to help. In his 30 years as a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, Larry Nagelberg has witnessed his fair share of both heavy rains and droughts, but he recognizes that this latest situation is a cause for concern.

“Normally, the personal injury situations we worry about are car accidents, slip and falls, those kinds of things,” said Mr. Nagelberg, “but these can’t compare to the havoc created by an errant cigarette or piece of burning refuse. While a person responsible for an auto accident could be held liable for the injuries and damages affecting the other vehicle and its passengers, negligence in a drought can make a person liable for the destruction of literally hundreds or thousands of acres.”

So that people are protected from wildfires and one wrong decision doesn’t lead to a massive amount of liability, the following tips are being offered by the Nagelberg Bernard Law Group.

•No Smoking- A person should refrain from smoking when they’re in a dry environment where even one spark could contribute to a blaze. This applies not just to people who might be out hiking or camping but to those individuals driving down a highway who are tempted to throw a cigarette butt out the window. Snuff it in the ashtray instead of tossing it to the curb.

•Camp Value- While no one should be dissuaded from taking in the great outdoors with a day of hiking and a night or two of camping, drought conditions mean that such circumstances must take place without the benefit of a campfire. A campfire can easily grow out of control even among the most responsible campers, so if people feel like they can’t camp without one, the trip might need to be delayed.

•A Hot Trend- Composting is a trend that has taken off among some citizens of Southern California, and while efforts to save the environment should be commended, these piles of trash can actually burst into flames if they’re not turned regularly. Avoid composting if the willingness to turn regularly and keep away from flammable substances isn’t there, and whatever happens, never purposely burn compost.

•The Leftovers- People may still have plenty of fireworks in their possession even this long after the Fourth of July, but that doesn’t mean those same people have the legal right to light them off, in the city or in the country. Rather than set off fireworks or even store them in an environment that could grow dangerously hot, contact local authorities to figure out the best way to dispose of such hazardous products.

•Heed Warnings- When a fire springs up despite the best efforts of all involved, persons in the nearby area must listen to news updates via the internet, radio, or television and react at once if told to evacuate. Dragging one’s feet or getting an attitude with the authorities only puts oneself and their family in danger.

•Talk To Kids- This is as good a time as ever to speak with children about not playing with fire. A child may not know better now, but it’s up to parents to offer the proper education so they will know better in the future.

•A Brush With Danger- Respect all rules governing the clearing of brush in the area surrounding property you’re responsible for. Clearing brush helps prevent the spread of wildfires and ensures you won’t be cited for a failure to reduce risks to nearby structures.

The Nagelberg Bernard Law Group represents the victims of numerous types of personal injury situations, including automobile accidents, dog bites, slip and fall incidents, defective products, and wrongful death in any of the above. They have guided injured persons through the legal process for more than 30 years and their efforts have helped secure more than $400 million in compensation for clients. Visit the Nagelberg Bernard Law Group at their Los Angeles personal injury website and receive a free consultation by following this link and filling out the form on the page.

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