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Electrical Appliance Fire Attorney Houston

A house near the coast goes up in flamesThe Ferrell Law Firm, P.C. handles cases involving residential and commercial fires and explosions caused by faulty electrical appliances.

Steve Ferrell is Double Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, electrical fires in our homes claim the lives of 485 Americans each year and injure 2,305 more.

The Problem

During a typical year, home electrical problems account for 67,800 fires, 485 deaths, and $868 million in property losses.

The Facts

December is the most dangerous month for electrical fires. Fire deaths are highest in winter months which call for more indoor activities and increase in lighting, heating, and appliance use. Most electrical wiring fires start in the bedroom.

The Cause

Home Appliances
  • The home appliances most often involved in electrical fires are air conditioners, electric stoves and ovens, clothes dryers, dishwashers, older fax machines, central heating units, hot water heaters, space heaters,  televisions, radios, refrigerators, deep fryers, microwave ovens and electrical fans.
  • Two of the major causes of appliance fires are moisture contacting electrical appliance components and combustible material coming into close contact with a heat emitting part of the appliance.  Appliances such as dishwashers, hot water heaters and any outdoor appliances have a high risk of fire caused by moisture contact, while heat emitting appliances such as heaters, transformers and clothes dryers have a high probability of a fire being caused by a hot connection or an overloaded circuit.
  • Appliances that draw a large amount of current for extended periods of time such as heaters and air conditioners have a higher probability of a fire being caused by a hot connection or an overloaded circuit.
  • One fire hazard frequently associated with heavy appliances such as refrigerators or freezers is a short circuit at the power cord caused by some recent moving of the appliance which left the appliance sitting on top of the cord for a period of time.
Residential Fire Caused by an Electrical Applicnace

Residential Fire Caused by an Electrical Appliance

If you have suffered a property loss, a death, or a burn injury caused by a fire or explosion from a faulty electrical appliance, call Steve Ferrell at the Ferrell Law Firm, P.C. for professional legal representation. The initial consultation is always free and we do not charge a fee unless you make a recovery.
Call us today at (713) 800-0220.  We can help.

Houston, Texas Maytag Recall

Maytag Recalls 1.6 Million Refrigerators for Fire Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall of certain Maytag Refrigerators due to fire hazards. (To access color photos of the recalled products, see CPSC’s Web site at www.cpsc.gov.)

Name of Product: Maytag, Jenn-Air, Amana, Admiral, Magic Chef, Performa by Maytag and Crosley brand refrigerators
Units: About 1.6 million
Manufacturer: Maytag Corp., of Newton, Iowa
Hazard: An electrical failure in the relay, the component that turns on the refrigerator’s compressor, can cause overheating and pose a serious fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Maytag has received 41 reports of refrigerator relay ignition, including 16 reports of property damage ranging from smoke damage to extensive kitchen damage.

Description: The recall includes certain Maytag, Jenn-Air, Amana, Admiral, Magic Chef, Performa by Maytag and Crosley brand side by side and top freezer refrigerators. The affected refrigerators were manufactured in black, bisque, white and stainless steel. They have model and serial numbers printed on a label located on the top middle or left upper side of the refrigerator liner and have the following model and serial number combinations:

Serial Numbers ENDING with AND Model Numbers BEGINNING with
Side by Side
Refrigerators
AA, AC, AE, AG, AJ, AL, AN, AP, AR, AT, AV, AX, CA, CC, CE, CG, CJ, CL, ZB, ZD, ZF, ZH, ZK, ZM, ZQ, ZS, ZU, ZW, ZY, ZZ ARS, CS, JC, JS, MS, MZ, PS
Top Freezer
Refrigerators
AA, AC, AE, AG, AJ, AL, AN, AP, AR, AT, AV, AX, ZK, ZM, ZQ, ZS, ZU, ZW, ZY, ZZ AT, CT, MT, PT
Sold at: Department and appliance stores and by homebuilders nationwide from January 2001 through January 2004 for between about $350 and $1600.
Manufactured in: United States
The Ferrell Law Firm, P.C. handles fire cases caused by defective and recalled electrical appliances such as those manufactured by Maytag, Jenn-Air, Amana, Admiral, Magic Chef, Performa by Maytag and Crosley.
If you have suffered a fire caused by a defective refrigerator, or a defective electrical appliance, contact the experienced fire attorney Steve Ferrell at The Ferrell Law Firm at (713) 800-0220 for professional legal assistance.
Electrical appliance fires can be deadly

electrical appliance fires can be deadly

Recall of Siemens and Murray Circuit Breakers due to Fire Hazzard

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of Siemens and Murray circuit breakers due to a fire hazard.

About 2.2 million circuit breakers, load centers and meter combos were imported from Mexico by Siemens Industry Inc. of Alpharetta, Ga., and sold nationwide at hardware outlets form June 2010 through August 2010 for between $2.50 and $235.

The circuit breakers include a spring clip that can break during normal use, which can result in an insufficient electrical connection in the panel board. This can cause heat to build up, posing a fire hazard.

The recall includes Siemens and Murray single and double pole 15 through 50 AMP circuit breakers, load centers and meter combos, which contain a load center and a meter socket.

The circuit breakers involved in the recall are labeled with date codes 0610 or 0710. The load centers and meter combo units include date codes Jun 23, 2010, through Aug. 25, 2020.

Consumers were advised to contact Siemens for a free inspection and replacement, if necessary.

Consumers can call 800-756-6996 for information.

If you have a problem with a defective electrical appliance that caused a fire, contact The Ferrell Law Firm, P.C. for professional legal assistance at (713) 800-0220.

Every year, malfunctioning electric appliances cause fires

Malfunctioning Electrical Appliances can cause deadly fires