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Kerosene heaters are a popular heating option for many people who may rely on them as a primary heat source or for space heating.
One unfortunate result of this is that many Americans are injured every year by kerosene heaters. These accidents could be caused by faulty design of the heaters, lack of essential safety features, unintentional manufacturing defects, improper use as a result of poor design or documentation of proper use, user error, or in some cases, some combination of these factors. Kerosene heaters alone may be responsible for fifty or more deaths and many more injuries each year in the United States alone.
Because of these dangers, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has established extensive guidelines that kerosene heater manufacturers must follow in the design and manufacture of their heaters. These government standards include requirements that kerosene heaters include functional shut-off switches, safety devices to prevent the heaters from tipping over, proper ventilation mechanisms, and other safety features.
The primary risks of kerosene heaters include the risk of fire when heaters ignite flammable materials and the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from improperly vented kerosene heaters.
If you or a family member has been injured in an accident involving a kerosene heater, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer for the damages you've suffered. However, it's important that you act right away to preserve your legal right to compensation. An experienced product liability attorney can help you determine whether you have a case against a kerosene heater manufacturer.
The attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers have handled many defective product claims, and we have the experience necessary to ensure your rights are protected.
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