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The Dangers of Inflatable Pools

Although they are very popular among families across the U.S., inflatable pools can pose life-threatening dangers. These products are often poorly made, structurally unsound, or have design flaws, primarily due to cost constraints. The result is often a poor design that lacks essential safety features. When an inflatable pool collapses or fails in any way, people (and often children) may suffer serious injuries.

Commonly Reported Inflatable Pool Defects

Given their low cost, inflatable pools are designed with various defects.

  • Inflatable pools are made of a flexible PVC plastic lining, which requires multiple chemical additives during the manufacturing process. These additives are what provide flexibility, heat and sunlight stability. Perfectly safe materials are available but raise the cost slightly. Instead, manufacturers opt for the cheaper materials. The problem is that the cheaper formula is well known to be cancer causing. Children are exposed – either by direct contact or by inhaling these cancer-causing chemicals. The manufacturer could easily have chosen a safe material for a few more cents, but most often will opt for the less expensive material.
  • The PVC lining itself is typically thin, flimsy and inadequately reinforced to support the stress of thousands of gallons of water. The pool can be structurally unstable and prone to collapse, trapping an unsuspecting child under water. This is particularly so when the pool is erected on a surface that is not level.
  • Inflatable pools are typically lacking in adequate filtration. Many have no filtration at all. This leads to the real threat of a child contracting a water-borne infectious disease. Severe illness and even death can result from exposure to dangerous pathogens.
  • More recently there have been numerous lawsuits based on poorly designed inflatable slide ladders that were sold as part of certain inflatable pools. There have been multiple deaths recorded.

There are many other design defects associated with inflatable pools, and this list is not exhaustive. If a design defect with an inflatable pool caused you harm, you have the right to take legal action to protect yourself and your loved ones and get the justice you are owed.

Inadequate warnings

Another way in which a product is deemed defective is if it has insufficient warnings and instructions. It is encumbered upon the manufacturer to provide reasonable warnings, particularly for risks that are foreseeable. Proper warnings are inexpensive, and therefore it is inexcusable when they are lacking. Examples of inadequate safety labeling include warnings for appropriate use, sanitation, surrounding fencing or safety covering.

Contact Us

If a defective inflatable pool hurt you or someone you love, make sure to contact an attorney right away. The team at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers may be able to recover damages not just from the manufacturer, but from any party that may be involved in the product’s chain of distribution, such as the retailer and wholesaler. We will fight to get you all that you deserve.

You need an attorney who is experienced in litigating product liability cases such as defectively designed inflatable pools, and we are prepared to help you. Contact us at (203) 397-1283 or fill out a contact form to schedule a consultation with us today.

Is it Safe to Use a Kerosene Heater in your Home?

kerosene heater - defective productsHow many times have you turned on the news, only to hear about a child who was burned or a fire that was caused by the use of a kerosene heater? It’s been estimated that there are 50 deaths in the United States each year caused by kerosene heaters. Your first thought on hearing of these incidents may have been that the heater’s owner used it improperly, but that’s not always true. In many cases, it has turned out that the heaters were defective products, designed or manufactured improperly or sold without proper instructions or sufficient warnings. In one such case, a toddler suffered second and third-degree burns after her pajamas caught fire when she simply passed by a unit whose safety cage failed.

Kerosene heaters are not always unsafe. There are manufacturers and designers that are diligent, and who provide appropriate warnings and instructions, and in these cases, these portable units can be safe to use in your home as long as you follow all of the appropriate safety precautions. Here are guidelines for their safe use:

  • Check to make sure that the unit has been UL approved
  • Choose a model that does not require the use of matches. A kerosene heater should have a battery-operated lighting device.
  • A kerosene heater should have a safety shut-off feature
  • Never leave a kerosene heater unattended.
  • Make sure that the room in which the heater is placed is adequately ventilated.
  • Check the wick regularly and clean it when it gets dirty.
  • Wipe up any kerosene that has spilled immediately.
  • Kerosene heaters are not meant to be used in small rooms, and their use in bedrooms is particularly problematic.
  • Always use 1-K grade kerosene.
  • Do not place kerosene heaters within several feet of furniture, drapes and curtains, clothing, bedding, or other flammable items.
  • Do not place kerosene heaters anywhere near aerosols, lacquers, gasoline or other combustibles.
  • Keep small children and pets away from kerosene heaters.
  • Do not try to move a kerosene heater that is burning.
  • Turn kerosene heaters off before going to sleep.
  • Do not try to refuel a kerosene heater when it is hot.

Kerosene heaters that are properly designed still require careful use in order to ensure safety. If you or someone you love was injured or suffered any type of damage due to a kerosene heater that was defective, you need an experienced advocate to stand up for your rights. Contact the professionals at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today.

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