A Working Smoke Alarm Can Save Lives

Cory P. Whalen - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyNovember 20, 2013

It’s fall in Minnesota! As the weather turns colder, the clocks turn back, the heaters turn on, and the risk for fire burns sky-high. Now is the time of year to check the batteries to your smoke detectors. At SiebenCarey, we see an unfortunate number of accidents resulting from fire. One young boy died several years ago of smoke inhalation at a birthday party sleep-over because the parents of the house failed to check the batteries in their smoke alarm. He and several other party-goers would be alive today if a functional smoke detector had been in place. We urge you to protect the lives of yourself, your friends and your family, and make sure your smoke detector is up-to-date, has new batteries installed, and is in full working condition. 

Most residential smoke detectors run on 9-volt alkaline or carbon-zinc batteries. When these batteries run down, the smoke detector becomes inactive. Most smoke detectors will signal a low-battery condition, but you should not rely on this to warn you to check the batteries. It is estimated that any given time, roughly 30% of the homes in the US and UK do not have working smoke detectors, simply because users remove the batteries, or forget to replace them. One simple way to remember to check your smoke alarms each year is to associate this necessary safety act with the inevitable act of turning your clocks back each fall. This year, firefighters handed out free batteries on November first to remind everyone to check the batteries in their smoke alarms when they turned their clocks back. 

Please be safe this fall; remember that a working smoke detector could end up saving your life, or the life of someone precious to you.

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I was involved in a car accident that was complicated at best. God blessed with me Eric Beyer as my attorney. Although it was a long drawn out process between the two insurance companies, Eric was not only my attorney, he was my rock.

Eric is one of the most ethical people I have ever met in my lifetime. He was a constant source of not only information, but of comfort throughout the whole process. I never doubted for one moment that Eric did not have my best interest at heart. He took every word I said seriously and did what he had to do. If I ever have the misfortune of another injury like this, I would go to no one other than Eric Beyer. I will never in my lifetime be able to thank Eric enough or let him know how much I respect him and what a comfort he was and has continued to be for me. God Bless you Eric Beyer.

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The process seemed to take more time than I anticipated and especially long delays with the Covid, no fault of your office or my attorney Matt Steinbrink. Matt and his staff were excellent. My case was emotional for me since my accident occurred when we were in route to the bedside of our dying son. Matt was kind and very sensitive to my situation as was his staff, in particular Rachel who I dealt with this past many months. I felt time was taken to prepare me for all that was to take place including the deposition and follow up on each step. I appreciated how professionally my case was addressed. I would recommend Matt Steinbrink to others and use his expertise if I ever have a future need!

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Jeff Adams

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SiebenCarey is a great personal injury law firm that really cares about their clients.  Highly recommend!

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