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DWKMRS is known throughout the state of Florida as a firm that is passionate about strengthening the community and helping to address the needs of people who live, work or travel here.

Q&A with Dan’s Donuts with Dad

1. Dan’s Donuts with Dad: What is it all about and why should CP neighbors get involved?

DDWD is all about celebrating the joy of fatherhood. The concept started with several friends getting together with their kids and allowing the mothers to enjoy some time alone. It has evolved into an organization that promotes fatherhood in Central Florida, organizes free events for the community, and supports other organizations in the area. CP neighbors should want to get involved because DDWD is a representation of what makes CP so great. People come to CP because it is a tight community. How great is it to walk outside and see kids playing on the streets, families walking to local restaurants, and houses participating in holiday events? They say it takes a village to raise a kid. Well CP is an amazing village that should want to see the children of Central Florida thrive.

2. What made you decide on Trunk or Treat for your first annual Halloween event?

We decided to do trunk or treat because it was fun, and College Park has always had such an energy surrounding Halloween. It also allowed us to introduce local businesses (those who did the trunks) with the community (those who came to get treats). When we choose activities to do we want them to be fun, involve dads, and positively impact the community.

Central Florida Boy Scouts Eagle Class named for Bill Ruffier

DWKMRS partner Bill Ruffier has had a lifelong dedication to the Boy Scouts. In Central Florida, the Eagle Class is named each year with that of an outstanding eagle scout in our community. This individual is selected by the council leadership to honor their contributions to Scouting. This year, Bill Ruffier was selected for this honor.

The Council Recognition Banquet brings together over 900 top corporate and community leaders throughout Central Florida each year to honor both the recent Class of Eagle Scouts who achieved the highest rank in Scouting and the outstanding adult Scouters for their contributions to the Scouting program with the Silver Beaver Award. The Silver Beaver Award is the highest council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America.

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National Burn Awareness Week

February 1st through 7th, 2016, is National Burn Awareness Week.  Take some time this week as a family to learn how to care for a burn and more importantly how to prevent a burn from occurring in the first place. Our website contains several burn awareness resources that will educate you and your family.

Unfortunately, children are often the victims of a burn injury.  If you are a teacher or parent of a young child, we highly encourage you to visit our resource page and clink on the Shriner’s Burn Awareness link.  Here you can find activity booklets for children that help educate young ones on this important issue.  These activity books contain numerous safety tips and activities that you can do with children.

If your child likes to learn and play on the computer, introduce them to “Sparky the Dog” by clicking resources page.  Sparky the Dog a great interactive game that will educate your child on important fire safety procedures.

As personal injury attornies here in Central Florida, we’ve represented several children and adults who have been badly burned.  It is our experience with these victims and families that compels us to share this information.  On behalf of our entire staff here at Dellecker Wilson King McKenn Ruffier & Sos, I want to thank you for visiting our site.  Stay Safe and thank you for celebrating Burn Awareness week.

Gas Cans Pose Severe Burn Injury Risk

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, at least 11 deaths and 1,200 emergency room injuries were caused by gas can explosions since 1998. Each of these reports involved explosions while gasoline was being poured from a red, plastic gasoline container. Despite the explosion and burn injury risk associated with plastic gas cans, roughly 100 million are in circulation around the United States.

Gas Can Flashback Explosions

The type of explosion occurring within these gas cans is known as a “flashback explosion.” These explosions occur under specific chemical conditions. Scientific testing conducted at the combustion lab at Worcester Polytechnic Institute confirms the flashback explosion theory.

How a Flashback Works

During a flashback explosion, gas vapor escapes a can containing a small amount of gasoline. If this escaped gas comes in contact with a spark or flame, it can ignite. After the initial ignition, the gas can “flash back” into the can. If the gas inside the can is composed of a certain concentration, it can ignite as well. This can lead to a flame explosion with potentially catastrophic results.

Gas Can Explosion Injuries

In 2010, Robert Jacoby suffered severe gas can explosion burns on more than 75 percent of his body. He accrued $1.5 million in medical costs after four months of burn unit hospitalization and several skin grafts and surgeries. Jacoby claims that there was no source of flame at the time of the explosion. This claim was confirmed by a fire investigator during the investigation of Jacoby’s lawsuit against the can’s manufacturer Blitz.

Gas Can Explosion Death

In 2010, 19-year-old Dylan Kornegay died after an infection resulting from third and fourth degree burns. The gas can Kornegay was holding exploded near his leg shortly after he used the can to pour gasoline to start a bonfire. The resulting burns covered more than 80 percent of his body. During his six-week stay at a burn center, Kornegay underwent 15 surgeries, including a partial leg amputation.

Defective Gas Can Lawsuits

During the past two decades, more than 80 lawsuits were filed against gas can manufacturers in the United States. These product liability lawsuits allege that the gas cans are defective in design due to the lack of a flame arrester. A flame arrester is a small piece of mesh or perforated disk designed to disrupt flame. Flame arresters are currently included in products such as metal “safety” gas cans and fuel tanks. Fuel arresters are also featured in other flammable liquid storage containers, including rum and charcoal lighter fluid.

Delay in Jeep Recall for Burn Injury Risk

On June 4, 2013, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requested a recall from Chrysler for roughly 2.7 million Jeep vehicles. The recall included 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty models. The recall request occurred after the NHTSA reported that 51 individuals died in fire-related incidents caused by rear-end collisions in the affected Jeep models. After reviewing data, the NHTSA determined that these deaths were caused by defective gas tank design which increased the risk of fire.

Jeep Defective Fuel Tanks

The NHTSA concluded that the position of the fuel tanks in the selected Jeep models posed an unnecessary risk of fire and subsequent burn injury and death to drivers and passengers. In the event that the Jeep models are involved in a rear-end collision, the fuel tank placement may increase the risk of fuel tank puncture and subsequent gas leakage. As a result, a fire is significantly more likely to occur.

Jeep Recall Agreement

Initially, Chrysler denied the NHTSA’s recall request. The company stated that the NHTSA reached a conclusion that involved “an incomplete analysis of the underlying data.” However, two weeks later, Chrysler agreed to reach a recall agreement. In order to resolve the issue, Chrysler agreed to install a trailer hitch in roughly 1.6 million Jeep vehicles. The Jeep models to be recalled included 1993-1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee models and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty models. Chrysler stated that the trailer hitch will protect gas tanks mounted on the vehicle’s rear axle in the event of rear impact.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Models

Excluded from the initial recall request were 1999-2004 Grand Cherokee models. Instead of a recall, Chrysler agreed to conduct a service campaign on these vehicles. Non-factory trailer hitches in these vehicles are to be inspected for sharp edges. If necessary, these trailer hitches will be replaced. However, no action will be taken for these vehicles that feature no hitch or a factory hitch.

Delayed Jeep Recall

As of October 2013, Chrysler did not yet initiate the recall, despite an agreement with the NHTSA to contact the owners of the affected Jeep models. The NHTSA has not disclosed whether or not it agrees to move forward with the trailer hitch installation agreement that was reached in June. This is due to claims that a trailer hitch is not intended to protect a fuel tank, and may therefore be an inadequate solution to the issue. The NHTSA has also failed to disclose whether or not it will conduct crash testing to ensure that installation of a trailer hitch will improve the safety of the affected Jeep models. This crash testing was initially requested by the Center for Auto Safety.

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Klever Kids Pajamas Recalled for Burn Injury Risk

On August 20, 2013, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled roughly 7,000 sets of children’s pajamas and nightgowns manufactured by Klever Kids. The CPSC states that the pajamas do not meet federal flammability standards that apply to children’s sleepwear. As a result, the pajamas and nightgowns pose a burn injury risk to children. Consumers are advised to immediately return all pajama sets to Klever Kids for a full refund.

Recalled Children’s Pajamas

The recall includes Klever Kids 100% Pima cotton pajamas that were sold nationwide from September 2012 to March 2013. The recalled pajamas were sold in girls and boys sizes 2 through 8. They include two-piece shirt and pant sets with elastic waistbands. The pajama sets were available with both long and short sleeves. The recalled nightgowns featured short sleeves and a gathered shoulder hem.

Both of the recalled pajama sets were sold in a number of prints, including ballerinas, flowers, pink and white polka dots, paisley with green fabric edging, shark print, blue and black skeletons, and two-toned monster print with navy and blue. The recalled girls’ nightgowns were sold in patterns including ballerinas, flowers, pink and white polka dots, and paisley. The pajamas were sold in clothing boutiques nationwide at prices ranging from roughly $30 to $80.

Consumer Next Steps

Any consumers who purchased any recalled Klever Kids recalled pajamas should immediately stop using them and ensure that they are no longer accessible to children. Consumers are encouraged to contact Klever Kids to receive a full refund for the purchase. Fortunately, there have been no reports of incidents or injuries associated with the pajamas.

Reporting Incidents to the CPSC

The CPSC has continued to request information from consumers regarding any incidents or injuries that occur involving the affected Klever Kids pajamas products. The CPSC requests information regarding the discussed fire hazards, as well as information regarding other potential hazards from the same line of products. Consumers with information are encouraged to visit SaferProducts.gov to share information.

CSPC Children’s Sleepwear Flammability Standards

The CSPC’s federal flammability standards for children’s sleepwear are designed to help protect children from burn injuries. These regulations require that all children’s sleepwear is flame resistant. The sleepwear must self-extinguish in the event that a match, lighter, candle, or similar flame causes it to catch on fire.

Flammability standards cover sleepwear ranging from nine months up to size 14. All sleepwear garments and fabrics must either pass certain flammability tests or meet specified dimensions to be considered “tight-fitting.” The fit of the sleepwear is considered due to the fact that loose garments are more likely to catch fire than tight-fitting sleepwear. To learn more about federal flammability standards, consumers can visit the CPSC.gov.

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