West Virginia has the second highest death by fire rate of 37.2, after the District of Columbia. The relative risk of dying in a fire in West Virginia is 3.3 while the U.S. general population relative risk is 1.

A house fire is something that can change your life in ways you can’t imagine. They are completely preventable and cause damage through flames, heat, smoke, and water. Anything that didn’t burn will still need to be carefully cleaned to reduce sickness from soot and dirty water left on items.

Top ten fire safety tips from NFPA:

· Watch your cooking. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.

· Give space heaters space. Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn.

· Smoke outside. Ask smokers to smoke outside.

· Keep matches and lighters out of reach. Keep matches and lighters up high, out of the reach of children, preferably in a cabinet with a child lock.

· Inspect electrical cords. Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs, or loose connections.

· Be careful when using candles. Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn.

· Have a home fire escape plan. Make a home fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year.

· Install smoke alarms. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

· Test smoke alarms. Test smoke alarms at least once a month and replace conventional batteries once a year or when the alarm “chirps” to tell you the battery is low.

· Install sprinklers. If you are building or remodeling your home, install residential fire sprinklers.

After a house fire, be sure to take care of yourself and your family. Get help from local disaster relief services. Keep any pets away from the damaged home to prevent them from wandering inside. Don’t enter your home until the fire is completely out and the fire department considers it safe. Be sure to contact your insurance company about what to do next as far as the needs of your home and itemizing all personal items. All personal items that were damaged will need to be replaced such as, driver’s license, insurance policies, military discharge papers, passports, birth, death, and marriage certificates, wills, divorce papers, and plenty of others. Money can be replaced, if more than half is okay from the fire, by mailing it in to the Department of the Treasury Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the Superintendent U.S. Mint.

Attorney Timothy Manchin established the Manchin Injury Law Group in 2011 after his law partner of more than 25 years became a West Virginia circuit court judge. His focus is on helping individual clients and entire families victimized by negligent acts.

  • Taylor Downs was easy to talk to (I do not speak the legal language well!) and was very upfront and honest about the entire process of my case. He kept me updated as the case progressed, and answered my relentless questions. The end result was a favorable settlement that I’m not sure could have been any better with anyone else. In short, go see Taylor if you have a case. Don’t be intimidated to go seek his help, he won’t blow your brains out with “legal speak”.


  • Being referred to Taylor was the best thing I could have asked for. Taylor and staff are very easy to talk to. I would highly recommend them to anyone.


  • If I ever have to go through it again I would definetly call Taylor right away. The group was so helpful through my situation and handled everything that needed to be done. They made a stressful situation a stress free situation. With Taylor you dont have to worry about one thing. Definietly would recomend to anyone.

    - TAYLOR G.

  • Efficient, knowledgeable, and friendly.


  • Taylor and Tim helped make a difficult moment in life, a little more bearable. Easy to communicate with and informative. I will absolutely recommend them to everyone.


  • Manchin Injury Law Group, Took care of me when I got into a car accident while I was pregnant. Very scary moment for a first time mom but thankfully Manchin Injury Law Group had my back and treated me great. They made me feel as if I was part of their family. My son is now 7 Months Old and very happy and healthy. I’m very thankful for them for helping me through everything and getting me what we deserved. I 100% would recommend them to anyone. If I ever have an accident again they will be my number 1 phone call!


  • The support given helped me to feel like I was included in my personal injury case every step of the way. I was informed about the entire process throughout. It was amazing how quick the turn around time was and I would definitely recommend Attorney Timothy J. Manchin to anyone!


  • Taylor and Kelly worked hard on my case so I didn’t have to. Thanks guys!


  • Excellent experience dealing with Manchin Injury Law. They were very responsive, professional and easy to talk to. I did my homework before I hired a lawyer after my accident and I am so glad I found Manchin Injury Law Group. If you are injured, give them a call!


  • Taylor and Tim helped make a difficult moment in life, a little more bearable. Easy to communicate with and informative. I will absolutely recommend them to everyone.


  • Kelly and Taylor did all the hard work so that I didn’t have to. They both cared about my circumstance and got me a nice settlement. Taylor knows what he is doing and I felt comfortable with my case in his hands.


  • Great lawyers. They helped me with a West Virginia case.


  • Such a great experience with Taylor and this firm. Thankful for their diligence and their work on our case. Thank you to all!


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  • My experience at the Manchin Injury Law Group was extremely positive, and I would recommend them to anyone who needs a compassionate and experienced lawyer on their side.


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