Nobody wants to get up in the morning and think about house fires, accidents at work or slips, trips and falls. Sadly, accidents happen. It may be impossible to prevent some accidents, but there are steps you can take to try and reduce your chances of being injured in certain types of incident. If you’re eager to decrease the risk of fires at home, here are five anti-fire installations you may want to consider buying.
5 anti-fire installations for the home
If you look around your office, you’ll probably notice at least five anti-fire installations. UK employers have to comply with certain legislation to prevent fire damage and protect employees from work injuries.
At home, there aren’t any legal regulations to follow, but it may be a good idea to take a leaf out of your employer’s book and make your home safer. Here are five anti-fire installations which may help to reduce the risk of fires and serious injuries:
- Fire doors: If you live in a block of flats or you’re worried about fire safety at home, it may be worth investing in fire doors. Emergency lighting can also be beneficial.
- Smoke alarms: Smoke alarms will pick up traces of smoke long before you can smell or see it. This gives you time to react and get out before the fire spreads. If you don’t already have smoke alarms, it’s essential to install them as soon as possible. A smoke detector could save your life and it only costs a few pounds. Make sure you check the batteries in your smoke alarm on a regular basis.
- Fire guards: If you have an open fire or you use your fireplace, make sure you have a fire guard. This is particularly important if you have children or pets.
- Fire blanket: Fire blankets can be used to smother flames in the event of a small fire breaking out. Keep your fire blanket somewhere that is easily accessible.
- Fire extinguisher: It’s not a legal requirement to have a fire extinguisher at home, but using any of these five anti-fire installations may reduce the risk of serious damage and severe injuries.
Compensation for fire-related accidents
If you’ve been injured in a fire which was caused by faulty appliances or defective products or you’ve suffered a work accident or a slip or trip, you may be eligible for personal injury compensation.
Call Accident Advice Helpline to find out more about making a no-win, no-fee* claim for work accident compensation or public liability compensation. Our lines are open now on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice