Defrosting your fridge seems like a straightforward task with little to no risk of sustaining personal injuries in the process. In reality, simple mistakes can lead to a variety of common accidents when defrosting your fridge.
The most common accidents when defrosting your fridge
Water running onto the floor, bits of broken-off ice, and carelessly deposited bowls, buckets and food containers are responsible for many slips, trips and falls, which are by far the most common accidents when defrosting your fridge.
Other common accidents when defrosting your fridge include:
- Injuries by electrocution while defrosting a fridge with a hair dryer
- Injury by electrocution when using fans to defrost a fridge
- Injuries by scalding while placing bowls of boiling hot water into the fridge to speed the defrosting process
- Injuries by cutting or stabbing when using knives and other sharp or pointed objects to loosen large chunks of ice
Injuries by slipping, tripping and falling; electrocution, cutting and scalding can be easily prevented by:
- Keeping equipment well out of the way, preferably off the floor, such as buckets, bowls, and so on, and tubs or boxes of food you had to remove from the fridge prior to defrosting it
- Making sure you are not standing in a puddle when using a hair dryer or placing any fans/fan heaters into puddles
- Never using sharp or pointed objects to loosen ice, but waiting for ice to get loose enough on its own before removing it by hand or with a warm cloth or a spatula
- Not over-filling and carefully handling bowls of hot water
If you happened to sustain an accidental injury, be it by a slip, trip and fall or any other kind of accident while visiting a supermarket or local store in the process of defrosting their fridges, you could be eligible to claim for personal injury compensation.
Making public liability claims makes it necessary for you to enlist an experienced injury solicitor. Our in-house solicitors have in excess of 15 years’ experience in handling personal injury claims.
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice