If you’re a parent, you’re probably more aware than anyone else that accidents can happen anywhere at any time. Health and safety measures are employed to prevent accidents at work and slips, trips and falls, but what can you do at home? Fire safety is something every parent should be aware of. Here are five fire hazards every parent should look out for in their home.
Fire hazards every parent should be aware of
- Trailing wires: it’s often impossible to hide every wire in the house, but trailing wires are one of the most common fire hazards every parent should be aware of. If you have got appliances plugged in, try and ensure that the wires are firmly secured. Children can easily trip over wires, which can cause accidents and may result in a fire.
- Candles: candles and young children don’t tend to mix very well. If you are burning a candle, make sure you supervise children at all times and leave candles out of their reach. Blow out the candles if you leave the room.
- Hair styling tools: leaving electrical styling tools lying around doesn’t just carry a risk of burns. There is also a danger of house fires. These items are fire hazards every parent should be wary of. Leaving straighteners and curling tongs on is one of the most common causes of house fires in the UK. If you are using heated styling tools, make sure you switch them off when you’ve finished and leave them out of your child’s reach.
- Pans: children tend to reach and grab for things and leaving pan handles within your child’s grasp may carry a risk of fires and severe burns. If you’re cooking, try and keep children out of the kitchen. If your children are in the kitchen with you, try and ensure pan handles are pointing away from them so that they cannot reach them.
- Matches and lighters: even very young children can do serious damage if they come across matches or lighters. They may be able to create flames without even knowing what they’re doing. Always make sure that matches and lighters and stored in locked cupboards or placed on shelves out of the reach of children.
Compensation for fire-related accidents
Sometimes, it’s impossible to prevent work accidents, slips and trips and accidents at home. In other cases, there may be a preventable cause.
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice