Before your consider changing any light fixture, it is important that you understand the risks involved to help prevent accidents in the home.
While accidents such as slips, trips and falls are only really an issue if changing any light fixture at height, there are some general rules to follow when changing any light fixture in your home.
Rules to follow when changing any light fixture
When changing any light fixture you should bear some general health and safety guidelines in mind to reduce the risk of injury. After all, if you change a bulb incorrectly, you do run the risk of sustaining burns or electrical injuries.
Here are five rules to follow when changing any light fixture in your home:
- Ensure that all power to the light fixture is switched off and disconnected
- Allow all existing light bulbs to cool completely before handling
- Use a dry cloth or glove to protect your hand in case of breakages when handling bulbs
- Never attempt to use a bulb with an alternative fitting, nor one that exceeds the recommended wattage
- Dispose of old bulbs immediately
When changing any light fixture at height, you should be sure to use a ladder to reduce the risk of falls, which can cause injuries of varying severity, from fractures to fatalities.
Never attempt to change a light fitting with wet or damp hands.
Claiming compensation for accidents in the home
If you have been involved in an accident in the home through no fault of your own, and you believe a third party is to blame, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.
Whether you fell due to a faulty ladder, or suffered an electrical injury due to incorrect professional wiring, for example, Accident Advice Helpline can offer you guidance on how to make a claim.
Thanks to our 15 years’ experience, we understand that all accidents are unique. With this in mind, we offer a free initial consultation to all victims of personal injury. We use this initial consultation to uncover the basis of you claim, determining where liability may lie, and your eligibility to claim.
Getting in touch with us
For more information, and to receive your free initial consultation, speak with one of our specialist advisors today. Call us on freephone number, 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice