Every year, people everywhere take the spring cleaning reason to give their homes and business premises a good clear-out and overall deep-clean. As a rule, this involves a whole lot of brushing, mopping, scrubbing and clearing out of old clutter. While it is obviously necessary to take care not to sustain any accidental injuries while spring cleaning, taking care of a few safety issues should also be part of this annual ritual.
Clutter and wet floors
Clearing up clutter and giving the place a good clean often begins by things getting even untidier than they were to begin with. As a result, slips, trips and falls are common spring cleaning accidents. Prevent trips and falls by keeping clutter, cleaning supplies and tools as much off the floor as possible and make sure others are aware of freshly mopped, wet floors
to prevent injuries by slipping.
Children and pets
If there are children or pets about, it is of vital importance to keep potentially harmful cleaning supplies well out of their reach to prevent injuries by poisoning or exposure to harmful substances. This also applies to buckets of hot water, which could easily cause injuries by scalding to young children or pets. Even cooler water knocked over by a pet or child could cause slip injuries, so keep an eye on them at all times.
Spring cleaning often involves moving furniture or lifting heavy boxes. Prevent manual handling injuries by never lifting or carrying more than you can handle, asking others for help with heavier objects and resting frequently.
While you are giving your home, office or shop a clean, check that your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are working properly and change their batteries.
Finally, fire extinguishers are essentials every home or business should have. Check existing ones are working and, if not, replace them. If you do not have any, now is the time to get at least one.
Spring cleaning mishaps
If you were injured by a slip, trip or fall on someone else’s premises during a spring clean, you may qualify for slip or trip injury compensation if the owner of the premises was responsible for your trip, slip or fall and your accident occurred no more than 36 months ago.
We, Accident Advice Helpline, have an experienced legal team capable of getting you the compensation owed to you quickly. Call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 (from your mobile) to get the claim process rolling today.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice