As temperatures rise, many of us will be hitting the stores to buy items like garden furniture, barbecues and electric fans. When the sun is beating down, it can be tough to keep cool, but having a fan in your room can make all the difference. Generally speaking, it’s not warm enough for most of us to think about installing air conditioning at home, but a ceiling fan may be an option if you get hot during the night. If you’re thinking about fitting ceiling fans at home this summer, bear these safety tips in mind.
Injuries caused by ceiling fans
You may think that ceiling fans are harmless, especially given the fact that they are located far away from our reach, but you’d be wrong. Ceiling fan accidents may actually be much more common than you’d think, and they can be very serious in extreme cases. Examples of accidents that may be caused by ceiling fans include:
- Cuts caused by contact with moving blades
- Head injuries
- Injuries caused by the fan falling
It is very rare for injuries to be severe, but it’s always wise to take steps to minimise the risk of accidents. If you do have a fan at home, ensure that it is fitted properly by a professional and have it checked on a regular basis. Do not jump on the bed or do anything that may bring your head or any other body part into close contact with the fan. Supervise children at all times and turn the fan off when you’re not in the room.
Can I claim compensation for injuries caused by ceiling fans?
If you’ve been injured by a ceiling fan at home, you may be able to claim compensation if the fan was defective or it was fitted incorrectly. In this case, the manufacturer or the person you hired to fit the fan should claim liability for your injuries. If you were injured after putting the fan together and hanging it yourself, you won’t be liable to claim compensation for a defective product.
If you’re thinking about making a defective product claim and you’d like expert advice, why not give Accident Advice Helpline a call? We have over 15 years of experience in handling personal injury claims, and we can make the process of claiming no-win, no-fee* compensation stress-free and simple. If you’ve been injured after using a faulty product in the last 3 years, call now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.