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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    What anti-injury gadgets can I install around the home?


    The most common accidental injuries in the home are injuries by electrocution or fire; injuries caused by slips, trips and falls, and injuries by scalding or burning. With that in mind, you may want to install some anti-injury gadgets in your home to minimise the risk these hazards pose on you and your family.

    Smoke alarms and circuit breakers

    Naturally, the first step to effective prevention of injuries by fire or smoke inhalation is to install and properly maintain smoke alarms. In order to prevent injuries by electrocution, it helps to install circuit breakers that automatically cut off the power if a wire is accidentally cut or a piece of equipment develops a fault likely to short-circuit and causes an injury by electrocution. Children can be protected against injury by installing simple covers over electrical outlets, for instance.

    Slip hazards

    Injuries by slipping when trying to get out of the bath or shower can be prevented by installing well anchored grab bars and/or bath or shower seats. Anti-slip mats for the bottom of the bath or shower also help to prevent slip injuries in the bathroom. Elsewhere in the home, slipping injuries can be avoided by using slip resistant door mats, scatter rugs, and so on.

    Trip hazards

    Trip injuries are often the result of people tripping over clutter or wires. While there is no gadget to reduce clutter, wires can be kept safely out of the way with the help of wire tidies. These handy gadgets come in an array of shapes and sizes and will not only keep wires out of the way, but also help to prevent that hopeless, spaghetti like tangle of wires behind TVs and entertainment centres, computers, for example.

    Hot water

    Many scalding injuries at home are caused by taps issuing boiling hot water. This risk can be reduced by installing thermostats restricting the temperature to which the water is heated to a safe limit. Obviously, handling kettles, pots and pans with the utmost care also assists in preventing scalding and burning injuries.

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    Other homes and public places

    If you sustain a personal injury by slipping, tripping or falling, or indeed any other accident, in someone else’s home or in a public place because nothing was done to prevent such accidents, you may be entitled to claim for personal injury compensation.

    Making a claim

    Accident Advice Helpline, a company with 15 years’ experience in successfully conducting personal injury claims, can help you to get the compensation you are entitled to. Call our 24 24/7 advice line today on 0800 689 0500, to find out how to claim.

    Date Published: April 27, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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