Night lights are small, seemingly innocent, and certainly helpful in alleviating children’s fears in the dark and lighting the way for them if they need to get up during the night, but are night lights dangerous? Night lights can pose a risk of potentially serious injuries unless in good working order and installed correctly.
When are night lights dangerous?
The question ‘are night lights dangerous?’ can be answered with ‘yes, they can be’ if they are:
- Installed close to long drapes, curtains or bedding
- Allowed to overheat, which could cause a fire
- Plugged within the reach of small children, as this increases the risks of injuries by burning on hot bulbs, babies or infants playing with them, which could result in bulbs breaking and causing injuries by broken glass or choking if put into the mouth
There is also a risk of injury by electrocution if your child spills water on a night light or tries to unplug or plug in the light.
It is therefore essential to install night lights well out of the reach of children and in open, well-ventilated areas away from bedding, curtains, and so on. Use of cool-touch night lights only is also highly recommended.
Are night lights dangerous even if installed correctly?
The question, ‘are night lights dangerous even if installed correctly?’ can also be answered with, ‘yes, they can be’. Products may be defective or have inherent faults that could cause injuries by fire, burning or electrocution.
Over the past five years, thousands of potentially dangerous night lights were, for example, recalled by:
Looking out for recalls or, better still, registering your night lights and other appliances at RegisterMyAppliance.Org.UK to receive immediate notifications in the event of a recall will go a long way towards preventing injuries by defective products.
When something goes wrong
If you or your child were injured by a faulty product, you could qualify for personal injury compensation. This not only applies to injuries by fire, burning or electrocution caused by night lights, but also to slips, trips and falls caused by leaking washing machines or indeed any other accidents involving faulty or defective new appliances.
We, Accident Advice Helpline, can help you make your faulty product claim and bring it to a successful conclusion quickly and efficiently. Take advantage of our in-house solicitors’ more than 15 years’ experience by calling our freephone helpline today.
The numbers to call from your home or mobile phone are 0800 689 0500 and 0333 500 0993 respectively.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice