When it comes to DIY and home maintenance, there are always risks involved. If you plan to clear out your gutters and drains, clean the windows or lay some decking in the garden for the summer, it’s always best to bear simple health and safety tips in mind to reduce the risk of accidents, such as slips, trips and falls.
How to clean gutters safely
Gutters play an important role in preventing damage to the home by removing excess water following a rain storm or a prolonged period of rain. If your gutters become blocked, for example by leaves in the autumn months, this can cause water to pool, increasing the risk of damage to windows, doors and structural foundations. If your gutters are obstructed and this is preventing water from flowing freely, here are some simple tips to help you clear them safely and reduce the risk of accidents at home:
- always use a sturdy ladder with a firm base
- place the ladder on flat, stable ground
- ask somebody to hold the bottom of the ladder for you while you are climbing and descending
- make sure that somebody else knows that you are working on the roof
- never use ladders in adverse weather conditions, such as snow, high winds and ice
- wear gloves to protect your hands when clearing gutters
- wear suitable, non-slip footwear to prevent falls from height
- wear goggles and a mask if you are using a leaf blower
Claiming compensation for an accident at home
If you slip or trip in a public place, you may have a case for public liability compensation, but the terms for home accident compensation may be a little less straightforward. In the comfort of your own home, you are largely responsible for health and safety issues; however, if you are injured as a result of using defective products or you suffer injuries as a result of poor standards of service offered by a company or an individual, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.
If you would like advice about claiming compensation from an experienced team of personal injury lawyers, call Accident Advice Helpline today; our helpline is available 24 hours a day and the website also contains a wealth of information, as well as a 30-second eligibility test, which will give you an idea of whether or not you have a viable defective product claim.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice