In the winter months when the temperatures fall, many of us rely on our boilers to warm our homes and keep the cold out. As a result of increased use around the festive period, accidents involving a boiler are more common at this time of year. If you’re worried about your boiler or you’ve been injured in accidents at work or an incident at home, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and claim compensation in the event that you have been injured.
Common types of accidents involving a boiler
In the winter months, boilers and certain types of electrical appliance are used a lot more frequently and it’s advisable to ensure that they are in good working order in the run-up to the festive period to prevent work accidents and incidents at home, including:
- carbon monoxide poisoning
- leaking boiler
- boiler explosion
- steam leak
Staying safe during the winter months
The best way to stay safe during the winter months is to have your appliances, including your boiler, checked on a regular basis by a certified engineer. It’s also very important to have a carbon monoxide alarm in your home and to ensure that your smoke detectors are in good working order.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a major danger because it is often very hard to pre-empt or detect; it is known as a silent killer for this reason. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning may include:
- feeling dizzy and light-headed
If you have pets, they may also suffer symptoms, so watch out for changes in their health or behaviour. Carbon monoxide alarms are widely available and they could make the difference between life and death.
Can I claim compensation for an accident at work?
If you suffered work-related illness or work injuries as a result of negligence on the part of your employer, you may have a valid case for work injury compensation. If you suffered carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of a boiler not being properly checked or maintained, for example, experienced personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim a work accident payout. Our firm has been helping consumers to claim no win, no fee* compensation since 2000 and is supported by Dame Esther Rantzen. Call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile for more information.
Date Published: December 3, 2015
Author: David Brown