Technology is making life easier for all of us, but sometimes it can be dangerous, too. Here are the most dangerous household items. These are most likely to cause injuries by electrocution or fire.
Dangerous household items
Every year, dangerous household items cause approximately 350,000 injuries and 70 deaths by fire. Some of these injuries and deaths are caused by faulty appliances, many others are caused by misuse. The most dangerous appliances include:
- Ovens – Accounting for the majority of household fires and injuries, ovens and microwaves are at the top of the list of dangerous household items. Fires are mostly caused by misuse and/or build-ups of grease and grime, but some are caused by faulty products.
- Plugs and wiring – Next in line are faulty, ageing or damaged plugs and wiring. Overloading sockets also account for many injuries.
- Washing machines & tumble dryers – Here, friction caused by incorrectly revolving drums, lint build-ups in dryers and shorting electrical wiring are responsible for most fires and injuries. What’s more, faulty washing machines may leak, which also increases the risk of owners suffering injuries by slipping.
- Lighting – Poorly installed lights, loose fittings between lights and wiring and faulty sockets are the main culprits here. Bulbs touching light shades and faulty night lights or side lamps also cause many accidental injuries.
- Dishwashers – The overwhelming majority of fires caused by dishwashers is caused by faulty appliances.
Many accidents involving these appliances can be prevented by:
- Having appliances installed by trained professionals
- Regularly checking wiring and plugs
- Keeping appliances clean
- Using appliances correctly
- Never leaving appliances unattended when in use
Sometimes, however, new appliances may be faulty or installed incorrectly or sloppily by professionals.
Injured by faulty appliances
If you suffered an injury by fire or electrocution because an appliance you purchased was faulty or incorrectly installed by professionals, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim.
Accident Advice Helpline
Our helpful, friendly and sympathetic, advisors can help you determine:
- Whether you are eligible to claim
- Who is liable for your injury
They can also arrange to have one of our no-win, no-fee* in-house solicitors assigned to your case. Specialising in faulty product claims, this solicitor will have all the know-how and experience to bring your claim to a satisfactory conclusion fast and efficiently. Call 0333 500 0993 or 0800 689 0500 from your mobile or landline now to learn more.
Date Published: March 5, 2017
Author: Accident Advice