Everyone wants to feel safe in their own home. When you get back from a busy day at work, all you want to do is retreat to your serene sanctuary and relax. Sadly, even the safest-seeming homes can harbour risks, especially if you have children. It’s impossible to prevent every accident at home, but it’s best to banish the most dangerous hazards. If you’re keen to become more safety conscious, here are some tips to help you prevent accidents caused by everything from blind cords to hair straighteners.
Common home hazards: what’s so dangerous about blind cords?
You may think that your average blind poses no risk at all to your safety, but think again. Blind cords can be incredibly dangerous, especially if they are left dangling which could cause severe injuries to young children. Blind cords can become trapped around the neck, and as you move to get out of the cord, they can become tighter and tighter. It is possible for blind cords to strangle children, and incidents like this have happened before. If you have blinds at home, always ensure that the cords are secured properly and that you keep cords out of the reach of children.
Other home accident hazards
Another common cause of home accidents is hair straighteners. Many teenagers and adults use hair straighteners on a regular basis. The trouble is that even on modern appliances, which turn themselves off automatically, it can take time for the straighteners to cool down. If a child touches the plates, they may end up with nasty burns. If you have older appliances, and you leave them on, there is also a chance that straighteners and curling tongs can cause house fires. When using heated styling tools at home, take great care.
Slips, trips and falls are also very common in the home. Try and keep corridors and staircases clear of obstructions, and fit stair gates if you have young children.
Can you claim compensation for accidents at home?
When you’re at home, it’s highly likely that you will liable for most accidents. However, you may be able to claim compensation for an accident at home if you weren’t liable for your injuries. If you used a defective product, for example, you could make a claim for faulty product compensation. To find out more about making a no-win, no-fee* compensation claim, call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: March 8, 2017
Author: Accident Advice