Leaving electrical appliances on overnight can put you and your family in considerable danger. Of course, some items need to be left on in order to work properly. For example, turning your fridge or freezer off every night is not a realistic proposition.
However, injuries caused by accidents with electrical appliances are a very real danger for a number of other items.
What are the main dangers of leaving electrical appliances on overnight?
The most significant danger of leaving electrical appliances on overnight is simply that you won’t react to danger as quickly. Say an electrical item malfunctions and sparks a fire in a different room. By the time you realise, it will probably be too late.
Leaving electrical appliances on overnight can lead to a considerable risk of fire. Appliances and the wiring can overheat before sparking into flame. Of course, most modern products have special features in place to prevent this. Fuses and other safety factors ensure the appliance turns off before a fire is sparked.
However, there is always a chance that this feature may malfunction. Furthermore, cheap, imitation goods imported from abroad may not have the same feature.
There are countless stories of counterfeit laptop chargers being bought from places like China going up in flames. This is because they are not subject to the same health and safety regulations and legislation as other markets.
On the one hand, this means you can often make significant savings. On the other, you are undoubtedly taking a risk with safety. The old adage of ‘you get what you pay for’ is never more appropriate than with electrical appliances.
Part of the reason avoiding accidents with electrical appliances is so important is the damage they can cause. In a matter of seconds, you can go from a peaceful night’s sleep to a disastrous fire.
Furthermore, the appliances themselves and the damage they cause can be extremely expensive to fix. With this in mind, it’s reassuring to know that financial compensation may well be available.
What can I do if I am injured by a faulty electrical appliance?
If you are injured by a faulty electrical appliance, call Accident Advice Helpline. Our expert advisors will be able to assess your eligibility to make a compensation claim.
From there, our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis and usually settle out of court. Call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.