Many of us are aware of potential hazards related to accidents at work, but have you ever thought about hidden dangers that may be lurking at home? For instance, did you know there are risks involved in owning a hamster or a rodent?
Dangers of owning a hamster or a rodent
If you own a hamster or a rodent, you’re probably very fond of it. The chances are that you can cuddle and play with your pet without any worries at all. However, there are dangers associated with owning a hamster or a rodent.
The most common animal-related injuries include bites and scratches. A hamster or a rodent, such as rat, can give you nasty bites and lacerations. They don’t just hurt. They may also carry a risk of infections, such as tetanus.
If you’ve been bitten by a hamster or a rodent and you haven’t had a tetanus jab in the last ten years, it’s a good idea to call your GP and ask for advice. The risk of developing any kind of infection is probably very small, but its always better to be safe than sorry.
If you do own a hamster or a rodent, and you’re keen for it to be an integral part of the family, make sure you handle it from an early age, so that it gets used to being picked up and cuddled. Supervise young children when they are holding their pet.
Other home accidents to avoid
Your home should be a safe haven; however, many people experience accidents at home. You may be aware of the risk of work-related illness and work injuries, but hazards in the home may not be so obvious. Here are some common accidents to try and avoid:
- Slips, trips and falls: make sure you avoid walking on slippery floors and tidy away wires. Keep doorways and staircases free from obstructions.
- Don’t overload power sockets and call an electrician if you have any electrical problems. Never attempt your own repairs, as this carries a high risk of electrical injuries.
- Always make sure you switch electrical appliances, such as hair straighteners, off at the socket.
Claiming personal injury compensation
If you’ve been injured at home or you’ve had a work accident and you were not at fault, call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to find out about claiming compensation. We operate a no-win, no-fee* policy, and we have over 15 years of experience in the personal injury claims industry.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice