If you cook at home or you prepare food as part of your job, you’re probably aware that using a stove carries risks of accidents at work and house fires. If you’ve been injured at work using gas and electric stoves, and you weren’t to blame, you may wish to consider claiming personal injury compensation.
What’s the difference between gas and electric stoves?
The obvious difference between gas and electric stoves is the type of fuel used. Gas stoves tend to be cheaper to run and they heat up very quickly. Gas stoves produce large flames, while electric stoves tend to have flat rings. Gas and electric stoves are suitable for cooking a wide range of foods. Electric stoves can take a while to heat up, but once they reach the right setting, they cook food quickly. Gas stoves are harder to clean than electric stoves but gas is usually cheaper than electricity.
Safety considerations when using gas and electric stoves
It’s important to take care when using both gas and electric stoves. When you’re cooking with gas, always make sure you turn off the gas once you’ve finished. If you leave the gas running, there is a risk of fires.
If you have an electric stove, take care to ensure you turn the hob off and keep children and pets away. Sometimes, it can be difficult to see when electric rings are turned on. Never touch the rings even if you think they’re off.
Common cooking injuries
The most common types of injury sustained when cooking include burns and scalds and cuts caused by using knives. When you’re cooking with gas and electric stoves, take care to avoid touching hot pan handles and make sure you alert other people when you’re walking through the kitchen carrying hot pans or baking trays.
Pay attention when you’re using sharp knives. If you do cut yourself, apply a plaster straight away. If the laceration is bleeding excessively, you may need to use a bandage. If you can’t stem the bleeding, visit your nearest Accident and Emergency department.
Claiming compensation for burns and scalds
If you’ve been injured while using gas and electric stoves, you may be thinking about claiming no-win no-fee* compensation. If you’ve been involved in a work accident or you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, call Accident Advice Helpline.
Our experienced personal injury lawyers can help you to claim compensation with minimal stress. If you’ve been injured in the last three years and you’re looking for expert advice, call us now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice