Our home should be where we feel at our safest. However, some accidents can occur at any time in and any place, and your home is no exception. In this article, we’ll be having a look at five deadly accidents that can occur in your home and why it is important to take measures to reduce the chances of such accidents within the household occurring.
- Electric shock – Electric shock can occur as the result of a defective electrical product. Electric shock can cause a number of horrific injuries and in some cases can be fatal.
- Slips, trips, falls – Slipping or tripping can occur almost anywhere, even in the home. A slip or trip from height, such as falling from a ladder, can result in serious injuries. A fall from height can result in fractures or even a fatal head injury.
- Fire – A fire in your household can kill within minutes. Most fires in the home are preventable, remember to check all electrical appliances before going to bed, extinguish any candles and remember to check your smoke alarm regularly.
- Poisoning – Children under 6 are most at risk of being poisoned. Many people keep strong cleaning chemicals in unlocked cupboards which can be easily accessed by children. If children consume chemical products such as bleach, it can result in fatal injuries. Ensure that you keep any strong chemicals in a locked cupboard, out of reach of children.
- Drowning – A child can drown in as little as two inches of water. Ensure that you install a strong wire mesh grid over any ponds that you may have in your garden and ensure that children are not left unsupervised in the bath.
Claiming compensation for accidents within the household
If you’ve suffered an accident in your household within the last the three years and it wasn’t your fault, such as being injured by a defective product, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for more information. Our freephone lines are open 24/7 and staffed by friendly, professional advisors.
You won’t be under any obligation to proceed with any claims for compensation that may be discussed over the phone. The majority of claims are settled outside court, meaning many of our clients will not have to make a court appearance when pursuing a claim for compensation.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice