Sometimes, it’s impossible to prevent accidents at work and injuries at home. In other cases, there are often steps that can be taken to increase safety. Fire hazards may be lurking in your home without you even realising. Here are five household fire hazards you may not know about.
Household fire hazards
- Fairy lights: they look beautiful in the bedroom and create ambience in the living room, but fairy lights can be dangerous if they are left on for long periods of time. If you’re going out or you’re not in the room, turn the lights off at the socket.
- Toaster crumbs: if you’ve got a collection of crumbs at the bottom of your toaster, there’s a risk of sparks and smoke. The crumbs can set alight, which may result in flames and plumes of smoke. Try and make sure that you clear out the toaster tray on a regular basis.
- Hair styling tools: they may make your hair look fantastic for a night out, but heated styling tools are one of the most dangerous offenders when it comes to household fire hazards.
- Candles: many of us like to burn candles to fill our home with pleasant scents and create a homely atmosphere. If you are burning candles, never leave them unattended and keep them well out of the reach of children and pets. Always make sure candles are placed in a holder on an even surface.
- Dust: you may not think of dust as a fire hazard; however, if there is a collection of dust close to power sockets or electric heaters, this can cause a fire. Make sure you vacuum on a regular basis.
When it is possible to claim compensation after a fire?
Compensation is awarded to people who have been injured as a result of negligence on someone else’s part.
If you’ve been injured at work, for example and the accident wasn’t your fault, your employer will be liable. If you’ve suffered injuries as a result of a fire at home, you may be able to claim no-win no-fee compensation if you were subject to faulty electrical appliances, or a fire resulted from substandard work carried out by an electrician.
If you’d like to find out more about claiming compensation following a work accident, a slip or trip or an accident involving defective products, call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice