Thousands of people are injured as a result of accidents at work every year, but your home can also be a very dangerous place. Slips, trips and falls are the most common types of accidents in the home, but there is also a risk of fires, which can have devastating effects. Here are 5 tips to help you avoid fires in the home:
- Ensure all electrical equipment is tested on a regular basis: The risk of house fires is increased by using faulty and defective equipment, so make sure the appliances you use are tested on a regular basis and check their condition frequently. If you notice exposed wires or unpleasant or abnormal noises or smells, refrain from using the appliance and consider getting it repaired or replacing it.
- Avoid using electrical appliances in the bathroom: Water and electricity don’t mix, so avoid using electrical equipment in the bathroom. There should only be shaver sockets in the bathroom, rather than standard power points, to reduce the risk of electrical injuries.
- Always make sure straighteners and curling tongs are turned off before you leave the house: Hair straighteners are one of the most common causes of house fires, so always double check that the appliance is turned off and switched off at the wall before you leave the house.
- Never leave electrical appliances unattended: Many of us try and multi-task when we’re doing the cooking, but you should never leave appliances, such as toasters and kettles, unattended.
- Turn power points off when not in use: If you’re not using an appliance, it shouldn’t be turned on at the wall. Switching power points off will help to save you money on electricity bills, as well as making your home safer.
Claiming for injuries caused by a fire
If you’re injured at work, you are involved in a road traffic accident or you slip in a public place, and you can prove that you were not to blame, you will probably be eligible for personal injury compensation; however, home accidents are different and it may be harder to claim compensation, unless you can prove that the accident was caused by somebody else’s negligence. If you were injured in a fire which was caused by a defective product, for example, this may constitute a viable public liability claim. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to discuss the details of your case and find out if you could make a no win, no fee* claim.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice