Slips, trips and falls in the home are among the common household accidents that we all expect to experience at some point during our lives. Yet, there are other hazards in the home that can cause more severe incidents than a simple slip or trip, such as fireplace-related accidents and injuries.
With The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) confirming that your home is the place where you are most likely to experience an accident, it is important to educate yourself surrounding possible risks of home-related illness or injury, including those presented by open fires.
The dangers of open fires
Where there is an open fireplace, there is always a risk of burns, but below are five typical situations that are recognised causes of home-related accidents.
- Hanging decorations from mantels can lead to household fires
- Young children are unlikely to treat fires with the caution required, leading to burns of varying severity
- Unmaintained gas fires is one of the main causes of carbon monoxide poisoning
- Blocked chimneys, due to soot, can cause combustion by-products to enter the home, a potential root of carbon monoxide poisoning
- Chimney fires are a likely risk if fires are not regularly swept or cleaned
RoSPA suggests that to minimise the risk of fire-related illness and injury in the home, it is important to:
- Never block air vents or airbricks and service appliances annually
- Be aware of symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning such as drowsiness and flu-like symptoms
- Immediately service any gas fires, when blue flames become orange, signifying a build-up of carbon monoxide
- Always supervise babies, toddlers and children near fires
- Keep all fires well guarded
It is also important that at least one carbon monoxide detector is fitted in your home, near to your open fire.
Accidents in the home
If you have sustained an injury or illness due to an issue with your home – whether owned or rented – and you believe you are not to blame for the harm and distress you have endured, you may want to consider your eligibility to claim personal injury compensation.
Whether you tripped and fell over a misplaced labourer’s tool or your landlord has failed to maintain your property to a habitable status, a law firm such as Accident Advice Helpline can help you seek out the compensation you are entitled to.
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call for your free initial consultation whenever is convenient for you, with no obligation to pursue your claim. Speak with a member of our expert team today on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice