Gas heaters have been around for a long time and, with electricity prices on the rise, they are still popular today. They are used for both commercial and domestic purposes as gas heaters can be great for heating large areas such as warehouses. However, as useful and as popular as they are, they can be dangerous and can cause serious injury if faulty or misused.
How are gas heaters dangerous?
The newer models of gas heaters have many different safety functions so that if it does go wrong it will switch itself off. However, older models don’t often have this which can be extremely problematic. Whether it can be attributed to being a faulty product or simply misuse, it’s important that before having to operate one, you are aware of the hazards that are involved with gas heaters.
First of all, one of the main parts of a gas heater can be harmful to anyone of all ages. If a gas heater malfunctions and starts leaking gas then this can fill the air with dangerous chemicals. At the very least, leaking gas can cause dizziness and headaches but it can cause severe long-term injuries like brain damage.
Also, if you forget to turn the gas heater off and you leave it unattended, it can cause damage to not only you but other people in the environment. Due to gas being an inflammable substance, gas heaters can be prone to catching fire which can result in extremely serious, and sometimes fatal injuries.
How to avoid a slip, trip or fall injury or worse on a gas heater?
If you have an old gas heater you should get it serviced as soon as possible. This way you will be able to make sure it is safe to use and prevent the chance of an accident occurring. If you think that the gas heater could be faulty, stop using it straight away, turn off the gas supply and get it looked at.
If you have suffered an injury from a gas heater that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a claim. Our team here at Accident Advice Helpline has over 15 years’ worth of experience deal with personal injury cases. Give us a call today on our 24-hour freephone 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile to speak to one of our professionally-trained advisors and find out more.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown