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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Items that limit fire damage in the house


    How much damage a fire does to a house depends a great deal on how quickly it is detected and dealt with. The first two items to buy in order to limit fire damage in your home are therefore smoke detectors and fire alarms.

    Other items to purchase to limit fire damage

    Having detected a fire quickly often means it is still small enough to tackle immediately, rather than having to wait for the fire brigade, which of course means there is a delay that could allow the fire to spread further.

    Suitable equipment to deal with a fire immediately and thereby limit fire damage you can buy includes fire blankets and fire extinguishers.

    Other ways to limit fire damage

    Fire damage can also be limited by having:

    • Fire-resistant furniture
    • Fire-resistant or at least flame-retardant soft furnishings

    Much of the damage found in homes after a fire is caused by smoke, soot and water. Water damage can be limited by investing in a couple of good fans and a dehumidifier, which will quickly dry out furniture and carpets and help to prevent post-fire damage by mould or fungus build-ups.

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    Preventing injuries

    Naturally, the first priority in case of a fire is to prevent personal injuries. It is therefore vital to get everybody out of the house as quickly as possible and ensure you only attempt to tackle a fire yourself if you are sure that you can do so safely.

    If a fire hose had to be used or there is a lot of debris left lying around after a fire, there is also a risk of injuries by slips, trips and falls, so it is imperative to mind your step once it is deemed safe to go back into the house.

    Unfortunate mishaps

    Slips, trips or falls can, by the way, not only happen after a fire. Bad weather, a spill that has not been dealt with or a cluttered aisle in a supermarket could all result in being injured by slipping, tripping or falling. In such cases, there is a good chance that you may be entitled to personal injury compensation.

    This also applies if, for example, a defective new appliance causes you to have a slip, trip or fall or an injury by fire.

    Find out more about when and how to claim by giving us, Accident Advice Helpline, a no-obligation call on our freephone numbers, which are 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.

    Date Published: August 1, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice

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