You don’t have to be especially house-proud to enjoy a clean and fresh looking home and few rooms sparkle with satisfaction quite like a thoroughly cleaned kitchen.
However, achieving that status can be somewhat hazardous, with the dangers of slips, trips and falls or other causes of personal injuries lurking menacingly around every corner.
Cleaning products bring with them a wealth of potential dangers to health and need to be used in the correct manner to prevent personal accidents. Here is a quick guide to the essentials.
Know your stock
It is advisable to make a list of all the hazardous products you have in the home, the majority of which are likely to be kitchen cleaners.
As well as the name of the product, make a note of the emergency care information which will be displayed on the labels.
Plan your storage
Such is the hazardous nature of some household cleaners, they can cause events as serious as fires and explosions should they come into contact with certain other substances such as each other, water or heat.
The subsequent personal injuries from these accidents can be extremely painful and serious so care must be taken. Make sure that:
- Hazardous materials are stored in a safe and dry location.
- All containers are completely closed to prevent accidental spillages and vapours escaping.
- Flammable and corrosive products are kept separately.
- Aerosols are kept well away from fires and other heat sources such as radiators.
- Hazardous products are out of the reach of animals and children.
- You regularly check the condition of the containers for your hazardous substances and get rid if they show signs of deterioration.
Accidents with cleaning products can have serious consequences for your own health and well-being. Therefore, it is extremely important you guard against personal injury when using them. This includes:
- Using protective equipment, such as gloves and even goggles if necessary.
- Keeping the kitchen well ventilated to prevent ill-health from inhalation of fumes.
- Not putting yourself in a position where you could slip or fall with cleaning products in your hand.
- Avoiding skin contact with certain products.
If you are injured by a faulty product or in an accident that wasn’t your fault, then call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Our legal team can establish your right to claim for accident compensation and take your case on on a no-win, no-fee* basis.
Date Published: March 5, 2014
Author: David Brown