Making home fire safety a priority is of utmost importance, to help minimise accident amounts and injury levels. Here is why.
Home fire safety
Fires in your home not only cause a great deal of damage to your home, they can also cause potentially fatal injuries. To prevent the financial losses and injuries caused by fire, it is vital to take a few simple home fire safety precautions. These precautions may, for example, include:
- Regularly checking and, if necessary, repairing or replacing electrical appliances/leads immediately
- Regularly checking and, if necessary, repairing or replacing gas appliances
- Never leaving open fires or cookers unattended
- Keeping curtains, furniture and other potentially flammable items well away from heat sources
- Keeping a fire extinguisher in your home
Sometimes, however, even the most thorough home fire safety precautions cannot prevent fires.
Causes of fires
A fire may, for example, be caused by a:
- Defective or faulty new gas/electrical appliance
- Fault in your home’s wiring or gas installations
A fire may also get out of control if a fire extinguisher is faulty.
If you were injured by fire because a new appliance or fire extinguisher was defective, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation. To make an injury claim, you must first establish who is liable for your fire-related injuries and financial losses. This could be:
- The manufacturer of the defective appliance or fire extinguisher
- The retailer who sold you the faulty fire extinguisher or appliance
- Your landlord, if they did not maintain an electrical or gas installation they were responsible for properly.
To establish liability, you must gather as much evidence of the fire and where/how it started as possible.
Accident Advice Helpline
We are a law firm with more than 15 years’ experience in handling personal injury claims. Our nationwide legal team includes solicitors specialising in faulty product claims. Their skills and experience mean they can quickly:
- Collect all necessary evidence
- Establish who is responsible for your injuries by fire
- Bring your claim to a successful conclusion
Operating on a no-win, no-fee basis, they can conduct most cases over the telephone and often avoid claimants having to attend court proceedings (this cannot, however, be guaranteed).
Get compensation advice
To get helpful advice on when and how to claim for compensation and/or enlist the assistance of one of our in-house solicitors, call our freephone helpline from a UK landline on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 today.
Date Published: March 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice