If you’re moving house, you’ve probably got enough on your plate without worrying about slips, trips and falls and electric shocks, but there are risks involved in the moving process and it’s best to be wary of potential hazards. Here are some tips for avoiding electrical injuries and accidents in the home when you’re moving house:
Avoiding electrical injuries at home
The human body is a conductor and this means that electrical impulses can flow through the body on contact with an electric shock. In many cases, electric shocks are completely harmless; however, in instances when a shock is prolonged or severe, serious injuries can result. Examples of possible injuries include burns to both the skin and internal tissue and disruption of heart rhythms.
If you ever come across somebody who has suffered a severe electric shock, always disconnect the power supply before you attempt to treat them. Do not touch them until you have done this and even then exercise caution.
In order to reduce the risk of electrical injuries when moving house, it’s advisable to follow these safety tips:
- arrange for a registered electrician to check the wiring before you move in
- safety check all electrical appliances
- use plug protectors if you have small children
- ask an electrician to install a safety switch
- always remove plugs by pulling on the plug, rather than the cord or wire
- always dry your hands before touching plugs
- avoid using electrical appliances in wet areas
- avoid slips and trips by securing any trailing wires
Claiming for an electrical injury
If you sustain an electrical injury in a public place, you suffer a public place trip over electrical wires or you’re in involved in an accident at work and you have evidence to prove that you were not at fault, you may have a case for public liability compensation or a viable claim for work injury compensation. If you’ve been injured in the last 3 years and you have evidence, such as photographs, witness statements and medical records, to support your public place accident claim, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or go online and complete the simple 30-second eligibility test. Accident Advice Helpline has expertise in handling all kinds of public liability and slip, trip and fall claims and our experienced team could help you to secure the compensation payout you deserve with minimal stress and hassle.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice