Nothing makes you feel better than a roaring log fire on a cold, damp day, but are open fireplaces safe and can they pose a danger to your health? If you spend your days trying to avoid accidents at work, the last thing you want is to risk illness when you get home and snuggle up in front of the fire. Here are some top tips to help you stay safe when building a fire at home or in your working environment.
Are open fireplaces a danger to your health?
Many of us don’t think twice about lighting a fire when it’s freezing cold outside, but are open fireplaces safe and what should you be aware of when you start throwing logs on your open fire?
A study carried out by Danish scientists found that exposure to open fireplaces could increase the risk of certain illnesses, especially in people who are already suffer from work-related illnesses and underlying health conditions, such as asthma. Researchers found that the invisible smoke particles you inhale when sat around an open fire may actually increase your risk of respiratory illnesses. With an open fire, there is also a high risk of burn injuries and it can be easy for a fire to get out of control.
Open fire safety
If you have an open fire, it’s very important to follow safety guidelines to prevent house fires and work-related injuries. Here are some safety tips to bear in mind:
- get your chimney swept regularly
- never leave a fire unattended
- don’t burn wet wood
- don’t pour chemicals on an open fire
- follow the manufacturer’s instructions if you have a wood burning stove or a wood fire
Can I claim compensation if I’m injured in a fire at work?
If you’ve been injured at work or you’ve developed a work-related illness as a result of a fire or being exposed to smoke from an open fireplace, you may be able to make a personal injury claim. Call Accident Advice Helpline to find out more about the work accident claims process and find out if you have a viable work injury claim. Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day on 0800 689 0500 and 0333 500 0993 from a mobile; you can also visit our website homepage to take the 30-second eligibility test.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown