It is well known that tumble dryers are the single most expensive domestic appliance. Depending on your energy supplier, running a tumble dryer can cost in the over £1 per load. With that in mind, it is no surprise that many people turn to outdoor washing lines, rotary airers or indoor clothes horses.
While clothes horses are a common homeware product, it is always wise to be sure you are using them correctly. Precaution can often prevent accidents in the home such as slips, trips and falls.
Illness caused by domestic airers
According to a 2012 study carried out by the Mackintosh School of Architecture, using indoor airers can increase moisture in your home up to 30 per cent on wash days and 15 per cent on average.
If indoor airers are your preference, ensure you home is well ventilated and consider investing in a dehumidifier to prevent humidity-related illness.
Preventing slips, falls and other accidents in the home
We have already identified that heated airers can cause trips in the home, but you should also consider the chance of a potential electrical fault causing a health hazard in your home.
Always question the pricing of products. With items such as this it is often the case of you get what you pay for. Consider how frequently you will be using the item. You will need a clothes horse that will stand the test of time.
Careful placement of your clothes horse is also essential. While many clothes will dry without causing issues, some garments, especially woollens, will drip while drying. This can cause wet floors and, again, lead to slips and falls. This problem is heightened on hard flooring, so place the airer in a quiet area of the home.
When storing your airer, keep it out of the way of heavy traffic in the home to minimise the risk of trips and falls. Airing or storage cupboards are ideal, or even within walk-in wardrobes.
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Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice