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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Is it safe to touch the dials on my boiler at home?


    Accidents at home often come in the form of slips, trips and falls over misplaced toys, or run-ins with garden tools, yet there are hazards in the home that can present a greater risk of domestic injury to those who are unaware of the dangers involved.

    Boiler issues

    The great British weather is somewhat of a minefield. One week we can be sweltering thanks to an unexpected heatwave, then just a few weeks down the line you will find a fine layer of ice over your car bonnet in the morning.

    With such fickle weather patterns, it is tempting to constantly adjust your heating to match the weather outside, but doing so by adjusting the dials on your boiler at home isn’t generally advisable.

    While you can turn water temperature up and down on your boiler at home, it is best to keep it at a level recommended in your instruction booklet or by an engineer to avoid any household burns or scalds.

    Adjust temperature by setting the thermostat to a comfortable living temperature – between 18 and 21 degrees C – and turning your heating on and off when needed. It is a common myth that this uses unnecessary energy, and can in fact save you money long term.

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    Boiler pressure dials

    Usually, boiler pressure dials should sit at around one bar, but remember that this will fluctuate, even appearing way too high, when the boiler is in use.

    Contemporary boilers are made to withstand regular use and can manage peaks in pressure. If you are concerned, do not touch the dials, call an engineer or try bleeding your radiators.

    Malfunctioning boilers can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, therefore, it is best to seek the help of professionals, rather than amend the dials yourself.

    Injured in the home

    If you become injured in the home, due to a slip or a fall in a rented property, perhaps, or even a burn or a scald due to a faulty boiler, Accident Advice Helpline can help you determine if you have a case eligible for personal injury compensation. With years of experience assisting victims of personal injury, you can recuperate at home safe in the knowledge that your case is with the experts, on a no-win, no-fee** basis.

    Speak with a member of Accident Advice Helpline’s team today, on Freephone number 0800 689 0500, for a free initial consultation, with no pressure to pursue your claim following the call. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for your convenience.

    Date Published: July 22, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.