Defrosting a freezer is an important part of making sure that your appliance does not get too frozen up and to make sure it lasts longer. However, you need to carry out this task in a controlled way or you could quite easily sustain a slip injury.
How can a slip injury be sustained by defrosting a freezer?
When you defrost a freezer all the ice that was in there melts thus causing a large amount of water to come out of the appliance. If this water spilled out onto the floor this could create a slip hazard. This puddle would be especially dangerous as most kitchens are tiles or have lino floor which can become extra slippery when wet, thus the risk of a slip injury increases.
How to safely defrost your freezer
The first thing you need to do before anything else is to turn off the power to the appliance. If any water were to get on the electrics when switched on you could be looking at something much more serious than just a slip injury. Once you have isolated the power and removed all the food you can then leave the door open to defrost. If you want to speed up the process you can put a bowl of hot water in there to help the ice to melt quicker.
To avoid any slip injuries make sure you lay towels on the floor around the freezer and also place a bucket in the middle of the freezer to catch the majority of the water. If water does start coming out onto the floor and the towels are soaking wet make sure you mop up the spillage straight away and refresh the towels to ensure you or others do not sustain a slip injury.
Unfortunately sometimes accidents such as slips, trips and falls cannot be avoided. If you have had a slip, trip or fall within the last 3 years you may be able to make a claim. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specialises in such cases as slip, trip and fall claims.
Speak to Accident Advice Helpline today to find out if you could make a claim from your slip, trip or fall injury on our 24-hour free phone 0800 689 0500, or take the online compensation calculator test to find out how much you could be eligible for.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice