Invented in the 1940’s Zip kerosene firelighters are formulated to make lighting even very difficult fuels for outdoor or indoor fires and barbecues less troublesome. Naturally, it is imperative to use them correctly and safely in order to prevent personal injuries. Here is how Zip firelighters should be used.
Zip lighters should always be stored a minimum of six feet away from your fire or barbecue, as should your matches and fuel, including coal, wood, and paper. They should also:
- Be kept well out of the reach of children and pets, children should never be permitted to play with fires or firelighters or light the fire
- Never be placed directly in front of fires or above them, like onto the mantelpiece, from which they could fall or be nudged into the fire, for example
Ensuring your chimneys are swept regularly, preferably at the beginning of autumn each year, to prevent blockages and chimney fires as a result of soot build-up or birds’ nests is also imperative if potential tragedies are to be prevented.
Lighting your fire
To avoid injuries by burning, never place firelighters into warm appliances or grates. Light your fire by:
- Placing the Zip lighters into the grate and surrounding them lightly with fuel, leaving sufficient access to light the firelighter with a match – never light firelighters in your hand
- Using long safety matches, strike your match away from you and carefully set the Zip lighter alight
As these lighters work best when air is allowed to flow freely around them, avoid adding too much fuel to begin with.
Once your fire is lit
Make sure you keep a fire guard that is tall and wide enough to protect the entire open hearth in front of the fire at all times unless, of course, you are tending to the fire. Never leave a burning fire unattended, because sparks may penetrate fire guards and could set carpets or nearby furniture alight.
Fires in other places
Many public houses and restaurants feature open fires. Anyone injured by fire in such an establishment could qualify for personal injury compensation. This obviously also applies to injuries by slips, trips and falls in public places.
Should you sustain an injury by fire or by a slip, trip or fall in a restaurant or pub, for instance, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. Specialising in slip, trip and fall and other accidental injury claims since 2000, our law firm’s nationwide legal team has the necessary experience to settle your claim for compensation quickly and efficiently.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice