When it comes to adding ambiance to your home, nothing is more effective than burning some scented candles, but candles can be dangerous. With Valentine’s Day looming, fire services are urging people to take care with candles to prevent accidents at work and home.
Preventing work accidents and house fires: Using candles safely
Candles help to create a romantic and relaxing atmosphere, as well as possessing the ability to save the day if the power fails in the office, but they can potentially be very dangerous and it’s best to follow these simple safety tips to reduce your risk of work-related injuries and burns at home:
- Never leave candles unattended.
- Always place candles on a firm, flat and heat-resistant surface.
- Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
- Do not move candles while they are lit.
- Keep candles away from curtains and soft furnishings.
- Take care when lighting candles.
- Take extra care with tea lights, as they can become hot enough to melt surfaces underneath them; it’s a good idea to place them in a glass holder.
- Use a snuffer to extinguish the flame.
- Always ensure candles are completely extinguished before you leave the house or office.
Accident at home compensation
If you are injured at work and you are not to blame, you may be entitled to work accident compensation; in the same way, if you suffer an injury at home and you can prove that you were not at fault, you could also claim compensation. Examples of home accident claims include injuries that result from faulty appliances or equipment, defective products and sub-standard maintenance work.
If you think you may have a claim and you would like to discuss your case with a trained personal injury lawyer, call Accident Advice Helpline, a legal firm with more than 15 years of experience in handling work injury claims, road traffic accident claims and public liability compensation cases. The firm is sponsored by Esther Rantzen, passionate consumer rights campaigner and it provides a reliable and efficient service. In the vast majority of cases, clients are not required to attend court proceedings and most consultations take place over the telephone.
Date Published: February 12, 2014
Author: David Brown