Changing a light bulb is one of those tasks that every adult should know how to do. However, there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. If you do not know how to change a light bulb, the wrong way could cause a nasty injury far worse than a slip, trip or fall. However, if you are not careful you could still sustain a fall injury whilst carrying out this simple task.
How could a fall injury be sustained whilst changing a light bulb?
Unless you are a very tall person then it is likely you will need to stand on something to change the bulb. This could be a chair, ladder or other item. This means that a potential fall injury could be sustained if that item were to collapse or if you fell off the item.
How to change a light bulb safely
The most important thing is to make sure the light you are changing is turned off. If you are unsure then temporarily turn off the mains power at the fuse box. If you get this wrong and the light is not turned off it could lead to electrocution, an injury which could potentially be far worse than a slip, trip or fall.
Once you have done this remove the light bulb gently, avoiding squeezing the bulb so you do not break the glass. Ensure you dispose of the old bulb safely and insert the new bulb in the exact way you removed the old one. If you do this carefully you can avoid any accidents including a slip trip or fall.
Accident Advice Helpline
Unfortunately, slips, trips and falls can and do still happen around the home and out and about. If you have sustained a slip, trip or fall injury within the last three years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specialises in compensation claims such as those from a slip, trip or fall. With 15 years’ worth of experience, our lawyers will make the claims process as simple and stress-free as possible. In fact, many clients are able to settle their claim without stepping foot in court.
To find out how much your slip, trip or fall claim could be worth speak to one of our advisers today on our 24-hour Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, or take the simple 30-second compensation calculator test online.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice