Slips, trips and falls are considered to be among the main causes of injuries in the home. Gas ovens, cookers and boilers do, however, also present families with a very real risk of personal injuries. Potentially fatal, such injuries may consist of carbon monoxide poisoning or injuries by fire or explosions.
Common causes of incidents
Carbon monoxide poisoning is typically caused by gas leaks resulting from faulty appliances, poor maintenance or installation. It is therefore essential to have such appliances installed and maintained by trained professionals and keep an eye out for possible signs of leaks. In addition to the obvious smell of gas in your home, you may experience light-headedness, dizziness or nausea that dissipate when you go outside. Other signs to look out for include:
- Pilot lights continually blowing out or appearing yellow or orange instead of being crisp blue
- Soot and/or brown or black scorched areas on the outside of appliances
- Musty smell
- Excessive condensation
Should you notice any of these signs, contact a qualified professional to have the appliance in question checked out.
In order to prevent accidental injuries related to gas ovens and cookers, you should also:
- Use spark devices to light gas cookers, as opposed to using matches or lighters
- Keep cloths, tea towels and electrical leads well away from the gas hob and oven
- Take extra care when wearing loose clothing, especially loose, fluttering sleeves, to prevent clothing catching fire
- Never leave a lighted hob or oven unattended
- Ensure you switch off the hob or oven when finished cooking or baking
Your right as a consumer
Like injuries by tripping, slipping or falling in public places, injuries by faulty gas ovens could entitle you to personal injury compensation if the accident causing your injury was not your fault, this may be the case if you sustained an injury by faulty new equipment or if the gas engineer installing your oven did not adhere to relevant safety standards, for example.
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Whether you had a slip, trip or fall or were injured by defective equipment, you will need expert assistance in conducting your compensation claim. Accident Advice Helpline, a legal firm with years of experience in handling personal injury claims, offers the help of in-house lawyers on a no-win no-fee* basis. Call our confidential 24-hour Freephone number, on 0800 689 0500, for advice and legal assistance today.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice