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    Esther Rantzen

    Top 3 home appliances never to leave unsupervised


    The main home appliances never to leave unsupervised have the potential to cause serious damage to your house. Furthermore, accidents with these appliances may well cause serious personal injuries.

    Leaving appliances to run unsupervised can be efficient. It means you can make the most of your time and get on with other things. Of course, it’s unrealistic to expect people to sit and watch a washing machine finish its cycle. Similarly, leaving fridges and freezers unsupervised is totally reasonable.

    However, there are some home appliances you need to keep an eye on to prevent serious accidents and injuries.

    What are the top 3 home appliances never to leave unsupervised?

    • Fires
      Whether it’s a genuine coal fire or a gas alternative, fires in the home need careful supervision. The dangers of an unattended coal fire are obvious. Sparks and flying embers can catch nearby material and cause disaster. We’ve all seen videos and heard stories of just how quickly a fire can spread in the ‘right’ circumstances. Whilst a gas fire is not as dangerous, it can still easily cause painful injuries. Special care is needed if children and young people are around. They are less likely to be safety-conscious and can suffer burn injuries in the blink of an eye.
    • Heaters
      Portable heaters can be a godsend in the cold winter months. That extra boost of warmth ensures you stay cosy and comfortable through the long cold nights. However, these heaters can also pose significant health risks. As well as becoming extremely hot to touch, they can also overheat and potentially cause an electrical fire. You should avoid letting them run for too long, and never leave them unaccompanied.
    • Microwaves
      Microwaves are as potentially dangerous as they are convenient. Being able to reheat leftovers quickly and easily minimises waste and makes meal planning easier. However, it’s not unheard of for bowls of food to explode in a microwave. Soups and other liquids are especially susceptible. There are also some materials that should never be put in a microwave. Using foil, for example, will result in a noisy disaster.

    Can I make a claim if I am injured in an accident with a home appliance?

    If your home appliance malfunctions and you are injured as a result, you may have a compensation claim to make. Call Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. Phone 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.

    Date Published: April 20, 2017

    Author: SM Content

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