When you’re out and about as the nights draw in, the dark evenings can play a part in public accidents such as slips, trips and falls. With autumn being the time for festivities such as Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night, it is wise to clue up on the dangers of the season and stay savvy when attending bonfires.
Avoiding slips, trips and falls
Bonfire night events aren’t always held in well lit areas. To avoid trips and falls, use a small torch in darkened places. When you don’t have one to hand, it is worth remembering that most smartphones now include a torch feature using their flash function, which can be easily enabled when needed.
Take a step back
Although bonfires are fun to attend, it is important to remember that bonfires are essentially fire. To prevent burns and damage to the skin, stand a good distance away from the fire and cover up all skin, where possible.
Don’t try this at home
It may be a fun thought, creating your own mini bonfire and having friends and family round to celebrate, but safety must always come first. Make a night of it and attend a public event. These are often much safer and will ensure that any accidents you sustain are covered by public liability insurance.
Ensuring the safety of children
The atmosphere of Bonfire Night can be extremely exciting for youngsters and there is no doubt that they are likely to want to get involved.
Be sure that children stay clear of bonfires and fireworks, appreciating them from a distance to avoid fire-related injuries. When using sparklers, ensure that gloves are worn and used sparklers are placed into a bucket of cold water.
What to do if you are injured at a bonfire event
When attending a public event, the host has a responsibility to ensure your safety on the night. Should you suffer an injury due to an accident at a public event, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline is a legal firm with over 15 years’ experience in dealing with victims of various personal injuries. Their legal team includes specialist solicitors who are experts in managing claims such as yours, to ensure the best outcome for you.
Processing your claim
Can you prove that:
- You were not to blame for the incident that occurred;
- The fault was that of the event host;
- Your accident happened in the last three years;
- You have suffered harm due to the incident?
If so, speak with Accident Advice Helpline today for tailored personal injury legal advice.
Date Published: February 12, 2014
Author: David Brown