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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Top 5 safety tips: Safe microwave operation

    We are so used to using household appliances we often forget about the risks that can come with using them and the fact injuries far worse than a slip, trip or fall can be sustained from them. One such appliance is the microwave, the appliance which seems so harmless but if misused can be so dangerous. Here are our top 5 safety tips on how to use one safely.

    Check the microwave is fully working to avoid an injury worse than a simple trip injury

    Before using your microwave make sure it is fully functional and that there are no sparks or electrical faults with it. If a microwave is faulty stop using it immediately to prevent a severe injury. The shock of electricity it could give could at best cause you to have a slip, trip or fall and at worse hospitalise you.

    Never put metal in the microwave

    If you put any metal in the microwave from tin foil to a metal jug you could easily cause the microwave to set alight thus causing injuries far worse than a slip, trip or fall. At no time should you put any metallic item into a microwave.

    Have the microwave within arm’s reach

    Make sure you can easily reach your microwave to ensure you do not sustain a fall injury when having to stretch to get an item out of it. If you put it high up chances are you could spill or drop the item of food you are trying to get out and could cause yourself at best a slip, trip or fall injury.

    Don’t let children near it

    This one may seem like common sense but make sure the microwave is well away from children and make sure they do not go near it. If any children were to tamper with the microwave they could sustain a nasty injury, often worse than that of a simple trip, slip or fall which most kids sustain on a weekly basis.

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    Always read the instructions first

    Before using your microwave for the first time always read the instructions first. This will make sure you are aware of the usage instructions but will also help you not to get an injury worse than a slip, trip or fall.

    Speak to Accident Advice Helpline to find out more about whether you could be eligible to make a claim from that slip, trip or fall that wasn’t your fault.

    Date Published: July 8, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

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