The temperatures are falling and many of us are relying on heating to keep us warm at work and when we get home. If you’ve been involved in accidents at work or you’ve been injured by a heater at home, it may be possible to claim work injury compensation or defective product compensation so give Accident Advice Helpline a call for advice.
What are the most unsafe heaters to use in the household?
Most UK households have central heating, but there are additional sources of heating you can use to make your home warmer. In the winter months, when it’s chilly outside, many people use portable heaters which are powered by electricity, gas and open fires and space heaters to bring temperatures up. Unsafe heaters to use include electrical portable heaters and gas fires, however, these appliances can also be used very safely if the relevant safety checks are made and the usage instructions are followed carefully.
- Electric heaters Electric heaters are among the most unsafe heaters to use, however, they can provide a quick solution when temperatures plunge and it’s very cold. These heaters warm a room in a matter of minutes and can be very useful if you’ve got people staying over Christmas, the office is freezing cold when you get in on a morning or you don’t want to put the heating on all the time. If you are using an electric heater, take care not to overload sockets, ensure you get your heater checked regularly and avoid putting it near curtains or furniture. Don’t drape damp clothing on heaters and remember to turn sockets off when the heater is not in use.
- Gas fires Gas fires are generally very safe but they can be dangerous. In order to prevent accidents at home and work-related illness, it’s important to get all gas appliances checked regularly by a certified gas engineer and to ensure you have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted.
What should I do if I’ve been injured at work?
If you’ve been injured at work or you’ve developed a work-related illness as a result of defective or unsafe heaters, you may be eligible for work accident compensation. To discuss your work injury claim with one of our friendly and experienced advisors, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. If you have a viable personal injury claim, your case will be handled by an expert personal injury lawyer.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown