You’re probably not thinking of accidents at work or staying safe at home when you head out for a night on the tiles, but it’s wise to be wary of potential hazards. When you drink alcohol, you increase your risk of all kinds of accidents, especially slips, trips and falls. Alcohol affects your judgement and your reaction speed. Most people are aware that they shouldn’t drink and drive, but many don’t hesitate to fire up the oven when they get home from a night out. Here are some of the reasons why you shouldn’t drink and fry.
Why it’s never a good idea to drink and fry
Drinking alcohol may make you feel like a master chef, but actually if you drink and fry, you run the risk of serious injuries. If you spill alcohol in a pan, you’re likely to set the contents on fire. There’s also a much higher risk of burns and scalds. You won’t be able to move away from flames or sparks as quickly as usual. If you’ve had a lot to drink, you may also burn yourself without realising. If you leave a burn, there’s a risk that it may get worse.
If you have had a drink and fry accident, make sure you turn off the hob, move away from the heat source and hold the skin under cool running water. Take off any jewellery or clothing surrounding the affected skin, but don’t attempt to remove anything that it stuck to the burned skin. This will cause even more damage.
If you’re hungry when you get back from a night out, resist the temptation to drink and fry. The best thing you can do is buy something on the way home, or opt for a simple snack like a bag of crisps or a sandwich.
Can I claim compensation for burns?
If you’ve been injured at work and you weren’t to blame, you have the right to file a work accident claim. In order to claim compensation, you must be able to prove that you were not at fault. If you were at work and you’d been drinking beforehand, you will have to claim liability for any drink and fry accidents. In this case, you wouldn’t be able to make a compensation claim and your employer could take legal action against you if other people were harmed.
If you think you may have a case for work injury compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Our friendly advisors can provide you with helpful advice about making a stress-free claim for no-win no-fee compensation.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice