Most bizarre health & safety cases: Banning of bubble machine at child’s birthday

When it comes to children, health and safety is paramount, but it’s important that kids are allowed to have fun. Sometimes, there is a feeling that health and safety has gone too far, and although it’s important to reduce the risk of accidents and slips, trips and falls, there’s no need to over-exaggerate the risks posed by activities and games aimed at children.

Banning a bubble machine: Is this really necessary to prevent slips and trips?

Councils, and shop and bar owners, have a responsibility to comply with health and safety guidelines in order to protect members of the public, but sometimes there is a risk that the rules can go too far and encroach on people’s enjoyment. One example, cited by parents who contacted the Health and Safety Executive’s myth-busting panel, related to a venue saying that bubble machines were forbidden at children’s parties on the grounds that they carry health and safety risks.

There are risks associated with bubble machines, but then again, there are risks attached to most toys and activities, and sensible supervision and common sense are all that are required to allow children to enjoy bubbles at their party. The panel’s response to the case was that there are no health and safety guidelines surrounding the use of bubble machines, and children should be allowed to have fun with bubbles if they wish to have a machine at their party.

Preventing accidents in public places

You can understand why some venues and public places are eager to adopt strict health and safety policies, and it is important to promote measures that reduce risks for adults and children. Many people suffer a slip or trip in a public place, and often these accidents could be prevented with basic safety guidelines, such as:

  • ensuring that spillages are cleaned quickly
  • placing warning signs by puddles of liquid and on wet floors
  • placing warning signs by steps
  • installing handrails alongside stairs
  • ensuring that walkways and doorways are free from obstructions

What can I do if I’ve had an accident in a public place?

If you’ve slipped or fallen in a public place and you were injured, you may be entitled to claim slip, trip or fall compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or visit the firm’s website to take the 30-second test, to see if you have a valid personal injury compensation claim.

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