A fire extinguisher is one of those things you hope you’ll never have cause to use. We are all more than familiar with their presence in shops, offices and other public places around us, but we rarely have the need to see them being put into action, thankfully.
In some cases people are trained in how to use fire extinguishers. This is commonly done in jobs where people might work in safety-critical situations. A good example is working on the railways. A simple training course is typically undertaken that teaches about the different types of fire extinguishers and when they should be used.
Can anyone use a fire extinguisher?
Yes – and it makes sense to know how to do so. You never know when you might have to use one to contain a fire or put out a small one. However, imagine your reaction if the fire extinguisher you pick up doesn’t work, is faulty in some way or has not been maintained. If it didn’t work, you could end up being burned or otherwise injured as a result.
Situations like this might point to negligence, and that negligent behaviour could support you in making a fire extinguisher injury compensation claim. If you have been burned because the fire extinguisher you were using didn’t work when it should have done, you could have a claim to consider.
Similarly if you were trapped in a fire and could have fought your way out with an extinguisher, only to find it hadn’t been maintained and was broken, your injuries may be a lot worse than they would have been otherwise.
Do you have a right to make a claim?
If you can prove negligence by a third party – perhaps the owner of the fire extinguisher or the business owner whose property they were on for example – you may have a good case to argue for compensation to be paid to you.
The team here at Accident Advice Helpline know how important it is to get answers in cases like this. Our free enquiry line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and you can call now on 0800 689 0500. You may eventually look back and realise you were right to make that call to us, as it may lead to an amount of compensation being awarded to you for your pains.
Date Published: October 25, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead