You may not think a radiator could be that dangerous to anyone. However,c it is worth remembering these are used to heat our properties to keep them warm and comfortable during the colder months. As such they can get very hot to touch. In one incident that occurred a few years ago an elderly resident of a care home fell and became trapped in his room, between a hot radiator and the wardrobe. As a consequence he suffered serious burns and died a few days later. As you can see there is the potential for radiator burn injuries to have very serious consequences indeed.
Fortunately incidents such as these are highly rare. Most people are aware of the potential dangers and do everything they can to ensure they are not hazardous to anyone in the area. If there is a potential for someone to be burned in a workplace or other location which receives visitors or has clients staying, there is a need to make sure the situation is safe. This might involve covering the radiator or boxing it in. This would ensure the radiator itself could not be touched even if by accident.
How severe can burns of this type be?
A lot will depend on the temperature of the radiator and how long someone is in contact with it for. Our natural reaction is to move away from a heat source but as was the case in the incident mentioned above, this was not possible. As a consequence the man suffered serious burns that went right through his skin. We tend to develop thinner and more fragile skin as we age too, which can have a marked effect on the severity of any burn. This alone can lead to a serious injury.
Have you suffered radiator burn injuries?
If you’ve been through something similar and you believe someone else may have been negligent in allowing such an accident to occur, your best bet is to call Accident Advice Helpline. Our number is free – 0800 689 0500. This is our enquiry line and it is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have experience in fielding all kinds of calls and we have many helpful professional injury compensation lawyers too. You may be closer to making a no win, no fee* compensation claim as a result of contacting us.
Date Published: February 22, 2015
Author: David Brown