Gas stoves are among the most dangerous household appliances to have in your home. Accidentally leaving the gas stove on exposes you to several risks. Here are some of these risks.
Accidents that occur when accidentally leaving the gas stove on
The first and most obvious risk of accidentally leaving the gas stove on is that of overheating oil or food you left cooking on the stove catching fire. If the liquid in a pot boils over due to overheating, it could extinguish the flame. While this may prevent an immediate fire, it could cause your kitchen to slowly fill with gas. If you switch on a light in a gas-filled room, a spark from the switch could cause an explosion.
Other dangers of gas cookers
Accidentally leaving the gas stove on is not the only way you could sustain injuries from fires and explosions. A defective gas cooker may, for instance, continually leak gas into your home without you realising it.
Again, the simple act of switching on a light could cause a major explosion, fire and subsequent potentially serious burn injuries.
What’s more, a defective gas appliance could also produce excessive amounts of carbon monoxide. Odourless and invisible, carbon monoxide is highly toxic and can cause potentially fatal carbon monoxide poisoning. Gas heaters and gas-powered central and water heating systems also carry this risk. It is therefore extremely important to keep gas appliances well maintained and have them regularly checked for safety.
If you are living in rented accommodation, your landlord is responsible for the maintenance and repair of gas appliances (this may or may not include your gas stove, depending on whether it came with the accommodation or was purchased by you) in your home.
Right to claim
If you were injured by a defective gas cooker or because your landlord did not maintain gas appliances properly, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. With over 15 years’ experience in processing gas cooker accident claims, we can help you get the gas appliance accident compensation due to you.
We are Accent Advice Helpline, a law firm established in 2000 to help members of the public get compensation for injuries sustained in no-fault accidents. Boasting an exceptional success record, our nationwide legal team operates under no win no fee conditional fee agreements. To learn more about making a claim and/or enlist the services of one of our in-house injury specialists, call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 5659.