Combining liquids, food stuffs, specialist tools and equipment, electricity, and fire, will no doubt lead to accidents from time to time. From minor injuries caused by slips, trips and falls to more severe incidents involving electricity and fire, kitchens can be dangerous places.
Common causes of kitchen accidents
To avoid accidents in the home, it is first necessary to recognise the hazards within the kitchen that pose a risk of injury.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) state that the main causes of kitchen accidents are:
- Heat and cooking
- Hazardous substances
As well as the issues highlighted by RoSPA, faulty equipment and poor fitting of equipment by tradesmen can also lead to kitchen-related accidents.
Simple steps to a safer kitchen
While you have no control over accidents in the kitchen caused by faulty or ill-fitted equipment, there are some precautions you can take to ensure that kitchen injuries in your home are reduced.
RoSPA recommend that panhandles are turned inwards on the stove and sharp knives, kitchen chemicals, and hot liquids are kept away from children.
Also consider how you store food items. Keep heavy items – such as tins and jars – at the bottom of your shelving, while lighter items including crisps, tea bags and cereals towards the top. This will minimise the risk of harm should an item fall from storage and strike you.
It is also recommended that cordless kettles be used in homes with pets and children, to avoid little hands and paws pulling on cables and spilling scalding water.
Injured in a kitchen accident that wasn’t your fault?
If you have been injured in the last three years and sustained an injury due to faulty kitchen equipment or poorly fitted appliances, plumbing or electrics, you may be able to claim compensation for the harm you suffered.
Accident Advice Helpline, as a law firm, can assess the basics of your claim and offer you advice regarding whether your claim is likely to be successful.
Should you decide to proceed, Accident Advice Helpline will hand your case to one of their lawyers who are specifically experienced in dealing with personal injury claims.
With over 13 years’ experience in the business, Accident Advice Helpline is a legal firm you can trust will do everything possible to ensure you receive the personal injury compensation that you deserve. To discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: January 14, 2014
Author: David Brown