When you think about accidents in the home you may think about spillages you could slip up on, toys left at the top of the stairs, a trip injury, or shoes left in the middle of the floor to fall over. The last thing you may think about as a hazard in the home, which could cause a slip, trip or fall claim or worse, is a vacuum cleaner.
How could a vacuum cleaner cause a slip, trip or fall or worse?
Vacuum cleaners seem perfectly harmless. Many people use them every day without injury. So, why and how could they cause an injury such as a trip injury?
One of the main ways is by tripping up over the wire. Vacuum cleaners always come with very long wires to ensure you can clean a large space without having to unplug and plug it into another socket. However, this can cause a nasty trip injury if you do not notice the wire there and catch your foot on it. Other ways a slip, trip or fall could be caused is by the appliance malfunctioning and harming you. This could turn out to be a serious faulty product claim if the manufacturer is at fault.
How to avoid an accident claim with a vacuum cleaner?
The main thing you need to do to avoid an accident in the home is to look around you at all times. Make sure you know where the wire is, in relation to where you are vacuuming, and always make sure your feet are not near it to prevent a trip claim. Also, make sure that all large items are picked up off the floor if possible to avoid the pipes becoming clogged and the vacuum becoming overheated. Other than this, if you feel that there is something wrong with the vacuum cleaner always get it checked out to ensure the product does not malfunction badly whilst you are using it.
If something does go wrong and you do get an injury in your home which wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a slip, trip or fall claim. Accident Advice Helpline are a law firm aimed at helping their clients go through the claims process as easily and stress-free as possible. Call today to find out more.
Date Published: January 28, 2014
Author: David Brown