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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    How to safely use a knife to clean fish

    Do you need to know how to use a knife to clean fish? If so, read on. You’ll need a fillet knife, a cutting board that’s the length of the fish at least, and a bowl of cold water. Dull knives are more dangerous than sharp knives, so choose your knife accordingly and make sure….

    Is an Aga safe to have?

    ContentsToo hot to touchNatural gasDefective AgaWhen first introduced to Britain in 1929, Aga cookers were a kitchen revolution. Designed by the Swedish Nobel laureate Gustaf Dalén, Agas work on the principle that the cast iron stove stores heat from a continuously burning source and the accumulated heat aids in the cooking process, creating a slow-cooker…..

    The most bizarre accidents to happen in the kitchen

    ContentsBizarre accidents in the kitchenCommercial kitchensWhen cooking goes wrongFreak accidents can happen anywhere, but kitchens certainly seem to have their fair share of strange incidents. Bizarre accidents in the kitchen A compilation of the most bizarre accidents to happen in the kitchen must surely include the following: A Scottish mother slipped in her kitchen and….

    The most common burn injuries

    2014/15 data collected on behalf of iBID (collaboration between NHS England and both English and Welsh burn services) from 22 hospitals providing burn care reveals that what constitutes the most common burn injuries depends partly on age ranges. The data does not include burn injuries treated by emergency departments or hospitals not providing specialised burn….

    What if your dishwasher leaks and you are electrocuted?

    If you rent a property from a private landlord and something goes wrong, it can be difficult to ascertain who is at fault and who is liable for repair costs. In the event of a serious incident, for example, your dishwasher leaks and you are electrocuted, you may be thinking about claiming compensation. Whether you’ve….

    What are the most severe results from an extremity burn?

    Every employee in the UK has a right to feel safe at work and employers should take the relevant steps to protect their workforce from accidents at work and work-related injuries, such as extremity burns. If you’ve been injured in a work accident and you were not to blame, call Accident Advice Helpline for expert….

    If you burn yourself whilst making a hot drink at work, can you claim?

    When you are making a hot drink at work the last thing you think about is the chance of having an accident such as a slip, trip or fall which could cause a nasty burn. However, can you make an accident claim if you did burn yourself? How can you burn yourself whilst making a….

    Injuries while cleaning out your freezer

    It’s important to clean out your freezer from time to time in order to clear out space and ensure that your freezer runs efficiently. Although it may seem like a fairly innocuous task, it is quite possible to injure yourself whilst cleaning out your freezer. The question is though, can you claim compensation? What kind….

    The dangers of cooking bacon

    Bacon is the perfect breakfast meat. It goes great in a sandwich, with a full cooked breakfast or chopped up in certain dishes. However, there are certain dangers of cooking bacon which can be more painful than a simple slip, trip or fall injury. Hot oil hurts more than a trip injury If you fry….

    How to treat an allergic reaction to peanuts

    A severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis is a life-threatening medical emergency which requires immediate treatment. Symptoms to watch out for are breathing difficulty as the airways block, dizziness and fainting caused by a drop in blood pressure. This allergic reaction is often accompanied by a red, itchy rash and swelling, something that can also happen….

    Home coffee machines: Convenient but hazardous?

    Home coffee machines have taken the world by storm, promising to recreate the experience of a café-bought coffee in the comfort of your own home. Although home coffee machines may be convenient and represent good value for money, they can also be dangerous and it’s important to use and maintain them properly in a bid….

    Is it dangerous to operate a coal barbecue indoors?

    Summer has arrived and it’s barbecue season. If you’re planning to get the family round, you’re hosting a garden party or you’re preparing for a barbecue at work, here are some safety tips to protect you and your guests or customers and prevent accidents at work. Is it dangerous to operate a coal barbecue inside?….

    How to avoid burn injuries when cooking with oil

    Whether you’re cooking a family meal at home or you’re preparing to serve hundreds of guests lunch at a bar or restaurant, it’s important to bear health and safety measures in mind to prevent burn injuries and reduce the risk of accidents at work. How to avoid burn injuries when cooking with oil Cooking is….

    Staying safe while operating a coal barbecue

    Summer is the perfect time to invite some friends and family over and have a barbecue. One of the most popular types of barbecue is the coal barbecue as it is both inexpensive and reasonably simple to use. However, as it involves extreme temperatures and fire there are several potential hazards including slips, trips and….

    Safe use of a corkscrew

    The main use of a corkscrew is to remove a cork from a bottle. This could be wine, cider or any other drink which is corked. It may seem like a simple action but it can cause injury even if you are in the catering business and carry out this task every day. What types….

    Five tips to avoid fires in the home

    Thousands of people are injured as a result of accidents at work every year, but your home can also be a very dangerous place. Slips, trips and falls are the most common types of accidents in the home, but there is also a risk of fires, which can have devastating effects. Here are 5 tips….

    Five most common cooking injuries

    We spend a lot of time in the kitchen and given the fire, sharp implements and concentration we need for cooking it is no real surprise that there are a large proportion of household injuries emanating from this room. Some of the most common cooking injuries are listed below. Five causes of common cooking injuries Cuts: Even….

    Safety check: Gas barbecues vs coal barbecues

    Summer is in full swing and many of us will be enjoying barbecues in the garden with friends and family. Barbecues are quick and simple and they produce delicious meals, but there is such a vast range of styles and products on offer it can be difficult to choose the perfect barbecue. There are coal….

    Five tips to prevent fire in the home

    Accidental fires remain a serious threat to home owners, tenants and their families. According to statistics published by the HSE, over 200 people die each year as result of a fire in the home. You are four times more likely to die in a house fire if you don’t have a functioning smoke alarm. Fires….

    How long do the effects of food poisoning last?

    Food poisoning is an illness which occurs when you eat contaminated food. In most cases, food poisoning is caused by bacteria, such as E.coli or salmonella; however, it can also be viral. A common example of viral food poisoning is norovirus. If you’ve developed food poisoning after staying at a hotel or eating at a….

    Bacterial vs viral foodborne illness

    Most cases of foodborne illness is caused by viruses and bacteria. If you’ve been struck down with food poisoning abroad and you developed symptoms after eating out at a hotel, restaurant or bar, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim travel accident compensation. What is the difference between bacterial and viral foodborne illness? The symptoms….

    Identifying the threat of gas on UK caravan holidays

    Many UK caravan holidays are cut short as a result of gas-related accidents. In order to successfully prevent such accidents on holiday, it is necessary to first of all identify the possible threats of gas at camping sites. Appliances Camping cookers, lighting and even cooling appliances are often run on gas. Faulty or incorrectly installed appliances,….

    The 5 ‘most dangerous’ everyday foods to eat

    Whether it’s something wolfed down quickly for little more than sustenance or a lavish feast for which hours are spent both preparing and enjoying the fruits of your labours, food is a major everyday presence in all of our lives. From undercooked meats and poisonous mushrooms to scalding hot pots and mouthfuls going down the….

    5 ‘most irritating’ cooking accident injuries

    Some cooking accidents are more irritating than others, especially those that evoke a reaction of embarrassed wonder and the thought, ‘Did I really just do that?’. Here are a few examples of such annoying accidents in the kitchen Burn injuries Removing something from a hot oven is without doubt one of the most likely scenarios….

    Electric socket safety in the kitchen

    The combination of hot surfaces, electricity leads and water makes every kitchen a highly dangerous working environment. Home owners and employers therefore, need to take certain precautions to prevent accidental injuries. Preventing kitchen accidents The first step in preventing injuries in the kitchen is to ensure all sockets within kitchens are positioned a minimum of….

    Are burns the only accident I’m likely to experience in the kitchen?

    When you hear the words “accident in the kitchen”, you may automatically think of burns, but really, that is only half the story. In fact, kitchens can be a very dangerous place, and every day, hundreds of people fall victim to kitchen accidents of all shapes and sizes. This article explores the different types of….

    Five ways to ‘kiddyproof’ your kitchen at home

    Of all the rooms in your house, it is probably the kitchen at home which poses the most danger to safety, particularly if you have young children. Preventing slips, trips and falls as well as other accidents in the kitchen is just one of many priorities you have as a parent. Fortunately, help is available…..

    Five items to minimise your accident risk in the kitchen

    Of all the rooms in the house, the kitchen has the biggest potential to do you the most damage. Whether it’s slips, trips and falls over loose wires or wet floors, accidents with malfunctioning products or illnesses from poorly cooked food, the threats to safety are both many and varied. Fortunately, there are a number….

    The dangers of frying a turkey at home

    In recent years it has become increasingly popular to fry a turkey at home rather than the traditional method of oven roasting. However, although fried turkey may be delicious, it also extremely dangerous to cook at home. Here, Accident Advice Helpline highlights the dangers associated with frying turkey. Burns, scalding and heavy birds The process….

    The 5 ‘most dangerous’ foods to prepare

    When you work in the catering industry you take the utmost caution when preparing particularly dangerous food to avoid an accident at work. Here are 5 of the most dangerous foods to prepare. Chillies could easily cause accidents at work This may seem an obvious one but if not prepared properly this can cause a….

    Cooking for your significant other? Five safety tips

    Cooking for your significant other can be an exciting and romantic experience. However, if correct health and safety is not followed, it could turn that romantic, candlelit, Paris-at-home experience into a recipe for disaster. Here, Accident Advice Helpline publishes a handy guide to make sure all runs smoothly when preparing cuisine for that special someone…..

    How to safely handle boiling water

    Boiling water is no laughing matter; a minor slip, trip or fall can cause severe injuries to you and others around you. Due to this, you need to take extra care when handling it to make sure you don’t harm yourself or anyone else. Here are our tips to safely handling boiling water. Be very….

    Cooking a Sunday roast? Five safety tips

    Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm first and foremost. We specialise in all areas of personal injury compensation including accidents at work, slips, trips and falls and road traffic accidents, ensuring you get the amount of compensation you are entitled to. However, our 13 years’ experience as a law firm has led us to….

    Five accidents waiting to happen in poorly maintained kitchens

    Working in a kitchen is dangerous at the best of times, but poorly maintained kitchens can be accidents waiting to happen. Here are some of the possible consequences of not keeping a kitchen in perfect order. Slips, trips and falls Poorly maintained flooring can cause serious injuries by slipping on grease, water or other substances…..

    How dangerous is standing in front of a microwave?

    When it comes to accidents causing personal injuries, the examples that immediately spring to mind are things like construction site accidents, crashes on the road and public trips and falls. However, dangers to health can also come from many unexpected sources. In turn, this leads to all sorts of rumours and pieces of advice circulating….

    Cooking at university for the first time? Five safety tips

    Going to university for the first time can be exciting but also quite daunting. If you are staying away from home, there are certain things you need to learn to stay safe. One of these things is safety in the kitchen whilst cooking to avoid any slips, trips or falls. Here are our top five….

    Five freak cooking accidents in the kitchen

    Hot appliances, boiling oil and the close proximity of electricity and water make kitchens some of the most dangerous places to work in. Even preparing a simple meal could potentially be an accident waiting to happen. Some kitchen accidents can be more serious than others, and, as the following examples clearly show, some accidents in….

    How to perform the Heimlich Manoeuvre for choking accidents

    Choking can potentially be exceptionally dangerous, and is something that can happen any time, anywhere, at work, at home, and outside of the home. Fortunately, there is a simple manoeuvre that can be performed which can minimise the risk of choking being life threatening and dangerous, and it is called the “Heimlich” Manoeuvre; an act….

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