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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

    Dangers of extension leads in the home

    Do you know all about the dangers of extension leads in the home? Extension leads can be very useful, but they can cause accidents and injuries if they aren’t used in the correct manner. If sockets or extension leads become overloaded, fire can occur. Let’s take a look at some of the top tips for….

    Don’t try this at home: Firebreathing

    While most common pastimes carry risks such as slips, trips and falls, when you choose firebreathing as your hobby, you face a whole new realm of health and safety risks. The dangers of firebreathing Usually, firebreathing is an act reserved for the Big Top, on stage performances or street carnivals. It’’s an impressive sight to say….

    Suffering an injury while working out at home

    In the hectic modern world that we live in, it’s not always possible to make time to go to the gym. As a result, there has been a massive increase in the sale of fitness aids to be used in the home such as treadmills, elliptical machines, free weights and abdominal rollers. Whilst these devices….

    Replacing a broken window by hand? The risks

    Whether replacing broken windows at home or for someone else as a professional glazier, there is always a risk of personal injuries while performing this task. Common risks Some of the most commonly reported injuries at work and at home while replacing broken window panes include injuries by broken glass under foot; cuts and lacerations….

    The ramifications of turning your staircase into a slide

    There are probably hundreds, if not thousands of kids (and maybe even a few fun-loving adults) who have seen the Harry Potter films and wish they could turn their staircase into a fun slide by waving a magic wand and shouting: ‘glisseo’. Hermione Granger used this ‘spell’ (pronounced ‘GLISS-ee-oh’, in case you would like to….

    How can I detect a gas leak around the home?

    Gas leaks can lead to accumulation of carbon monoxide. Often referred to as a ‘silent killer’, this gas is highly toxic and responsible for the deaths of an average of 20 people each year. Knowing how to detect gas leaks is therefore extremely important. Causes of gas leaks Gas leaks are typically caused by poorly….

    How not to complete plumbing tasks around the home

    DIY plumbing accidents can have all sorts of nasty consequences, from foul-smelling waste flooding bathrooms or other parts of the home to potentially serious injuries by using the wrong tools for repairs or injuries by electrocution, fire or explosions if water reaches electrical outlets. It is therefore necessary not to perform plumbing tasks without: Having….

    How not to complete painting tasks around the home

    Redecorating your home is generally considered to be a fairly safe DIY job. Disregarding a few simple safety rules may, however, result in potentially serious injuries by falling, slipping or tripping. When painting your home, it is recommended, to prevent slips, trip and falls to not: Use boxes, chairs, tables or other potentially wobbly surfaces….

    How not to complete electrical tasks around the home

    Completing electrical tasks at home carries many risks, including injury by electrocution or burns from accidental contact with live components; injury by fire from faulty electrical installations or equipment injury by explosions caused by unsuitable electrical appliances or ignition of flammable vapours (spray paint, heater fuels, etc) by static electricity. Electrocution may also cause injuries….

    How not to carry loads around the home

    While employers are legally required to provide training sessions or at least printed information on manual handling procedures to prevent accidents at work, few home owners have the benefit of access to such information. As a result, many injuries in the home are the direct result of lifting or carrying heavy loads wrongly. How not….

    How not to complete carpentry tasks around the home

    Do-it-yourself carpentry is a rewarding and often money-saving hobby. It is, however, also one of the main causes of accidental injuries in the home. Preventing personal injuries is easy, as long as safety precautions and procedures are followed. Here is how not to approach carpentry tasks. Preventing accidents In order to prevent carpentry accidents, it….

    Garage doors and carbon monoxide: Keep your door open

    While the temptation to ‘warm up’ a vehicle’s engine or undertake minor repairs requiring running engines with your garage door closed may be overwhelming during wet and cold seasons, this is not something anyone should ever consider. The reason for this is the presence of potentially lethal levels of carbon monoxide, or CO. About carbon….

    Case study: Ukrainian teens turn living room into a swimming pool!

    As Russia’s capital Moscow sweltered in temperatures of up to 34 degrees Celsius (approximately 93.2 degrees Fahrenheit) at the end of July 2014, two Ukrainian teenagers came up with an innovative, though somewhat dangerous way of cooling off. Front room pool The boys, who refused to give their names or reveal the precise location of….

    Storing objects on an everyday home staircase?

    Staircases can often be an accident prone zone, especially if children are involved. The most common accident on a staircase is a slip, trip or fall which could be caused by an item on the stairs or something as simple as tripping over your own feet whilst rushing downstairs and causing yourself a trip injury…..

    Letting young children have all their toys out at once: The risks

    Children love playing with toys, that’s a fact. However, they also seem to love getting all their toys out at once even if they are only playing with one or two of them. This is when a simple game can turn into a slip, trip or fall hazard. How can a slip, trip or fall….

    The dangers of leaving bathroom appliances on after use

    When it comes to rooms in your house, the bathroom is right up there as one with the most potential threats to the personal safety of you and your family. From slips on wet floors after a bath or shower and burns from water that is too hot to handle to the obvious danger of….

    No rubber safety mats in the bathroom? The risks

    Bathrooms are one of the rooms in the house which has the most potential to sustain a slip, trip or fall injury. The reason for this is the fact the majority of water is used in this room and it often gets splashed on the floor. The water on the floor is not a potential….

    Ponds and young children: How to minimise the risk of drowning

    Between 1995 and 2008, 68 children under the age of six drowned in garden ponds in the UK. Ponds hold particular fascination with naturally inquisitive young children and it’s vital that the risk of drowning is minimised. In this article, we look at ways parents and guardians can reduce the risk of a young child….

    5 ill-advised ways to prepare food in the kitchen

    Unless specific health and safety regulations are complied with, kitchens can be hazardous places for employees. What’s more, failure to comply with such regulations may also result in outbreaks of food poisoning among workers and/or customers. Slips, trips and falls Kitchen workers are often under high pressure and frequently have to handle hot foods, liquids….

    Medicines and cosmetic products within reach of children?

    Young children are inherently curious and ever-ready to ‘try something new’. Colourful pills looking like sweets; cosmetics products and various other substances, like household detergents or alcohol, for instance, are particularly tempting and may, if consumed, cause serious health issues, if not death. Preventing accidental injuries To prevent children from poisoning incidents involving medicines, cosmetics,….

    Smoking indoors at home: The risks

    Few would argue that the introduction of the smoking ban has had a positive impact on the atmosphere and health for many people in workplaces and in public environments such as pubs and restaurants. Significant health problems still arise from smoking at home. Rather then the physical immediacy of the consequences of accidents such as….

    5 things you should never do when barbecuing

    Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm first and foremost with over 13 years’ experience in all areas of personal injury compensation. Although we pursue compensation for those who have suffered an accident that wasn’t their fault, we also seek to reduce the number of accidents that occur and actively promote health and safety. In….

    5 things you should never put in a dishwasher

    We all use electrical equipment in our day to day lives and rarely think about the dangers that could unfold when using these appliances. Don’t worry; the chances of anything happening are very slim, but naturally accidents happen. However, to avoid you falling victim to electrical accidents we have compiled a list of five things….

    5 things you should never refrigerate

    The fridge is probably the most important culinary invention of modern times. However, that doesn’’t mean that it works for all foods. In fact, putting the wrong thing in the fridge can have far more serious consequences than making it smell a bit funny. Imagine being responsible for an outbreak of illnesses at work because….

    5 things you should never burn in your fireplace

    If you have a working fireplace in your home, are planning on a bonfire, or work with fire, there are many safety guidelines you should abide by. Although burning items is a fast and ecological way of getting rid of waste and unwanted materials, burning certain things in a fireplace can lead to a dangerous….

    5 foods you should never reheat in a microwave

    The summer is looming and if you’’ve been browsing through holiday brochures or dreaming of lying out on a golden sandy beach since your last exotic break, the last thing you want is to return home with food poisoning caused by reheated meals. Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim travel accident compensation if you’’ve….

    5 things you should never put in a blender

    Blenders are exceptionally handy tools in kitchens everywhere. Unfortunately, inadequate instruction on how to use these appliances safely can lead to serious injuries at work. Accidents at work While most people are aware it is not a wise thing to switch on and use a blender with wet hands or close to sources of water,….

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