How are we doing when it comes to electrical safety? Most of us probably don’t give it a second thought. We’re adults, after all, right – surely we know how to operate electrical equipment. We wouldn’t take any silly risks and put ourselves in danger.
Sadly, it’s that very attitude that could cause a case file to land on the desk of an accident solicitor in West Bromwich at Accident Advice Helpline. According to the Electrical Safety Council, there’s at least one death per week because of an electrical accident, and almost 1000 injuries per day.
Pretty sobering, isn’t it? Many of the people injured probably think they’re doing everything right when they’re dealing with electricity, too.
Some accidents aren’t their fault
Of course, the very fact that claims can be made through an accident solicitor in West Bromwich demonstrates that accidents happen which aren’t the victim’s fault. To be eligible to claim, you have to be injured in an accident that was caused by someone else.
But it’s always a good idea to do whatever you can to minimise risks. Yes, you might get injured because of a faulty electrical item – but you could just as easily be injured by a piece of electrical equipment that you’re not using properly.
Get an RCD
One thing that you can do to minimise your risk of an electrical injury is this: use an RCD. This stands for Residual Current Device, and it will stop you from getting a shock – or getting electrocuted – if you come into contact with something that’s live.
The Electrical Safety Council carried out a survey, and when Accident Advice Helpline’s team of no win no fee solicitors saw the results, they were alarmed: 70% of people didn’t know what an RCD was, and 49% of homes in the UK didn’t have adequate RCD protection.
The RCD test
You may already have RCD protection. Look at your fuse box. If it has a button showing “T” or “TEST”, then you do have it, so you can rest assured that your risk of an electrical accident from a faulty product, or a mains fault, is significantly reduced.
If you don’t have this, you can buy plug-in RCDs. But there’s no point in having one if you don’t use it – and you certainly need to use it with outdoor equipment, such as hedge trimmers and lawnmowers.
Need an accident solicitor in West Bromwich?
Of course, we’re always happy to provide the services of an accident solicitor in West Bromwich to those who qualify to claim compensation, so if you need one, why not call our 24/7 hotline and speak to an advisor?
Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, and talk to an advisor now. Alternatively, text “claim365” to 88010 and someone will be in touch as soon as possible.
Date Published: 1st November 2014
Author: David Brown