The sad story of Hawwa Khan and the lesson to be learnt.

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Hawwa suffered 60% burns to her body after climbing  onto a footstool and then climbed onto the top of a wire mesh guard covering the file where she lost her balance and fell onto the fire.


Burnett Fields Children and Family Centre had arranged for workmen to attend Hawwa's home and fit cupboard locks, socket covers, gates and the fireguard.  However, according to fire investigator, Jonathan Needham,  the guard did not completely protect the gas fire and was not suitable for the modern fireplace in the home because it was raised up from the floor and built into the chimney breast.  Sadly Hawwa's burns were severe and she lost her battle in hospital on the 27th December.


A sad reality check lesson to us all.  We think we are doing the right thing in trying to make sure our home is safe for our children and rely on professionals to help us get it right.  Unfortunately, sometimes they don't . . .

Karen Thompson

Legal Executive
Personal Injury team

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