Yes Winter Is Really Here

We all know it’s important to keep warm in winter, but unless you can afford to put the heating on all day, keeping your home toasty can be a challenge. So, if you’re using portable heaters or electric blankets then make sure you stay safe as well as cosy – here’s how.

Only use as instructed

If we’re honest, most of us simply don’t bother to read the instructions to products that we think are obvious to use – including things like portable heaters and electric blankets. But not reading manufacturer guidelines can mean missing out on essential safety advice.

For example, if you have an electric blanket check to see […]

January 4th, 2019|

Christmas lights safety

With Christmas just around the corner, most of us will be preparing to haul out the decorations without giving a second thought to the state they might be in. But to stay safe, perhaps we should – particularly when it comes to our lighting choices – here’s what to think about.

Fairy lights

No Christmas tree is complete without a few twinkly fairy lights, but damaged or faulty lights can cause a tree fire which can destroy a room in less than a minute so it’s important to make sure that what you’re using is fit for purpose – especially as they’ve probably been tucked away for the last 11 months:

  • Check […]
November 14th, 2018|

Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide

smoke alarmAbout Smoke Alarms – We all understand the need to keep ourselves safe from fire, but it’s all too easy to forget to put good intentions into practise and sadly, the fire service is called out to more than 600,000 fires every year.

Carbon monoxide is equally lethal – often called ‘the silent killer’ – you can’t see it, smell it, or taste it and it’s the cause of about 50 fatalities a year, but both fire and carbon monoxide poisoning can be avoided with the right equipment.

Types of Smoke Alarms

The right smoke alarm for your home will depend on how big it is, whether […]

October 18th, 2018|

The importance of summer electrical safety

summer electrical safetyBeing able to make the most of the garden before autumn sets in, is always a treat. But although the days may still be long and the weather fine enough for late summer barbecues and informal get-togethers, don’t let your outdoor electrical safety slip – here’s what to consider.

Making the most of late summer evenings

Cool evenings after a sizzling hot day are a welcome relief and there’s no better way to enjoy them than with friends and family.

Staying safe just means making a few observations – like checking any lights used outside are specifically designed for the outdoors. Indoor fairy lights to brighten patios and […]

August 27th, 2018|

New Electrical Regulations

electrician, new electrical regulationsNew wiring regulations were announced earlier this month by the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) but what does this means for you and your business and how can you make sure that your electrics are safe and compliant?

Why have the rules changed?

The rules have changed to make electrical installations safer and more robust and are the result of international and European updates – which the UK has a duty to follow.

The regulations (BS7671:2018) don’t come into effect until 1 January 2019 so electricians and businesses have some time to let the changes sink in.

As well as improving electrical safety, the updates address the need to keep […]

August 16th, 2018|

Electric Car Charging At Home

home based electrical car chargingCharging your car whilst you sleep.

It’s hard to imagine that the hum of electricity will eventually replace the sound of revving engines, but that’s exactly what the government is planning with their commitment to ban all new petrol and diesel cars by 2040.  This means a dynamic shift in technology and a huge growth in electric car charging at home, yes – at home.

Of course, traditionally fuelled cars and vans will still be around long after the ban, but it does mean having to seriously consider an electric (or at least a hybrid) car in the future. So, what does that mean when it […]

July 3rd, 2018|