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Are DIY electrics cheaper than getting a professional?

An increasing amount of people are turning to DIY to carry out jobs around the home. This infographics from the charity Electrical Safety Firsts asks the questions is it chepar?Source: DIY infographic from Electrical Safety First.

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Electrical safety for tenants and landlords

Electrical Safety First found 1.7 million private renters  have reported electrical concerns that were either ignored by their landlord or acted on too slowly, and 1.3 million renters  are currently waiting for electrical issues to be resolved. No wonder that more than 2 million private tenants  have expressed concern about the electrical safety of their home. The Electrical Safety First study hoped to gauge landlord’s awareness of the fact fines for failing to maintain adequate...

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Landlords – electrical safety obligation

There are various regulations, some statutory that private landlords must adhere it. For the first time landlord this can seem like a mind blowing task and it is possible that some elements are overlooked. To assist landlords with the electrical obligation the charity Electrical Safety First have various resources and guides. Their main guidelines are below “Electrical Safety First has found that landlords are exposing themselves to significant financial risks, from fines and invalidated...

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How safe are you around the home?

Source: How Safe Are You Around The Home infographic from Electrical Safety...

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Landords will have to install smoke alarms – its the law

Landords will have to install smoke alarms – its the law Landlords will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties.. Landlords will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties, under measures announced by Housing Minister Brandon Lewis on 1 March 2015. The move will help prevent up to 26 deaths and 670 injuries a year. The measure is expected to take effect from October 2015, and comes with strong support after a consultation on property condition in the...

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High demand on fuseboxes may pose fire risk

There has been a spate of electrical house fires in the Bracknell / Wokingham area that have originated at the fusebox. As reported in the Bracknell & Wokingham Midweek news recently “Firefighters are warning that old fuseboxes may not be able to cope with modern electrical demands”. A firecrew manager commented “We think the old boards are going up because of the new demands, we think it’s overloading them” The picture of this old re-wirable fusebox  is from a house where the...

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Help choosing a replacement light bulb

With all the various types of light bulbs about now which one is the right one for you ? To help you choose the correct one the local wholesaler YESSS. Please remember that in the “old days” the brightness of bulbs were determined by their wattage. The higher the wattage the more electricity that is used so the brighter the bulb. However now this measure is not accurate given that energy efficient LED or CFL lamps are around . The unit of measure of now LUMENS Please see bulb finder...

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How to find a rogue electrician

A strange post you may feel at the start of the year but I thought it was a useful guidance on how to ensure that when you are looking for electrical work to be carried out in your home that you do end up with a “rogue”. Whilst the statutory requirements for electrical work is different in England and Wales from those in Scotland and Northern Ireland. , if you are looking for electrical work you should seek out a registered electrician Sadly, it’s the case that there are a small minority...

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Saving Energy at home

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