Buying Second-hand

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Full article with thanks to https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guidance/buying-electrical-products/ If you’re buying a second-hand electrical product, you will not be offered the same protection that you would be if buying new from a trusted retailer or manufacturer, there is very little regulation in place to protect you.  From old products with worn out components and lacking essential modern safety features to recalled white …

Energy Efficiency Ideas & Energy Saving Tips

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Full article with thanks to https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guidance/safety-around-the-home/energy-saving-tips/ How to save energy at home Saving energy at home isn’t just about becoming more energy efficient — it’s about learning how you can save money, too. There are many things you can do to reduce the amount of energy you use in your home. Being energy efficient doesn’t always mean a big change …

Visual Checks

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Simple checks can save your life Full article with thanks to https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guidance/safety-around-the-home/visual-checks/ Millions of people in the UK expose themselves and their families to potentially fatal electrical accidents in the home by making simple blunders, down to a lack of knowledge about the dangers of electricity. It is important to make sure that the electrical installation in your property is …

SOLAR PANEL WINDOWS ACHIEVE RECORD-BREAKING ENERGY EFFICIENCY

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Full article with thanks to https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/solar-power-window-transparent-renewable-energy-a9675961.html Researchers have achieved an efficiency record for transparent solar cells, paving the way for skyscraper windows to serve as power sources. A team from the University of Michigan used an organic, carbon-based design to transform sunlight into electricity with an efficiency rate of 8.1 per cent. Commercial solar cells, which are typically made using silicon …

Fire safety and electrical items.

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Full article with thanks to https://www.london-fire.gov.uk/safety/the-home/electrical-items/ From white goods to faulty chargers, electrical items are the number 4 fire risk in the home. How to be fire safe and electricity smart…   Avoiding electrical fires – how to keep safe at home From overloaded extension leads and cheap chargers, through to white goods not fit for the job, issues with electrical …

Product Safety – Dehumidifiers

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Full article with thanks to https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guidance/product-safety/dehumidifiers/ How do dehumidifiers work? There are two different types of dehumidifiers: Refrigerant dehumidifiers These types of dehumidifiers draw in the damp air and filter it through cold coils. The water then condenses on the coils and is collected in a water tank. It has been suggested that these types of dehumidifiers work better in …

Electrical products and bathroom safety

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Full article with thanks to https://victoriaplum.com/blog/posts/electrical-products-and-bathroom-safety Bathrooms are considered to be a special location for electrical installations because they have an increased risk of electric shock for the users, due to being so close to water. Before we start… We have to make clear that this article is for informational purposes only—it is certainly NOT a “how to” or DIY …

Stay safe in the kitchen

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Full article with thanks to https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guidance/safety-around-the-home/kitchen-safety/ More than half of all accidental house fires start in the kitchen. Government statistics show that the largest number of accidental reported fires caused by electricity in the home is due to people misusing electrical cooking appliances, including microwaves. So it’s important that you take special care when using electrical appliances. The mixture of water, …

Gas Safety

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Full article with thanks to https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guidance/safety-around-the-home/gas-safety/ Gas Safety Information Anyone who has a gas appliance needs to be aware of the risks they pose to both you and your family. Items left unchecked could lead to things like carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions, that’s why it’s an extremely good idea to enlist a Gas Safe registered engineer …

Overloading sockets

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Full article with thanks to https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guidance/safety-around-the-home/overloading-sockets/ Most people have extension leads in their homes, using 4-way bar adaptors to increase the number of appliances that they can plug into a wall socket. However, although there is space to plug in four appliances, this does not mean it is always safe to do so. You can avoid overloading sockets and risk …