Handy Hints and Tips

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September 2019

12 Reasons why electric shock accidents involve portable appliances so often (number 8 may shock you!)

By |2020-01-09T20:18:57+00:00September 19th, 2019|Handy Hints and Tips|

One of the biggest problems in any workplace is the use of portable electrical equipment. Referred to as portable appliances, electrical equipment fitted with a plug presents a high risk of becoming damaged and thus dangerous.  Portable appliances include any electrical appliances that can be plugged in and include computers, kettles, toasters, heaters, hair driers, power tools, etc. Considered [...]

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July 2019

You should read this before arranging for your office to be PAT tested

By |2020-01-09T20:19:04+00:00July 24th, 2019|Handy Hints and Tips|

PAT tests in offices may not need doing as often as you may think. Many offices get their appliances tested every year but that may be too often. If you do a risk assessment you will find that most if not all appliances won't need doing that often.  Stationery appliances such as fridges, photocopiers, even computers and monitors [...]

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May 2019

6 ways to avoid an electrical fire and to prevent your workplace burning down

By |2020-01-09T20:19:33+00:00May 19th, 2019|Handy Hints and Tips|

Don't leave washing machines, tumble driers and dishwashers running when you're out or asleep Don't leave portable heaters switched on and unattended Don't overload sockets with too many plugs Register your electrical products and check for recalls Always follow the manufacturers guidance when using appliances Don't buy fake electrical goods or cheap imports [...]

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April 2018

Register your appliances

By |2020-01-09T20:34:39+00:00April 11th, 2018|Handy Hints and Tips|

Have you registered the appliances in your properties with the manufacturer? When you buy appliances these days there is a warranty card in the box, if you complete and send it off you'll be notified if there is ever a recall notice on the appliance. Appliances, especially kitchen appliances get recalled all the time for all kinds of reasons, [...]

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July 2017

6 Electrical safety tips for children

By |2020-01-09T20:21:49+00:00July 1st, 2017|Handy Hints and Tips|

Electricity whilst being useful to power our homes, it is also very dangerous when misused. Lots of people are hurt and killed every year due to electrical accidents. These simple safety tips will help you reduce the chance of or avoid such accidents. Never stick fingers, toys and other objects in an electric socket Never use electrical appliances in [...]

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June 2017

8 Top Tips to prevent an electrical accident – you’ll get a shock if you do number 4

By |2020-01-09T20:22:09+00:00June 1st, 2017|Handy Hints and Tips|

Don't use an appliance if you don't know how to Don't repair an appliance that is plugged in Turn off the power before attempting work on the mains supply Don't work in damp environments or with wet hands Don't place flexible cables under carpets where they can deteriorate unseen Don't use an appliance where wires can be seen through [...]

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May 2017

9 handy tips to avoid an electrical fire – number 6 will affect most of us

By |2020-01-09T20:22:23+00:00May 11th, 2017|Handy Hints and Tips|

Almost half of all domestic fires are caused by electricity; there were over 20,000 electrical fires in 2011; there are 70 deaths and 350 injuries every year as a result of electrical fires. The most common causes of electrical fires are: Faulty appliances Misused appliances Overheated appliances Tips for Avoiding an Electrical Fire Ask your landlord for an electrical [...]

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March 2017

Its not good practice to put too many plugs into an extension lead – even though we all do it

By |2020-01-09T20:35:49+00:00March 29th, 2017|Handy Hints and Tips|

Extension leads, blocks, adaptors, call them what you will are widely used; they're a great device for increasing the number of sockets we have so we can plug in more equipment. You have plenty at home, and probably even more at work, however, you are probably using them incorrectly, potentially very dangerously! Extension leads (or whatever you call them) [...]

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October 2013

August 2013

Socket Adaptors can be a fire risk if you overload them

By |2020-01-09T21:28:40+00:00August 23rd, 2013|Handy Hints and Tips|

The socket adaptor; common in every home and workplace throughout the North East, but do you know how to use them? Safe Use of the Socket Adaptor […]

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