Electrical Safety First

Pull the Plug on your date – Electrical Safety First

One in three women admit they would fib to get out of a bad date according to research undertaken by Electrical Safety First.

The survey, which focused on the dating, beauty and grooming habits of men and women in the UK, found that men and women have some very different views on turn offs in a date.

One in four men said that they would ditch their date if they weren’t as attractive as expected; while one in five women would ditch their date if they suggested splitting the bill. With this in mind, the Charity is urging people to use the line “I think I left my straighteners on” to pull the plug on a dodgy date.

Hair straighteners and curling wands have long been accused of sizzling hair, but this latest campaign from Electrical Safety First highlights that they are a major cause of dangerous burns and house fires. The Charity’s research shows that an estimated 650,000 house fires in the UK have been caused by a straightener or similar device being left on. So, whether it’s getting ready for a big date or just a trip to the shops, the message is to make sure to switch off your straighteners after using them.

Looking at occasions where people would need to use this excuse, a whopping 72% of people5 said that they would want to pull the plug on their date if they were rude to restaurant staff. Others major turn offs included swearing, talking about an ex and getting drunk.

Fred Sirieix, General Manager Galvin at Windows, art of service expert and TV celebrity commented on the findings:

“This survey confirms what I have always known about people from observing guests as they eat in my restaurants for the last 25 years. It is nice to be nice and fundamentally everyone likes to be surrounded with good people who are in turn good to others. It is no surprise that 72% of people said that they would want to pull the plug on their date if they were rude to restaurant staff.

When on a date it is best to meet for one drink, that way if it goes well you can suggest staying longer. If it doesn’t, just say that you might have left your straighteners on. It could set your house on fire so it’s unlikely that your date will complain or convince you to stay! It is good too to see that more and more people are happy with the idea of splitting the bill – it’s 2016! It’s an equal world out there!”

When it comes to getting ready to go out, Electrical Safety First found that many of us are taking big risks preparing for a date. More than one in twelve women admit to having left their hair straighteners switched on at least once and almost half of women have panicked about leaving an electrical beauty device switched on when they’re out and about.

Electrical Safety First research has found that people aged between 18 and 24 are particularly at risk. One in three people in this age group has been burnt by an electrical beauty appliance. The research also shows that over 200,000 people in this age-group have experienced a house fire caused by an electrical beauty appliance.

Emma Apter, Head of Communications at Electrical Safety First commented:

“Straighteners can reach temperatures of over 235° and can take up to 40 minutes to cool down so there’s a real risk of fire or damage if you leave them on. Having the line “I think I left my straighteners on” as a quick getaway from a dodgy date will stick in your mind as you get ready and remind you to switch electrical products off before leaving the house.

“Many of us are familiar with the panicked feeling of wondering whether or not we’ve left our straighteners on and it’s really not worth taking the risk. If you think you might have left your straighteners turned on while on a date, rush home to switch them off. If you feel like ditching your date, it still works as a handy excuse!”

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Gas central heating vs. electric central heating

Gas central heating vs. electric central heating

The facilities that consume the most energy and heat within the home are central heating system. So with that in mind, when it comes to the decision on whether to install a gas central heating system or an electric central heating system, a lot of questions start to arise.

As a home owner, you should consider all options and choose the one that fit the best to your specific needs. It also depends on whether you need a system for a domestic property or commercial one. Do be aware that both types of system can be installed, although their costs will vary and the fuel source to use will be different. Which one is the best for you? Let’s find out.

Which one is the best for you, gas central heating or electric central heating?

This all depends on the kind of consumption which system will be the most cost-effective in the long run. The first thing to take into consideration is whether the property has access to natural gas network.

If the property has access to the natural gas network:

If you do have gas installation, gas central heating is the best option as gas consumption is profitable. Without gas installation it can be expensive but in the long run it can be worth it.

If the property DOESN’T have access to the natural gas network:

If you don’t have gas installation or access to natural gas network, then LPG propane boilers are recommended. These boilers are efficiency and are pretty similar to natural gas boilers and are supplied in bulk and in cylinders. Another benefit is LPG propane is cheaper than heating oil.

Gas central heating

When choosing gas central heating, natural gas is one of the most cost-effective supplies and offers good performance if compared with other fuel sources.
The decisions have been made and have now opted for gas central heating, the first thing to make sure of is that the building has access to the gas network. Once this is checked, you must get in touch with different gas suppliers and compare prices. As a fuel source, natural gas has the following advantages:
Natural gas price evolution has a lower rate of increase than other fuel sources.
Gas central heating required less maintenance than other heating systems.
Condensing gas boilers are highly efficient and their performance is better than other type of boilers.

Electric central heating

Electric central heating is frequently the chosen option for properties with no access to the gas network or where heating consumption is very low. When compared to natural gas price, electric central heating is not cost-effective unless you have a ‘time-of-use’ electricity tariff.

Electric central heating types:

  • Air conditioning system with heat pumps.
  • Underfloor heating. Electricity heats the system installed under the floor which, in turn, heats the room.
  • Oil cookers.
  • Heat accumulators. They are frequently used in properties with a ‘time-of-use’ tariff.

Heating for a cheaper price

In order to reduce heating consumption and therefore its price, whether you opt for gas or electric central heating, the following things should be taken into account:

  • If natural gas is available in your area, gas installation should be carried out and then gas suppliers should be contacted so you can compare prices. That’s one of the most cost-effective decisions you can make.
  • Ask for a quote for bulk propane or oil boilers. Compare prices and contract conditions.
  • Compare electricity tariffs so you can be sure you have the most economical one for your property.
  • Last but not least, ensure you and your family/co-workers control, monitor and measureenergy consumption.

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How to Hire an Electrician

How to Hire an Electrician

As I’m sure you know, an electrician is someone who specialises in the wiring and repair of any electrical mechanisms, but if you are a new homeowner you might not on how to hire an electrician.

When you have decided that you are in need of an electrician, and have also determined the scope of work that needs to be done, the first thing to do is get recommendations from various sources before hiring one. Read online reviews from trusted sources, but also word of mouth is a good way of finding an electrician with experience and expertise.
Before hiring, feel free to verify that the license and insurance are still up to date, because if they are not, they may be an illegal and unskilled electrician. Hiring an illegal and unskilled electrician could invalid your home insurance and do damage to your electrical wiring.
If you only require minor repair work, this can often be completed by an electrician who is less expensive and may not have a lot of experience. However, for major repairs, remodels, and new construction, it is vital to get a skilled experience electrician as improper wiring can be very dangerous and can lead to fires, putting everyone at risk.
The decisions to be made are in choosing the electrician who has the best combination of price and experience, and with whom you feel most comfortable. Feel free to ask for the project specifications in writing so you have a detailed account of the job, the costs, and time for completion. This will help protect you if anything goes wrong.

Give us at Logical heating & Plumbing Solutions an electrician croydon call today to learn more about electrical safety tips around you home or schedule a time for one of our experienced professional electrician to come out and take a look.

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