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Confused about buying light bulbs for your home in Nottingham?

LED Lamp

Walk into any retail outlet that sells light bulbs and it quickly becomes a confusing array of boxes of different sized light bulbs all promising amazing energy efficiency. Gone are the days of picking up a standard 'one size fits all' incandescent light bulb – now you have to hold what seems like a Ph.D. in light bulb mastery to make perfect sense of it all.

 

Ensure your next celebration goes off with a bang, not an electric shock

Party lights

There is always a reason for celebration, whether it is a house warming party, a graduation celebration or a family get-together, there are growing numbers of people choosing to celebrate at home. Preparing your home with essential party regalia is all part of the fun and choosing some ornate lighting can really add to the finishing touches.

 

Choose your lighting carefully

Top Safety Tips for Students in Nottingham

Student Kitchen

With another academic year starting, students are busy getting to know one another, finding their way round a new city and generally just enjoying life.

 

With the excitement of moving into a new house or even halls of residence, it is easy to overlook essential safety features within your living quarters – things like electricity, gas and water for example. (Would you know what to do if your lights went out?)

Will the electricity in your holiday accommodation be safe?

Caravans

With the August bank holiday approaching, many people are thinking about getting away from it all for a few days. In typical British style, the weather isn't looking too great, however don't let bad weather deter you from checking out the electrical safety of your holiday accommodation. Whatever type of accommodation you stay in, from caravans to self catering cottages and hotels to tents, you can pretty much guarantee that electricity will feature somewhere in your holiday.

 

Electrical Advice for the Home from your local electrician in Nottingham

Extension Leads

As a house holder in Nottingham, you will no doubt be aware of some of the dangers that electricity can present in the home, but what do you classify as a problem?

 

Many homes in Nottingham already have electrical dangers present that the householders are not aware of. This doesn't mean necessarily mean there are dangerous electrics in the home, it is often as simple as how you use electricity that can make it dangerous.

Tackling Poor Electrical Safety in the Private Rented Sector

Electrical Safety in rental homes

The housing charity Shelter and the UK charity Electrical Safety First issued a report last week into the horrifying electrical safety standards found in privately rented homes.

With the private rented sector now housing 9 million people in the UK and 1.3 million families, it is alarming that 16% of private rental tenants have reported a problem pertaining to electrical hazards in just the last year.

Who is affected?

Replacing a fuse box safely

Consumer Unit

Having made the decision to replace your old fuse board, it is important to ensure that this important job is completed by a competent domestic electrician who is both qualified and registered with a Part P scheme provider such as the NICEIC, NAPIT or ELECSA. Think of your fuse board as the main hub of your home – it is the 'thinking centre' to all electrical aspects in your home. If the job is carried out incorrectly, your home will be in a dangerous condition and your family is then at risk from electrical harm.

Fire alarm systems in Nottingham – does your property need one?

Fire Alarm System

A Government notion may soon see the provision of a smoke alarm a compulsory requirement in privately rented properties. A YouGov survey carried out nationwide revealed that 1 in 5 privately rented properties did not have any form of fire alarm. Did you know you are four times more likely to die in a house fire? This is because fires often go undetected, and fire alarms are the alert to warn of a potentially serious house fire.

Electricians in Nottingham – helping you stay electrically safe

Carl Firmstone

I get asked on a regular basis by my customers in Nottingham and Derby how they can make their homes electrically safer. There are two ways of looking at electrical safety and that is preventative and proactive. Both are equally as good, however for optimum results, the two need to work hand in hand.

 

What do I mean by this?