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Should You Get That Building Work Done?

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ConstructionOrganisations such as the Federation of Master Builders have set out some important guidelines for those planning building improvements. It’s all about staying safe in this current climate, and addresses the question of whether to go ahead with projects in places like Croydon.

Points include: –

Being prepared

There is a campaign called ‘Work Safe, Safe Work’ developed by TrustMark, which aims to inform consumers about how to prepare for planned construction work. You can also find out the most helpful key questions to ask a builder at each stage of the work.

Be aware of rogue traders

As if Covid 19 isn’t bad enough, it has given rise to opportunist fraudsters, who wish to take advantage of home owners wanting to get jobs done and dusted. Normal caution is sometimes thrown to the wind when fast and cheap work is offered. Trading standards worryingly reports increased activity of this kind, and urges people to be patient.

Leave it to the professionals

Don’t be tempted to carry out substantial work yourself, apart from things like painting and decorating. This of course particularly relates to work with electrics or gas which can be extremely dangerous.

Don’t pressure your builder

Do not put pressure on your builder to cut corners where health and safety is concerned. Due to the virus, building projects are likely to take a little longer as new rules will be in place.

Make use of remote contact

Good communication is crucial if work is to get done safely and to the satisfaction of all parties involved. Keep in touch and updated with your builder by phone, email etc, but stay aware of cyber crime.

If there is any work you feel able to do yourself, you can hire tools and equipment [even small diggers] from specialists like Rhinos Plant Hire. Rhinos offer an outstanding range of high performance products from major manufacturers.

 

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George Clarke’s Council House Petition

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George Clarke is a well known TV presenter and architect who is on a mission! He is appealing for as many people as possible to sign his petition, calling for the building of more council houses. George was raised on a council estate in the north east, and currently lives in a former council flat in West London. He points out that the Right to Buy scheme introduced in the 80’s saw millions of council houses being sold off. The problem here was that they were not replaced with the same gusto, leaving over one million people on council house waiting lists.

He states “I’m proud to have been raised on a thriving council estate in the 1970s. My neighbourhood was a fantastic place to grow up and everyone was proud of their council-owned homes. This country’s obsession with home ownership over the last 40 years has created real stigma around rented council housing – and it breaks my heart.” He feels that high quality, well designed and affordable homes should be built at a rate of 100,000 a year for the next 30 years. His petition is hoped to raise awareness of this issue and prompt the government to act as a matter of urgency.

The timing of the petition is relevant also, as this year marks the centenary of the ‘Addison Act’ of 1919. The act granted local councils the power to build new properties in their thousands, however the process has slowed down considerably over the years. This has left many younger people with little choice but to stay in the family home, or rent temporarily. It is extremely difficult for them to buy their own home and have a family even if they work hard.

George Clarke’s petition has received an excellent response from the nation, and has already been signed by over 220,000. If you would like to join George in this endeavour, and sign his petition click here.

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The Importance of Safety Lighting

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Emergency lighting provides a safe escape route where existing lighting has failed due to a fire or other incident. This type of safety lighting is designed to activate automatically, assisting occupants in exiting the premises. Smoke produced by even a small fire can make it almost impossible to see anything. Different kinds of safety lighting include:-

  • Emergency lighting – provides immediate lighting in a particular area and for a certain amount of time.
  • Emergency escape lighting – enables fast and safe exit from a building or location if the mains supply fails.
  • Emergency escape route lighting – Provides visual directions and helps people to locate escape routes safely in special settings, also allowing easier discovery of fire fighting equipment.
  • Open area or anti-panic lighting – attempts to create the conditions for safe movement in a calmer environment.
  • High risk task area lighting – is used wherever there is a potentially dangerous situation or process due to chemicals etc, and provides time for the correct shut down to be performed.

Buildings will usually have a range of different forms of emergency lighting, each covering a specific set of requirements. Decisions about which lighting is needed and where, are made after a risk assessment is carried out.

Extreme anxiety and confusion is expected in many emergency situations, but strategically placed emergency lighting luminaires and signposting can help to alleviate stress, and result in a successful evacuation. Consideration should also be given to the particular needs of people especially in certain situations. For instance older people may struggle in low light conditions, and their eyes might be slow to adapt, so they will need a stronger emergency light option. Specialists such as Fire Logistics Ltd are experts within fire prevention, and along with a wide variety of fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems and safety training, they offer high quality emergency lighting.

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