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How To Stay Safe On-Site During A Heatwave

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The sun has finally appeared in the UK – and while a heatwave is a joy for some, it’s a nightmare for others.  We’re set to have one of the hottest weeks of the year so far, with the met office issuing a warning with temperatures set to hit up to 40°C in some areas of the UK. (Source: Met Office) All of which means it’ll take more than an ice cream or two to keep safe.

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How To Prevent and Treat Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipe

There are many things to consider for your home over the colder months, from saving money on energy bills to staying safe over Christmas. Another thing to add to that list is how to prevent frozen pipes. Frozen pipes can often lead to burst pipes, leaks and floods. Thankfully, you can take several preventative steps to avoid the risk. How And Why Do Pipes Freeze? Pipes usually have a small amount of water, even when the taps are

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Mental Health In The Trades

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Mental health is just as important as physical health, so it’s essential to look after both. Our mental health is made up of our moods, emotions and thoughts. As people, we will all experience various things, from feeling stress, sadness and negativity to calmness, happiness and positivity. Mood fluctuations are part of everyday life. Mental illness, however, can impact how people behave, feel and communicate with others. Mental illness has been around for as long as humans

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Signs You’ve Hired A Cowboy Tradesperson

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Cowboy tradespeople can cause a multitude of problems. Whether it’s building a poor quality extension, “fixing” your clogged drains only to find they didn’t fix it at all or leaving work incomplete. Not only do cowboy tradespeople cause stress and anger for the people they dupe, but they also cost them a lot of money and time. Thankfully, the good outweighs the bad. Cowboy tradespeople are the minority, and the majority in the industry take great pride

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How To Stay Safe Driving In Icy Conditions

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As we get further into the winter and temperatures are dropping each day, the chance of snow and ice increases. Unfortunately, a more challenging and potentially dangerous time for drivers comes with this. Accidents increase by 20% during the winter (Source: Insure The Box), meaning you must take extra care and put precautions in place to ensure you can make your journey as safe as possible in icy conditions. Only Drive If/When Necessary If possible, during periods of

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Staying Healthy In The Trades Industry

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A healthy lifestyle isn’t always the easiest to lead. With lives filled with work and family commitments, we all too often find ourselves stretched for time, and that’s when we seem to forget about looking after ourselves. The trades are a great industry to work in, but it sometimes makes it too easy to opt for convenience over quality. From greasy spoon food filling you up at breakfast to being too busy to stop for a drink,

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Christmas Safety Tips – Stay Safe At Home This Christmas

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Christmas really can be the most wonderful time of year. Spending time with family and friends, enjoying delicious food, and sharing presents are just some of the many things that make it so magical. With more people around the house, excitement and more things – think presents and decorations – Christmastime can also become a dangerous time of year. Nobody wants the season to end up with an accident or tragedy, which is why you need to

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Keep Your Boiler Working This Winter

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Winter is a magical time of the year, with everyone excited for Christmas and New Year. It’s a time to celebrate, but your boiler breaking down is something you certainly wouldn’t be celebrating. Throughout the colder months, central heating becomes a necessity. The cold weather means cosy nights are a must, and early mornings are a bit more bearable thanks to the radiators that warm your home. Your boiler keeps you and your family warm morning and

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How To Stay Safe On Bonfire Night

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Remember, remember the 5th of November. And don’t forget to stay safe on Bonfire Night. Also known as Guy Fawkes Night, on November 5th, the skies are lit up with fireworks each year while bonfires blaze and sparklers dance on the ground below. It’s a beautiful affair that brings families and friends together. The night’s history goes back to 1605, but it wasn’t until the twentieth century that we began celebrating it in the way we know

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15 Shocking Facts About Electricity

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For many, it isn’t easy to imagine life without electricity. It powers your homes, workplaces and for some, even their cars. It has become a necessity in everyday life for many people worldwide, from boiling the kettle for a cup of tea or warming their homes. However, it certainly hasn’t always been this way. Reports of electricity in the world date back thousands of years, but it’s only in the last few hundred years that we have

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