Downlighters - can they be a fire hazard?

The Electrical Safety Council ( ESC ) have been working with the Surrey Fire and Rescue Service to investigate concerns that incorrectly selected, installed and/or maintained downlighters may have been the cause of a significant number of fires in homes.
As part of the investigation, they commissioned an independent laboratory to carry out a limited safety assessment of, and thermal performance testing on, a selection of commercially-available downlighters.

Shopping safely online – A new consumer guide by the ESC

More than 26 million Britons shop over the internet, with electrical products accounting for more than one in ten online purchases.
Although most website shopping is trouble-free there are risks, particularly from the growing sale of counterfeit products online.
Substandard or counterfeit electrical products can damage much more than your wallet. They can cause fire, injury and – in the worse case scenario – even death.
To help consumers avoid potential pitfalls on the web, we have produced The Safe Shopper’s Guide to buying electrical products online.

Electrical Safety Council to launch ‘Plug Into Safety’ campaign

Plug Into Safety, a new campaign from the Electrical Safety Council which aims to reduce the number of electrical accidents in the home by encouraging people to fit an RCD, will launch on 10 May 2010.
Every week someone in the UK dies in an electrical accident in their home and thousands of people are injured every year. Plug Into Safety will urge householders to take 5 minutes to carry out simple electrical safety checks including a review of RCD protection.

Scrapping of the HIPs may boost the property market!, but will it have a knock on effect for Electricians?

Many news articles and websites are saying that scrapping the home information pack may help boost the property market.
According to these reports, our coalition government have decided to scrap the home information packs, Although it seems not the energy efficiency report, which did not come as a surprise to me, as being energy efficient is something we all must follow. I ponder to myself, even though anything that can help the property market at the moment is a good thing, Is this going to have a knock on effect to other markets?

Basec To Judge 'UK Apprentice Electrician Of The Year'

Basec have just announced they are to Judge 'UK Apprentice Electrician Of The Year' Finals At Sparks Expo this year. You can visit the news article on the Basec website here
On 21st & 22nd of April 2010, Jeremy Hodge from BASEC, will join Tony Cable from the NICEIC to judge the finals of the UK Apprentice Electrician of the Year competition.

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