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Is PAT Testing A Legal Requirement?

Although PAT testing is not a legal requirement the law does require however that employers, ensure that all electrical equipment they provide in their business is safe and properly maintained. This means that PAT testing is a critical part of your business health and safety and should be considered part of a solution to your safety concerns.

What regulations are a legal requirement?

The UK Health and Safety Executive along with insurance companies will expect you to perform PAT testing to ensure that you are compliant with certain regulations including:

  • Health & Safety at Work Act of 1974
  • The Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989
  • The Provision an Use of Work Equipment Regulations of 1998
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations of 1999

Not complying with the above mentioned regulations can result in fines up to £5,000 and/or six months imprisonment. Fines have been seen to go as high as £20,000 and offences heard in the Crown Court have carried sentences of more than 2 years imprisonment in addition to unlimited financial penalties. So even though PAT testing itself is not legally required, it simply helps you to protect yourself by ensuring that you are complying with these regulations.

How Often Should I Get My Boiler Serviced?

Boiler servicing is one of those things that’s very easily overlooked and never really thought about. But it could be the key to picking up on issues before they become problems for you and your loved ones in your home. Here we cover some of the most common boiler servicing questions including: why should i get my boiler serviced? How much does a boiler service cost? When should i get my boiler serviced?

When should i get my boiler serviced?

When should i get my boiler serviced?

We recommend having your boiler serviced by a professional gas safe engineer at least once a year.

With many boiler warranties you’re actually required to complete a regular service to ensure your boiler is safe. An annual boiler service will meet most insurance policy requirements, though you’ll need to check with your insurance provider to be sure.

Summer is the best time to book your service in. Not only will you be making sure you’re set once the colder weather kicks in, but also summer is the quietest time of the year for gas engineers giving you more flexibility on what time and day they are available.

Why should i get my boiler serviced?

Keep your warranty intact

All new boilers come with a warranty ranging from 2 years to 10 years, this warranty protects you from any genuine faults with your boiler as the manufacturer will repair the boiler free of charge. To keep this warranty valid manufacturers require the boiler to be serviced which assures that the fault is genuine not due to negligence.

If you do not have a service once in every 12 months then your warranty could be void and if a problem occurs, you’re likely to be liable to pay the full repair costs.

Catch faults in your system early

The majority of the time you won’t know about a problem with your boiler until you’re left with no heating and/or hot water. During a boiler service, your expert gas engineer will be able to identify any underlying problems or potential issues before it’s too late. No matter how small the issue with your boiler, ignoring it could lead to a costly repair bill.

Keep you and your loved ones safe

Gas leaks are rare however extremely dangerous or even fatal. Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapsing and a loss of consciousness. 250 hospitalisations a year are caused by carbon monoxide poisoning between 2001 and 2010 in England & Wales. Therefore, it’s critical that you have your boiler serviced regularly giving you peace of mind that you and your family are safe.

Save money on your energy bills

As your boiler gets older, it inevitably becomes less energy efficient but with regular servicing you can slow down this process. During your servicing, your engineer will carry out all necessary checks to ensure that your boiler is running as efficiently as possible. The more energy efficient your boiler is, the more money you could save over the year. A boiler that is not working to its full potential and isn’t performing efficiently, could cause an unexpected increase in your energy bills.

How Much Does A Boiler Service Cost?

On average it costs around £80 to get your boiler serviced although this can vary from £60 – £100.

You could however take out boiler and central heating cover. This costs more, around £180-£300, but will also cover you for any breakdowns.

If you have a cover policy or insurance for your boiler then check to see if an annual service is included as part of the charge.

Need a boiler service? Contact I Want A Tradesman who only work with Gas Safe engineers so you know you and your families home is in safe hands.

What are the best and worst cities to own an electric car?

With an increase of 55% year-on-year increase in new EV registrations, a host of new electric cars are being launched and with the Government insisting that it’s committed to a combustion engine-free future the question now is are our towns and cities prepared?

The short answer is no, as the UK has large towns and cities still without a single EV charging station the deadline of 2040, when solely petrol or diesel-powered new cars will not allowed to be sold is starting to creep in.

EV Stations Government Investment

Action is however being taken to boost the amount of EV charging station government has recently announced a £400 million worth of investment co-funded by private sectors, which aims to get 5,000 fast charging points available by the year 2024. It is urging the people to switch on to electric cars, hoping that by the year 2040, the country’s goal to switch over to electric from fossil-fueled vehicles will go as planned.

Worst city to own an electric car

  • Mansfield EV Charging Points – 0
  • Northampton EV Charging Points – 0
  • Swansea EV Charging Points – 0
  • Kingston upon Hull EV Charging Points – 0

Best city to own an electric car

  • Milton Keynes EV Charging Points – 192
  • Aberdeen Charging Points – 100
  • Newcastle upon Tyne Charging Points – 75
  • Coventry Charging Points – 122
  • Nottingham Charging Points – 215
  • Edinburgh Charging Points – 130 EV Charging Stations UK
  • Glasgow Charging Points – 152
  • Leeds Charging Points – 104
  • Portsmouth Charging Points – 41
  • Derby Charging Points – 56
  • Croydon Charging Points – 35
  • Southampton Charging Points – 47
  • Slough Charging Points – 29
  • Sunderland Charging Points – 56
  • Bristol Charging Points – 66
  • Liverpool Charging Points – 77
  • Plymouth Charging Points – 16
  • Peterborough Charging Points – 9
  • Leicester Charging Points – 28
  • Luton Charging Points – 13

Data published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders shows over 25,000 pure electric new cars were purchased during the first nine months of 2019, more than double the total in the same period last year.

These cars now hold a 1.3% share of the new car market.

But industry experts have warned that demand for pure electric cars will be restricted unless there are significant improvements to public charging stations across the UK.

Why Every Tradesman Needs Social Media

While a lot of tradesmen tend to have some online presence, there are still plenty of businesses who rely on offline marketing and word of mouth. While this may have been sufficient a few years ago, we have entered a digital age where your online presence is a marker of success, reliability and trust.

A regularly updated website is priority number one however any company website should integrate and link to your social media which is why we believe every tradesman needs social media and here are the reasons why:

Build a Community

Social media is an excellent place to gather your customers, prospects, and fans to provide reviews, share opinions, voice concerns and offer feedback. You can build a community in a number of ways, including:

  • Posting useful, relevant and interesting links
  • Competitions and promotions
  • Providing a place to leave reviews and other feedback
  • Offering incentives for activity on the page

    Keep your social media pages fresh, unique and frequently updated can help you to develop a loyal following that will continue to grow and help to gain you business.

    Social Media Is Good for SEO

    Social media can be an effective way to direct traffic to your business website and blog. Your blogs, links, and other actions that are contained on your public Facebook page also can give you an SEO boost if they are indexed by ​search engines. Every social media site which you complete your full company details then also serves as a backlink to your website which once against boosts your SEO goals.

    Having a Facebook page filled with rich content relevant to your business can help you boost your search engine rankings.

    Showcase your work

    Social media is a great way to show off the quality of your work. Many homeowners and business owners will ask or search for pictures to see what a completed project looks like, and social media is a great way to give them easy access to those pictures showing the quality of your work which once again is a trust factor.

    It is important to ensure that all of your photos are professional and capture workers when they are dressed professionally and working.

    Take great quality photos making sure they are professional and wearing the correct clothing and equipment, and you will definitely attract the attention potential new customers.

    Are you convinced?

    Hopefully you are now convinced that having social media business pages set up is a priority to secure your brand and promote your business. However for those who already have social media pages set up for e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. then hopefully now you have more motivation.
  • Burglar-proof your home this winter

    As winter approaches and the dark nights draw in many of us will escape the cold in the comfort of our homes. But darker nights also mean a greater need for home security, especially when you are not at home.

    Let’s look at some steps you can take to keep your homes safe and secure during the winter months.

    CCTV Installation

    Consider installing a CCTV system. People don’t like to think they could be caught on camera when up to no good – but, make sure your cameras are placed correctly so that you’re not overlooking other people’s homes.

    Must-have CCTV features:
    • Motion detection
    • Night vision
    • Wi-Fi capability
    • Weatherproof casing

    Smart Locks

    Smart locks let you open the door using a keypad, finger scan, or your mobile device. That means you no longer need keys, which can get lost, given to a friend or someone working in your house and not returned, or hidden under the doormat where a burglar is sure to look.

    Security lights

    Fit outside security lights to the front and rear of your home to ward off potential intruders. These could be dusk-to-dawn lights which turn on at night, or, motion sensor ones that switch on when movement is detected.

    Light Up the Landscape

    Dense shrubs next to the house can provide a hiding spot for burglars, especially in areas that are not well lit. You don’t need to remove the bushes or plants and diminish your landscaping efforts. Place lights around your front and back gardens, along pathways, and near the garage and other outdoor structures.

    • Always put away stools and ladders.
    • Lock gates, sheds, and other outdoor buildings.

    Fit an alarm

    A working, well maintained, visible alarm keeps your home safe from potential intruders. Monitored alarms over bells only provide an extra deterrent as burglars know that someone else is ready to action an alarm if it is triggered.

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