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Is your home suffering from socket overload?

As an electrician in Birmingham, one of the most common electrical mistakes I see in peoples homes is the over reliance on extension leads. Now this may not seem like a big deal if you have been using extension leads for a while, however extension leads if used incorrectly can overheat and this can lead to fire.

Why I don't recommend extension leads

Landlord slapped with hefty fine for neglecting tenants safety

A London landlord has been fined after contravening fire safety laws and having unmaintained electrics throughout the property.


The property which was a House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) consisting of eight bedsits over four floors, was a serious fire and electrical safety hazard. Fire safety inspectors had already issued a notice to the landlord to prevent use of the property until changes had been made to make it suitable for rental.


Would you act on a product recall notice?

Product recalls. We have all heard of them, but have you ever been sent one? In many cases, product recalls can be a challenge due to the fact that many buyers are untraceable. Unregistered products, moving away from purchase addresses and even not acting on product recalls can soon become a head ache for manufacturers and retailers as they struggle to make contact with the buyers of their goods.


What type of things can be recalled?

How to become more Energy Efficient

Do you worry about the increasing costs of electricity and other energy?


If you do, you are certainly not alone. The results of a survey carried out by the Rexel Foundation and Opinion Way indicated that 9 out of 10 people believe that fuel poverty is going to get worse. That's an incredible 90%!


As an electrician in Birmingham, one of my priorities is to ensure my customers save money on their electricity bills by installing the latest in energy saving products.


Is your student accommodation ready for this academic year?

According to a recent report carried out by (AFS) 70% of student landlords had let their properties ahead of the new September intake. Student accommodation is a growing trend amongst the rental sector with growing numbers of landlords now entering the student accommodation market thanks to favourable conditions such as better rental yields when compared to other rental sectors, a renewable annual market of tenants, rent often guaranteed by a parent or guardian and the prompt payment of rent thanks to termly payments of student loans.


Are you at risk of electric shock?

There are a lot of common myths that exist around home electrics. One of the most common myths is actually spurned on by electricians themselves and that myth is surrounding fuse boxes and upgrades. If you are a householder who has recently been recommended a fusebox upgrade, you might like to read on...


Is a fuseboard upgrade really necessary?

If you have not had a new fuseboard or rewiring work carried out in your property in recent years, then you may well have been told you need a new fuseboard (in todays terms, consumer unit.)

Electrical Experts – Raising Public Awareness of Electrical Safety

Electrical safety in homes is a subject very close to my heart and I am committed to spreading the important message about electrical safety in the home. One of the main problems I find when visiting homes for quotation visits is the lack of knowledge surrounding electrical safety.

Electrical Experts – as seen on Channel 5!

I am proud to say that I have featured on the Channel 5 show – brand new house for 5k! The show if you've not seen it yet, features Linda Barker in a quest to transform peoples homes for less than £5,000. With many people believing home renovation is costly, brand new home for 5k shows how a home can be transformed on a far smaller budget.


Landlords in Birmingham, do your tenants have a fire alarm?

Research carried out by YouGov recently revealed that 1 in 5 private rented properties do not have a working fire alarm. Despite a 90% uptake in fire alarms after a successful decade of campaigning for homes to have a working fire alarm, it is tenants who privately rent their homes that have mostly been found to have no smoke alarm.