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Home Living : July 5th 2011
4 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, July 5, 2011 Unsafe work sparks warning Take heed of warnings. NSW Fair Trading has issued a timely reminder on the need to use properly licensed electricians to avoid accidents and even deaths during winter. Every year Fair Trading reports on electrical accidents. The report for 2009-10 showed there were five fatalities from 51 serious accidents compared to four fatalities from 47 accidents in 2008-09. Fair Trading Deputy Commissioner Steve Griffin said half the non-fatal accidents involved working with overhead power lines and the majority of incidents involved people who were not electrical or network workers. ''Unsafe practices were identified as a factor in four of the five electrocutions in 2009-10 and the absence of safety switches was a contributing factor in three of the fatalities,'' Mr Griffin said. Things to consider: Do not undertake do-it- yourself electrical work. All work must be carried out by a licensed electrician; Do not work live. Safe work procedures are essential for electrical workers. Risk assessment, isolation, testing and use of safety equipment are all essential; Safety switches save lives. Since 1991, the installation of safety switches on power circuits has been mandatory in new homes and additions. Since 2000 they have been mandatory on both lighting and power circuits of new houses and additions. Safety switches must be tested regularly; Observe and obey electrical hazard warning notices and entry prohibited notices; 'Look up and live' when working near overhead lines. Electricity can spark across a gap, so don't take risks. Details: workcover.nsw.gov.au HOMELIVING Planning is key to a sustainable lifestyle IF renovating your house, be environmentally friendly by planning ahead and consider the following: Which sustainable features are important: From water conservation and solar energy to making use of wind flow and ensuring your house has adequate shading, there are many possibilities to consider when you decide to embark on a ''green'' build. Make sure you understand what each component entails; Decide what's appropriate: Think about how far you want to go. Would installing a water tank, putting awnings over windows and giving your insulation an upgrade do the trick? Or do you want to make your home as green as possible by opting for solar power and using sustainable building materials and appliances? Do your homework: In order to come to terms with how sustainable design works and what it will mean for your lifestyle, do your research by visiting showrooms and websites and reading magazines and newspapers specialising in them; Find a designer who is sympathetic: While it's becoming more mainstream, some designers are more experienced in sustainable design so if you're passionate about giving your project a green feel, find someone who specialises in this area. &ACTORY DIRECT TO YOU .O MIDDLEMEN INVOLVED COMPARE OUR PRICES! PLANTATION SHUTTERS GLOBAL SHUTTERS & BLINDS PTY LTD TEL: 1300 128 230 www.gloshutters.com "!337//$ M 2005103m 12/4 *plus installation charge, price quoted for a minimum order of 2m2 www.designarobe.com.au • FREE Measure & Quote • 10 Years Guarantee CUSTOM MADE BUILT IN WARDROBES email@example.com Unit 2, 68-72 Derby Street, Silverwater 2128 Showroom Open 6 Days We await your visit to our showroom! p 9748 0844 f 9748 0546 BUILDING LIC NO 204289C 2080543i 31/5 Combinations Instant back relief its all about Quality & Comfort Showroom & Warehouse 1 Vuko Place, Warriewood Home Hub Centre - Castle Hill Cnr Hudson & Victoria Ave Phone: 9913 1133 www.niceinteriors.com.au Phone 9634 8855 NEW 2061931 21/6 FROM ONLY $1299 Nordic Chair + Stool UP TO 40% OFF SELECTED ITEMS QUALITY LOUNGES FABRIC OR LEATHER World's Leading Shutters | Roller Blinds | Romans | Venetians | Awnings and more... All products can be motorised www.completeblinds.net.au 8824 7975 zb0454 Our qua lity never b efore offered a t thes e prices SALE Free INSTALLATION As heard on Ray Hadley 2GB BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES PH: 9890 7477 PH: 9890 7477 • FREE MEASURE & QUOTE • LIFETIME GUARANTEE Made to suit your budget & needs • Style • Service • Variety • Full range • Accessories • Hinged Doors • Sliding Doors • Over 20 years exp. Sydney Wardrobe Company Pty. Ltd www.sydneywardrobe.com.au Lic: 185628C 2152887i hlw wk40 Home Living gives you the opportunity to maximise your advertising dollar through placement in a selection of local newspapers that will most effectively reach your market -- which means more potential leads and sales opportunities for your business. Extend your reach with cost-effective campaigns, contact your Home Living Advertising Consultant on 9689 5395. Source: Get in with the Locals, Clarity Research, December 2010. Filter: Sydney. Reach renovators and decorators. SHUTTER SPECIALISTS PH: 9868 5373 ONLY hln BEAT ANY GENUINE QUOTE ALL SHUTTER REPAIRS SLIDING • BI-FOLD • HINGED • FIXED
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