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Home Living : July 5th 2011
6 HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, 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. Unit 17, 28 Vore St, Silverwater Tel: 9648 0000 Mob: 0430 134 499 Fax: 9648 1766 firstname.lastname@example.org 2157101i 23/11 • Polyurethane & Vacuum Form Doors • Caesar Stone Benchtop • Free Quote & Design • Builders & bulk purchase welcome OPEN 7 DAYS Homeway kitchen Kitchen Direct Australia 40% 50% 60% OFF! ROLLER SHUTTERS "Don t Be Fooled!" Forget The Gimmicks Just Genuine Prices UNIT 4/17 STENNET RD, INGLEBURN 9829 1255 2128134i 22/3 shutterworld The latest technology in security shutters Heat out to 90% Cold to 90% Noise 50% SLIMLINE BOXES BUY DIRECT FROM MANUFACTURER & SAVE $$$ www.shutterworld.com.au 12 Months Interest Free Terms Free quote! Come visit our showroom! LICENSE NO 175403C Beat the Winter Rush EXCLUSIVE SLIMLINE DESIGN Instyle Blinds and Shutters Pty Ltd 2083106i 3/5 STYLE SERVICE DESIGN Phone (02) for a Free Measure and Quote )NSTYLE 0ROMOTION %NTRIES #LOSE &RIDAY TH /CTOBER 4ERMS AND #ONDITIONS !PPLY 0ERMIT .UMBER ,403 For more details visit www.instyleblindsandshutters.com.au BUILT IN WARDROBES 9725 2266 www.kingwardrobe.com.au f. 9725 2166 e. email@example.com Unit 4/94 Hassall St, Wetherill Park GUARANTEED TO BEAT ANY PRICE Life time guarantee. Call now for a FREE measure & quote. We service all areas Eftpos available 2134031i 01/03 from $389 shutters curtains blinds 2277756 5/7 HUGE SHUTTER SALE! www.stylehouse.net.au SEE OUR PRODUCTS ON DISPLAY AT HOME OBSESSION, ROUSE HILL TOWN CENTRE NEAR TARGET 9629 9445 SAVE 20% Decks Pergolas Stainless steel wire handrail Lattice Privacy Screens DIY pergola and deck kits Lic No: 170944C FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS OUTDOOR PINE FREE DESIGN & QUOTE 5 CHILVERS ROAD THORNLEIGH www.thomsonsoutdoorpine.com.au 2136330i hln wk39 PHONE: 9980 7611 THOMSON S Is mould & mildew taking over? DON'T RE-TILE REGROUT Licence No 1170 • Regrout any tiled area • Stop Leaking Showers • Recolour Reseal Grout • SIlicone & Tile Repairs • Shower Screens • All work guaranteed FREE QUOTES 9822 1872 firstname.lastname@example.org www.tileregrouting.com.au 2167997i 1/3
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