The recent news about the TalkTalk cyber-attack is a serious reminder of how essential it is to ensure your IT network is sufficiently protected from anyone wishing to cause any harm.
This sort of event has a sweeping impact across all aspects of a business, from emotional impact to the company’s reputation. TalkTalk’s shares have dropped to their lowest price since 2013 and almost every business these days holds some form of confidential information about their customers.
Flickering lights is a relatively common issue and do not always indicate a problem with your electrical system. If your lighting flickers in your home or office there are a variety of explanations, here are the main causes below and how to address them:
If a single light bulb is flickering, it’s likely that it’s the bulb causing the issue. You can check to make sure the bulb is secured properly in the fitting (always make sure you switch the light off before doing this to stay safe). If a bulb isn’t secured properly then this can cause a flicker as it’s not connected correctly. If you find the light still flickers when it’s switched back on it could mean that the particular bulb needs to be replaced as it’s at the end of its lifespan.
Stay warm and safe this winter when using portable heaters. They are a great low-cost option; particularly for older generations and small offices where it would be costly to generate heat for a whole building.
In terms of energy efficiency there isn’t much difference between the main types of heaters on the market, the main types of portable heaters are:
– Oil-filled radiators
– Convector heaters
– Fan heaters
– Halogen heaters
Electrical Safety First carried out a survey which indicates at least half of those surveyed would be happy to use a portable heater and almost 40% would be comfortable leaving it unattended, and 20% ready to leave a portable heater switched on overnight.
One appliance, one socket is best practice in your home and should be followed wherever possible, many of us are guilty of overloading sockets with block extensions and extension leads when they were only ever designed for temporary use.
For most, the use of extension leads as a permanent feature is considered the norm and often means that safety isn’t considered like it should be. Overloaded and twisted extension leads can overheat, blow fuses and cause damage through fire if not managed correctly.