Home Health and Safety

Health and Safety

Burn admissions rise during lockdown

The number of contact burns from heating appliances has increased by 25% and scalding incidents from taps rise by 9% this year

Institute drives home “flip ‘n’ flush” message

With our understanding of coronavirus transmission growing, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has urged consumers to flip down the toilet seat before they flush

Homeowners offered COVID-19 safety advice

New guidance has been issued to homeowners for when they have tradespeople carry out work in their homes.

Scottish government confirms return for domestic work

The Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has warmly welcomed the Scottish government’s announcement that domestic work will be included amongst the scope of construction work now permitted

APHC advises on return of plumbers to people’s homes

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) has participated in an online conference with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in order to provide direct feedback on the effects of COVID-19 on the plumbing and heating sector.

Precautionary advice for emergency domestic work

A new animation offers guidance to contractors and customers during emergency domestic work.

Safe electrics: The hidden dangers 

With the growing prevalence and importance of electrics in modern gas boilers, electrical safety has become a hot topic in the heating industry. Neil Macdonald, technical manager at the HHIC, looks further at considerations that need to be made.

Dodgy energy meters: What should you do?

If you suspect that a homeowner's energy supply is at risk or have suspicions about anything you’ve seen but don’t know what to look for, keep an eye out for some of the following signs of tampering.

OFTEC extends registrations during COVID-19 crisis

OFTEC has extended all current business and technician registrations for two months without charge, as part of the trade association’s support for its 9,000 registrants during the coronavirus pandemic.

Government needs support of construction industry, stresses BMF

Construction work must continue to follow coronavirus guidelines so essential work can be completed safely, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has underlined.