Electricians in Wellington

Lessons from the New Zealand Fire Service: Electrical Safety

Electricians in WellingtonWinter is coming to New Zealand, and with it comes the increased risk of fires. As the weather becomes cooler, people are more likely to keep their heaters running, including other heating appliances like electrical blankets and hot water systems.

Due to the increased use of heating appliances, the chances of electrical failure also increases. In response to recent fires that affected Otara, Auckland, and Pukekohe, the New Zealand Fire Service released an official public reminder highlighting the importance of electrical safety. You also have companies like Adam Tulloch, who would like to remind citizens to have professional safety checks done by a licensed electrician, every few months or so.

Simple Safety Checks

All of the recent fires in New Zealand were related to some sort of electrical problem. The Fire Service stresses the importance of simple safety checks, imploring citizens to monitor their appliances and electrical equipment at all times.

They ask citizens to check for leaks, loose connections and overheating. If the appliance is old, it is best to have it checked professionally or to replace it entirely with an updated model. Old, ill-maintained appliances are more likely to short-circuit and catch fire, which may have catastrophic results.

They also ask people to test their smoke alarms, ensuring that they are fully functional. Having working smoke alarms serves as an early warning sign that fire has broken out.

Constant Vigilance

The NZ Fire Service states that about 25% of all fires start in the kitchen. Along with the dangers of leaving a stove on, electrical appliances in the kitchen may be splashed with water or otherwise short-circuit. They ask New Zealanders to practice proper fire safety at all times, especially within high-risk areas like the kitchen.

Another cause for concern is electric blankets. Electric blankets are very popular in New Zealand, allowing people to sleep comfortably in their homes. The Fire Department recognizes the dangers of electric blankets and asks people to have them checked by a qualified electrician as soon as they show signs of wear.

Winter may increase the risk of fire but if people are vigilant and perform regular safety checks, tragedy can be avoided.

Expensive Jewels

Expensive Jewels You Thought Never Existed

Expensive JewelsYou know jewels can be costly not just for the quality of the stones and metals they are composed of, but also because of their history. But just how expensive can they be?

Here are three jewels you would be lucky to see:

1. Heart of the Ocean

According to JewelCast Ltd, this is something recognised by any shop that specialises in jewellery casting in the UK. Even replicas of the necklace inspired by the movie Titanic cost thousands of dollars in auctions. The movie reproduction, created by professional jeweller Asprey & Garrard, is a platinum-set, 171 carat Ceylon sapphire on diamonds, bought for almost a million GBP by an unnamed Asprey client. So far, no jeweller has yet produced a piece as described fictitiously by the movie: a blue diamond necklace once owned by Louis XVI.

2. Emerald and Diamond Tiara

There are many copies. But the Emerald and Diamond Tiara, a 500 carat piece commissioned in the 1900s by Prince Guido Count von Henckel of Germany for his wife, sold for 8.9 million GBP at a Sotheby’s auction. Owned and protected by Princess Katherina Henckel von Donnersmarck for most of its life, The Tiara is well-known for the beauty of the 11 rare Colombian pear-shaped emeralds that adorn its top. Below and around them are 11 cushion-shaped yellow diamonds and small ones embedded on silver and gold. Truly a special case of jewellery where the diamond is not the focus of the set.

3. Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond

Originally owned by Philip IV of Spain and valued for over 56 million GBP, this diamond is known for being one of the clearest blue diamonds in the world. To match its price somewhat is its tale of controversy. The English jeweller Laurence Graff bought the Wittelsbach blue diamond for around 16 million GBP, removed 4.45 carats from it and revealed the masterpiece inside. The move angered a lot of popular jewellers, who have since been tamed by the beauty revealed by Laurence Graff.

It is amazing how much money people are willing to spend on jewellery, especially if the pieces come with stories, like the three above. These pieces show how highly people regard precious stones and metals that have a little history in them.

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Pests Detection 101

RatsThe presence of pests in your carpet or curtain may remain a mystery until you know the right places and clues to look for them. It is natural human instinct to loath the intrusion of blood sucking pests and insects such as bedbugs, primarily because of the health hazard they pose to you and your family. Paying attention to the smell, noise, nesting and leavings is a good start to achieving a pest free environment in your home.

Smells

If you detect an ammonia smell from high-risk areas such as the basement, beddings, carpet or the curtain which needs cleaning, it is important that you investigate more keenly. The smell serves as a gateway to other means in your pest control activity since it is more about locating and tracking.

Noise

You may find it hard to monitor the noises at home during the day. However, pest activity is busiest at night and placing your ear against the walls or your ceiling will enable you to know just where the little monsters are hiding.

Nesting

Since the smell and noise only allow you to track and detect pest infestation, getting to the exact location requires that you find physical evidence of nesting. The presence of young ones, eggs, and food stores indicate the location of the pests shelter. The most likely areas for nesting will be your loft, behind appliances, and other dark and less trafficked areas of your home. Pests tend to frequent these areas to reduce the risk of you finding out and to avoid natural predators.

Leavings

If you encounter fecal matter or urine that are not familiar, chances are, your home is infested. Pests like cockroaches may be hard to detect, but if you find droppings resembling coffee granules that are out of place, then it's time to take action.

Early detection of pests is important. By following the smell, noise, nesting and leavings, you stand a chance at fighting the infestation.