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29th April 2016
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With news of exploding appliances hitting the press (no pun intended!) again this week, Trustmark’s latest initiative is timely. The organisation has partnered with CFOA Blue Watch, the Chief Fire Officers’ home safety scheme, to promote the assessment and registration of safety features and appliances.
Supported by UK Fire and Rescue services, Blue Watch provides help and support to households to reduce hazards posed by electricity, gas, fire and carbon monoxide, for example. The Blue Watch logo shows that a trusted fire safety professional has validated a property or safety product – and of course Trustmark endorses the need for qualified and experienced professionals to install and maintain appliances.
For while it’s the exploding appliance that’s generally blamed, so often it’s actually the way it’s been fitted in the first place or how it’s been treated since, that’s the real problem. People moving home sometimes dismantle appliances to make them more easily transportable (and then don’t reassemble them again correctly) or perhaps connect something up that they shouldn’t be fiddling around with. Few notify the manufacturers of their move. And then there’s the misuse…
Some years ago I kept getting shocks from my washing machine as I unloaded my washing. I’d thought it was just the cold, as the machine was in an unheated extension, but it turned out that I was receiving electric shocks as a result of something my (now-ex) partner had done when he connected it up after our house move. If I’d not mentioned it to my father, I might not be here now. The experience has taught me to use a qualified professional every time – and register my products, so manufacturers know where I am in the event of a product recall.
The more we can do to get the message across, the better.
This Week's News
And how well prepared is the North itself? A KPMG report released recently said that the biggest issue facing the Northern Powerhouse is how to attract and retain people in their twenties and thirties - the 'millenial' generation.
Uform is celebrating Spring / Summer with the launch of a new product trio under its popular Kitchen Stori consumer brand. Featuring matte, gloss and oak finishes, these latest ranges are designed to capitalise on current market trends and provide products that represent the best that the kitchen industry has to offer.
Smeg has debuted Dolce Stil Novo - its most elegant and technically advanced collection of appliances ever. Conceived and manufactured in Italy, the collection comprises innovative built-in ovens, game-changing hobs and pan-stand designs inspired by the natural world.
AEG is launching a compact, multifunction oven with sous vide, to bring great taste to kitchens of all sizes. It works in exactly the same way as a traditional oven, with the added benefit of steam and sous vide functions.
Amica household appliances, one of Europe's fastest growing manufacturers, is now supporting laundry products with a five year parts and labour warranty. Launched at the CIH Show in Birmingham, the warranty will be available on all laundry products in the Amica catalogue with a 7Kg capacity and above.
Championing the latest trend for farm-to-table food preparation, luxury interiors showroom, Urban Interior, brings nature back into the home with its innovative granite Herb Garden, featured in the Urban Kitchen Collection by SieMatic.
Designed with the modern lifestyle in mind, a herb garden in the kitchen is perfect for metropolis environments as it is both sustainable and aesthetically pleasing.
In a recent online survey, premium appliance brand V-ZUG was awarded the accolade of the most trusted provider of household and kitchen appliances in its home country of Switzerland. This coveted award recognises and rewards quality and reliability.
For many years Readers Digest has surveyed readers across Europe to ask which brands they consider the most trustworthy and this year some 16,000 consumers were involved including 1,200 in Switzerland. The Swiss contingent, not for the first time, voted V-ZUG as its most trusted brand.
Edmondson Interiors has announced the launch of its new bespoke contemporary utility room - now on display in its Kent showroom. Within the utility room the company has designed an innovative and very unusual (and useful) dog washing area which can of course also be used for either boots or sports equipment washing too!
On The Level first started supplying Voyage Care around five years ago when, having experienced problems with slow water drainage in some showers, the company asked On The Level to design a solution to stop water flowing into other areas of the bathroom.
On The Level is an expert in the design and manufacture of custom-made shower formers which exceed normal stock shapes and sizes. The custom-made formers created for Voyage Care projects to solve the excess water problem, cover the entire bathroom.
The event, which was held in Eastbourne, saw over 40 tradespeople attend to find out more about what the Trading Standards Authorities can do for their hardworking businesses along with providing information about what the partnership means for tradespeople and consumers, whilst continuously delivering exceptional customer protection.
Ideal for installations in compact spaces, the slim-line Geberit Duofix Sigma 8cm framing system has been relaunched, with a number of improvements to ensure it continues to meet the demands of modern bathroom design.
More versatile than ever before, the Geberit Duofix Sigma 8cm now has a frame width of just 50cm, making it the ideal solution for small bathrooms and cloakrooms, or where depth is an issue.
British bath manufacturer Design & Form has announced the appointment of Jason Pontin to its board as a non-executive director. Experienced in internet marketing and working with customer groups worldwide, he will be supporting both Design & Form and its luxury retail brand, Cabuchon Bathforms.
Jason gained much of his experience in the United States. In 2004, he joined M.I.T. Technology Review, the world's oldest technology publication, as publisher and editor-in-chief.
Rev-A-Shelf, the manufacturer of cabinet organisation and LED lighting accessories, has published its new comprehensive 2016/2017 Product Specification Guide.
Guy Malam, managing director of Doncaster-based Tembe DIY & Building Products, has raised £4,000 for Children with Cancer UK by completing Sunday's Virgin Money London Marathon for the first time, alongside his fianceee Victoria.
Guy said he hit well over his target, raising over £4,000 to date for Children with Cancer UK and funds are still rolling in.
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