Electricity -the major cause of accidental fires

Government statistics show that electricity causes more than 20,000 fires a year – almost half of all accidental UK house fires. Each year, about 70 people are killed and 350,000 are seriously injured due to an electrical accident in the home. Although many incidents are caused by faulty appliances rather that the electrical installation itself, a properly-installed and well-maintained installation could significantly reduce the possibility of an accident or injury. So, it is important that any electrical installation work is carried out only by people who are competent. This means people who have the knowledge, skills and experience needed to avoid dangers to themselves and others that electricity can create. It’s easy to make an electrical circuit work – it’s far harder to make the circuit work safely.

How old is your wiring?

Electricity is usually out of sight, out of mind because cables are conveniently hidden inside our walls and switches and sockets. So it’s not surprising that we forget to check our electrical installations for wear and tear. Faulty and aging wiring is one of the major causes of electrical fires in the home. You can avoid these by having regular checks carried out on the condition of your cables, switches, sockets and other accessories. There are clear signs that can help you tell the age of electrical installation in your home. These are:

  • Cables coated in black rubber (phased out in the 1960s);
  • Cables coated in lead or fabric (before the1960s);
  • A fusebox with a wooden back, cast iron switches, or a haphazard mixture of fuse boxes (before the 1960s);
  • Older round pin sockets and round light switches, braided flex hanging from ceiling roses, brown and black switches and sockets mounted in skirting boards (before the 1960s); and
  • Wall-mounted light switches in bathrooms (before the 1960s).

Your Personal Journey through A Major Insurance Claim

1. Shock – for you and your family, both physically and financially. It is not nice to read, but this is a definite consequence of a fire, flood, burglary or any other unforeseen misfortune. Shock can result in the need for medical assistance for the more vulnerable and the young.

2. Uncertainty – No one will tell you what will happen next. You would expect to be surrounded by accurate information at this vulnerable time but this is very hard to get. Don’t be surprised if the people working for your Insurance Company are evasive, slow to respond, elusive and unable to be definitive. You are not their concern. The Insurance Company is. A decision or acceptance to liability may take months!

3. Frustration – Gardai may carry out an investigation e.g. Scene of Crime or Forensic Investigation. This can be a slow process, with lack of follow up and often no result or satisfactory conclusion. You the owner may be the last person to receive any information. Continue reading Your Personal Journey through A Major Insurance Claim

Protect your home this winter

The winter months are a peak time for burglaries in Ireland. With this crime on the rise we have put the following tips and advice together so that you can do all in your power to avoid this menace.

Outside the Home:

Potential intruders will look for signs of carelessness around your property that identify you as an easy target. It does not take a lot of effort to make your home appear less appealing.

  • Never leave shed doors or gates open, keep them closed and locked.
  • Keep all valuables such as bikes and tools locked away, out of sight.
  • Never, ever, leave keys outside under a mat or a plant pot. If you have to leave them for someone, ask a neighbor.
  • Never leave ladders or bins (these can be climbed too) outside or unsecured. Continue reading Protect your home this winter

10th Eircom PhoneWatch Published

Eircom PhoneWatch have recently published their 10th annual Burglary Report revealing an 8.5% increase on last year’s figures. Over the ten years that they have been carrying out their surveys over €700m worth of goods have been stolen from Irish homes.

Speaking at the launch of the report Eoin Dunne, Chief Executive of Eircom PhoneWatch commented “Over the ten years that we have reported on burglary in Ireland, one insight remains constant – burglary regardless of boom or bust is a crime phenomenon, which is simply not going away. The figures consistently demonstrate that the vast majority of burglaries take place while the home is occupied, thus increasing the risk of confrontation and personal danger, so it is of particular importance that people become more security aware while they are in the home. This year’s findings also indicate that burglars are more audacious than ever. As the winter months approach, which over the past ten years has been the busiest for burglars home owners need to be aware that there are simple measures that can be introduced today to make their home more secure”. Continue reading 10th Eircom PhoneWatch Published

Burglary – Simple steps to lessen your risk

Burglary – A crime on the rise.

According to the 2008 Eircom Phonewatch Burglary Report, burglaries in Ireland increased by a whopping 32% over a one year period. In this post, we are going to give you some good advice on how to minimize your risk of becoming a victim of this crime. Firstly we will take a look at some of the figures from the Eircom Phonewatch report.

Between June 2007 and June 2008 over €100m worth of goods were stolen from Irish homes, give that figure a moment to sink in, €100m! The report also showed that a staggering 80% of burglaries took place while occupants are in the home. Continue reading Burglary – Simple steps to lessen your risk