New research reveals almost five million people are putting themselves at risk of employing an illegal gas worker, by not checking their engineer's Gas Safe ID card.
65% of illegal gas work inspected by our investigations team were unsafe. One in five gas appliances were so dangerous, they had to be disconnected immediately. Unsafe gas work can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and even explosions.
Matt Allwright, consumer rights champion, said:
“...too many people are letting illegal gas fitters into their home and putting their families at risk. It is vital that people don’t just trust a friendly face but make sure fitters are Gas Safe registered and qualified to work in their property, as the consequences of an unsafe gas appliance can be fatal.”
You can find out how dangerous your postcode area is at StayGasSafe.co.uk.
Don’t become a victim of illegal gas work; follow our top tips:
Trust the Triangle: only employ a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer when having gas work carried out in your home. Find a registered engineer in your area GasSafeRegister.co.uk
Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning; headaches, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, dizziness and loss of consciousness.
If you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak, call the free 24-hour national gas emergency number immediately on 0800 111 999.
If you suspect that someone is an illegal fitter or are worried about gas work carried out in your home, please contact us.
Only two months into 2017 and already 13 million people have had personal information compromised. Attackers breached 15 companies in February alone. Among them, the biggest names included popular music festival Coachella, restaurant chain Arby’s, and the InterContinental Hotel Group.
When financial information is in question, it’s important that data breach victims monitor their bank accounts and credit cards for fraudulent activity. Contact your bank or credit provider if you see anything that looks odd.
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Hot off the press is an updated version of the Recycling Guidelines, which includes new clarity around whether to include black plastics in your 'not recycled' list. We've listened to your comments on this and hope that these new guidelines will help you to make your communications clearer. Read on to find out more.
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John Roberts, the founder of Bolton-based online domestic appliances company AO World, has stepped aside as chief executive to allow its chief operating officer Steve Caunce to take over the role.Roberts, 43, set up the £600m turnover business in 2000 and retains a 26% stake. His new role will be as founder and executive director.Caunce, who holds a 12% share, will lead the company as chief executive, accountable for strategy performance and delivery, while Roberts will focus on innovation and inspiring AO’s staff
A spear-phishing attack could bring your company to its knees today. For all you know, you may already be under attack. That could result in a data breach that lands your company in the glare of the news cameras and in hot water with your customers, partners and investors.
The article is a helpful reminder that your employees often make life easier for attackers by being the weakest link in your network defences.
Social media is a rich hunting ground for hackers. Names, locations, photos, interests, connections, partnerships, vacation details, email addresses and phone numbers this is often the information that hackers use to target specific employees through well-crafted, highly personalised emails.
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Whirlpool has collaborated with Amazon to launch several new voice-controlled appliances that are set to be unveiled at CES in Las Vegas (January 5-8).
The smart appliances will launch across the brands portfolio in early 2017 and will feature voice capabilities through Alexa-enabled devices, such as the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot.
Using voice commands, users will be able to make changes to appliances such as adjusting the temperature of the oven or changing a wash cycle. Whirlpool said the aim is to simplify and improve consumers’ busy lives.
“As we continue to explore innovative solutions, we always want to do so with consumers’ habits and needs in mind,” said Brett Dibkey, vice-president of Integrated Business Units at Whirlpool Corporation. “As demand for a smart-home ecosystem grows, consumers are looking for a wide variety of new ways to interact with their appliances, whether it’s on-product, digitally with an app, or through voice control.”
Director of Amazon Alexa, Rob Pulciani, said: “Now any customer with a far-field Alexa enabled device can control most smart appliances made by Whirlpool Corporation, simply using their voice. Our customers will love the added convenience of hands-free controls while they’re prepping for dinner or finishing that last load of laundry.”
The news expands on Whirlpool’s relationship with Amazon, which currently features Amazon Dash Replenishment in laundry and kitchen products. ‘Early this year’, Whirlpool plans to expand this capability to more appliance models across its portfolio range.
“We’re eager to continue working with Amazon as it is a leader in e-commerce and automated replenishment, as well as voice control,” Mr Dibkey added. “The capabilities this relationship brings to our portfolio of appliances reinforces Whirlpool Corporation’s commitment to purposeful innovation.”
Whirlpool’s Smart Kitchen Suite unveiled at CES also includes Scan-to-Cook technology on its built-in oven range and microwave, Assisted Cooking and Control from Anywhere – which allows users to start, pause, stop and adjust the temperature and cook time for the oven from anywhere in the home.
TrustMark is working with Buckinghamshire & Surrey Trading Standards, its Primary Authority Partner, to provide another level of consumer protection and trade accreditation to both householders and tradespeople in the home improvement, maintenance and repair sector.
Together the two government organisations will jointly deliver a national Trading Standards supporting scheme, giving firms local reassurance with national recognition. The ‘Trading Standards Approved’ scheme is an accreditation that tells potential customers that the tradesperson not only complies with TrustMark’s Government-endorsed Standards for quality of workmanship, but they also understand fair trading practices and have in place all the correct documentation and insurances.