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Christmas Wish List That Will Win Smiles

‘Tis the season to be jolly. Christmas will come knocking on our door in no time at all.  The holiday spirit in all of us will come to the surface. Some take decoration to a whole new level. They go overboard with hanging stockings, decorating their Christmas tree extravagantly and setting up nativity scene on their front lawn. Surprisingly, studies reveal this period also induces a lot of stress. 

A little digging reveals an exhaustive list which triggers stress. Reasons include working out where to spend Christmas, making a budget to buy presents and standing on long check-out lines. Another cause of concern is figuring out what to get our loved ones and whether they will approve our choices. While some believe it’s the thought that should count, others would rather return a gift they don’t like in exchange for something which is far more favorable. According to a survey carried out by RedStag Fulfillment and Optro, 28% of Christmas gifts was returned last year.

It takes time, money and effort to purchase a gift for someone. You scout different department stores for the best gift and stand on long lines. To have someone return your gift after all the hard work you put in is unacceptable. We want this year to be different. Not one to brag, but we believe our holiday gift guide is a win. Not only are our suggestions budget-friendly, they will also help keep the recipient of these gifts warm and cozy. 

Here are Our Christmas Gift Ideas:

Heated Plush Throw:

We are often tempted to crawl into bed and pull the covers over our heads when it becomes chilly. There is a better way to stay warm to snuggle down in bed. We have made the switch over to a heated plush throw. Your family and friends will also enjoy Lakeland Velvety Electric Heated Throw. It is silky-smooth and is available in plush colors such as soft grey and teal. It is large (120 cm X 160 cm) which means you can sleep comfortably without your feet sticking outside of the blanket. It takes no more than 5 minutes to heat up. It also has 6 temperature settings and an auto-shut. Best of all, it costs 1 penny to run for 7 hours! 

E-Tip Gloves:

When you’re on the go, your mobile phone may be put away in your hand purse or in your pocket. You would probably never take it out in the freezing weather unless there was a genuine need to do so. Chances are you would take off your gloves to use your phone as it is difficult to use a touch-screen phone with them on. While fingerless mittens with cover are available, we believe North Face E-Tip Gloves are far more practical. They are touchscreen compatible and provide protection in cold conditions simultaneously.  They are available in a variety of colors including green, purple, grey and black.

Hot Chocolate Book:

Are you looking a gift for a hot chocolate aficionado? There’s nothing like curling up in a sofa with a good book and a mug of hot cocoa. While pouring a Nestle sachet into a cup of hot water may do the trick for some, those that have distinguished taste wouldn’t mind spending some time to create a winter drink that is extra rich and creamy. We believe 120 Hot Chocolate Recipes by Bonnie Scott is a perfect gift. It contains beautiful pictures and 120 unique recipes from around the world. Your loved one will enjoy drinking hot chocolate spiced with cinnamon or topped with whipped cream.

Mug Warmer:

Choose one: a cuppa or an Americano? We prefer to mix it up because each kind of beverage is delicious and will keep us warm and toasty during the sub-freeze. If you are looking for a gift for someone that enjoys winter drinks, look no further than Smart Coffee Mug Warmer. It is an ideal accessory for those that habitually drink tea or a cup of joe. The mug warmer has an on/off switch with an indicator light and an extended power cord. It will keep their beverage warm for hours which means no more getting up to heat it in a microwave. Ideal for students who prep for an exam throughout the night.  

Boiler Breakdown Cover:

Without a doubt, the single best way to keep warm in the harsh weather is to have a boiler breakdown cover you can depend upon. Our plans include annual boiler service, emergency breakdown, gas safe check as well as carbon monoxide test. We have over 3000 Gas-Safe engineers in our network that have the expertise to repair gas-operable boilers. Sign up today to receive an early Christmas gift! You will receive FREE 1 Year Roadside Assistance which will take care of your flat battery, tyre damage, electrical breakdown and much more.

05/12/2019
Get Heating Cover this Black Friday

It may not be Christmas yet, but Black Friday is without a doubt one of the most awaited days of the year. Taking place on the first Friday after Thanksgiving, the shopping extravaganza will fall on November 29th. Shopaholics and common folk alike wonder what spectacular deals they will receive from their favourite brands. Once the deals are announced, hysteria ensues. While some stand in long lines that wrap around a building, others shop on e-commerce websites that promise deals at a fraction of the price.

We at 24|7 Home Rescue believe you can score the best deals by employing an offensive strategy. We are certain you will find the best deals for others using our guide.

Follow Your Favourite Brands on Social Media

First, follow your favourite brands on social media. If they have a Black Friday sale, you will be the first to know about it as their post will appear on your wall. 

Sign Up to Their E-Newsletter

Next, sign up to their e-newsletter. They may offer a flat discount on their entire website or a special offer on an item you are eyeing on. You can also discover deals using the live chat feature on a website. Most chat agents are online to interact with website visitors throughout the day. They would be more than happy to oblige if you ask them if they are offering any deal on Black Friday. In some cases, they will push a notification highlighting a sale in the chat window as soon as you visit the website. You can also visit price comparison websites which collate the best deals different brands are offering.

Install a Browser Extension

Last not least, you can install a browser extension that will automatically find and apply coupon codes at checkout. Honey and Wikibuy are some examples that you can install on internet browsers such as Safari, Chrome and Firefox. There is something out there for everyone.

We wonder what have you decided to gift yourself? 

As a boiler repair specialist, we want you to stay warm this winter. Temperature will average from a high of 45°F (7°C) to a low of 35°F(2°C) during winter. You can stay warm indoors by layering clothes such as an inner thermal suit and a knit sweater and by setting set your thermostat to 72° F (22° C) during the daytime and 62° F (17° C) at night.You should also caulk gaps in doors, draft-proof your doors with a self-adhesive weather strip and hang up honeycomb cellular shades. While these tips will winterise your home, a boiler will provide adequate heating throughout the home as well as hot water. 

This Black Friday, self – gift yourself a boiler breakdown cover plan. Upon signing up, we will gift you Roadside Assistance worth £59.98 for FREE for 1 year with £29 excess! Chargeable at £4.99 after 12 months, T&C may apply* Our cover starts at £2.47 per month with excess. Our plans include annual boiler service, carbon monoxide test, gas safe check, central heating as well as home emergency. You can also customise your plan as per your requirement. We guarantee a repair will be affected during an emergency.

 

We are the perfect service provider for the holidays. Many guests come from out of city to stay with their family during the holidays. As the boiler will overwork to provide hot water and heating, it may suddenly breakdown. Many businesses are closed for the holidays and do not open many days after New Year has passed. 24|7 Home Rescue, on the other hand, remains open to serve customers whose boiler have broken down. We understand the holidays are near and dear to everyone’s heart which is why we want you to have a piece of mind that if something were to go wrong, our engineers are more than happy to come out to affect a repair. 

28/11/2019
10 Simple Home Security Tips: How to Stop Burglars Targeting Your Home During the Festive Season

Your central heating not working when it’s freezing cold. Noisy pipes when you’re trying to get an early night. Your TV not working when you’re trying to enjoy all that top Christmas telly. These are just some of the horrendously annoying and inconvenient things that have been known to go wrong over the festive period! While these things are incredibly inconvenient, your house falling victim to theft is not only inconvenient, it can also be heartbreaking. While no one likes to think that this sort of thing will happen to them, it’s well documented that there’s a spike in burglaries and theft over the Christmas period. In fact, in 2017, it was found that on each day of the holiday period there was an average of 448 burglaries and over 1000 thefts.So how can we keep our home safe and secure over the festive season? With more of us going out in the evenings or heading off to spend the season with family, it can certainly be the most wonderful time of the year for burglars too.

Thankfully, our 247 Home Care Plan is available to provide you with additional reassurance over the festive season. Our plans will ensure that you’re covered not only for appliance breakdowns, plumbing and electrical emergencies, but also home security too. With unlimited call outs, nationwide coverage and a 24 hour UK helpline, you can feel safe knowing we’ll be here when you need us. 

If you need extra peace of mind for keeping your home safe this festive period, we have plenty of tips to ensure your home is kept safe and secure. Pair them with our 10 Home Safety Tips, and you can enjoy your Christmas feeling confident that you’re safe and protected!

1: Going Away? Don’t Make it Obvious!

A lot of us go away for Christmas and in some cases this can make homes an easy target for burglars. However, there’s a few simple home security tips that you can put in place to give yourself a little extra peace of mind. The key? Don’t make it obvious! Make your home looked lived in by leaving a few lights on, or if you want extra reassurance you can invest in timers that will switch lights on and off automatically. In addition, cancel any subscriptions you have – such as milk deliveries – that could end up being left on doorstep or front porches to avoid giving the game away. Also, if you have a phone answering service, be sure to avoid leaving outgoing messages such as “we’re away for Christmas!” 

Even if you’re just popping out to walk the dog or to pick the kids up, it’s still important to take measures to keep your house secure. Simply leaving a light on is enough to make it look as though someone’s home.

2: Speak to Your Neighbours

If you’re on good terms with your neighbours and you trust them, it’s always worth letting them know if you’re going away for the festive period so that they can keep an eye on things for you. You can get them to create the illusion that someone’s home by asking them to park their car on your drive, or even give them a spare key for them to take in your post and to open and close the curtains for you. 

3: Don’t Leave Spare Keys Lying Around

Even in this day and age it can be tempting to leave spare keys under doormats, in flower pots or above door ledges in the event that we lock ourselves out. While passers by clearly won’t catch sight of these clever disguises, burglars will know exactly where to look. So, if you normally leave your spare key in one of these places, a better idea is to leave it with a trusted neighbour or relative.

4: Keep Gifts Hidden

While the sight of your Christmas tree accompanied by piles of presents may seem like a wonderfully festive image, it can be one way to tempt a burglar to trying their luck. Especially if your tree is displayed in front of your window, keep gifts out of sight and well hidden to avoid the temptation for any potential criminals. 

5: Consider Your Festive Lighting

We all love to add a little festive cheer to the outside of our homes, but make sure you keep your home protected while you’re at it. Running extension cords out of open windows to power any outside decorations will be seen by burglars as the perfect opportunity! If you can, a good idea is to install an outdoor electrical outlet, which you can pick up at DIY and hardware shops. Alternatively, look at solar or battery operated decorations for the outside of your home. 

6: Lock Up

This may be an obvious one, but I’m sure we’ve all been in a situation where we’ve been in a mad rush and forgotten to lock the back door. It’s easily done. That’s why at this time of the year it’s important to take a little extra time to double check that your doors and windows are securely locked when you leave the house. Even if it’s just for a few minutes! 

7: Consider Parcels & Packaging

With so many of us opting to shop online for our Christmas gifts nowadays, criminals can easily nab something you’ve ordered if it’s been delivered while you’re out. Parcels left in bins, in porches or even in the back garden can be easily targeted by burglars so make sure you don’t leave notes on your door for couriers saying no one’s home! When you order online most retailers have the option for you to leave instructions as to where you would like parcels left, or in some cases you can select a delivery date or slot for when someone’s home. Alternatively, many retailers now offer Click & Collect services if you’re out for most of the day, or if your employer allows, you can get parcels delivered to your workplace. 

On the other side of things, if you’ve made a big purchase for the festive season, make sure you rip up and properly dispose of any packaging. Don’t go leaving the box that your brand new 4K TV arrived in outside with the recycling just because you can’t be bothered to flatten it just yet! 

8: Don’t Overshare

In this day and age, we all love to share our festivities on social media. Who doesn’t love Instagram-ing a picture of the piles of presents they’ve just wrapped or checking-in for Christmas drinks on Facebook? However as social media gets cleverer, so do burglars, with many of them using popular platforms to target locations. Make sure you don’t overshare too much on your socials over the festive season such as where you are and what you’ve got! 

9: Invest in a Burglar Alarm

When it comes to home security and how to protect your home from theft, a sure fire way to keep burglars at bay is to install an alarm. Unprotected homes tend to stand out more to criminals than protected ones, so it’s worth investing in, not just for the festive season but for all year round. If you already have an alarm, make sure that it’s well maintained and working well before you head off for the festive season. 

10: Keep Areas Well Lit

When it comes to how burglars pick a house, dark areas are one of the top factors. If there are any entry points to your home that are surrounded by dark areas, it’s worth investing in security lights which will help to deter criminals. Motion sensor flood lights will deter any potential intruders, while they can also be useful when you come home after dark. 

No one likes to think of a burglary or break-in as something that will happen to them at any time of year, let alone Christmas, however for a sad few, this can be the case. Thankfully, by following basic home safety tips you can ensure that you, your family and your belongings are kept safe all year round. For extra reassurance, our 247 Home Care plan is perfect for giving you complete confidence over the festive season. Not only are you covered for boiler breakdowns, and electrical emergencies, we also include pest control and most importantly, home security! You can relax knowing that you’re covered for all eventualities, and our UK based helpline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year! One less thing to worry about this Christmas, right?

Written by Amy Jackson – Content Writer at My Favourite Voucher Codes – 6th November 2019

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21/11/2019
Celebrate Guy Fawkes Night Safely
Crowd watching fireworks and celebrating at night

Held annually on November 5th, Guy Fawkes Night is one of the most awaited holidays of the year. Commonly known as Bonfire Night or as Fireworks Night, it is a holiday which is celebrated in Britain and in several countries that were once part of the British Empire. It commemorates the foiled Gunpowder Plot of 1605 in which a group of Catholics failed to assassinate the Protestant King James I. They wanted to replace him with a Catholic head of state. On November 5th, 1605, Guy Fawkes was arrested when he was caught guarding 36 barrels of explosives placed beneath the House of Lords.

Days following his arrest, many conspirators including Fawkes were arrested and then hanged, drawn and quartered. The following year, the Observance of 5th November Act 1605 was passed to commemorate the event. It is celebrated till today with parades, fireworks, and straw effigies of Guy Fawkes and other political figures which are tossed into the communal bonfire. 

Although, public parks provide great entertainment, they aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. Many prefer to host an event in the comfort of their backyard. A private event will give you the liberty to serve food of your choice, play your favorite tunes, and host a variety of activities. While, a get together with friends and family is always fun, starting a bonfire and setting off fireworks can be quite dangerous. Last year, 4436 individuals attended the emergency room because of injuries sustained during Guy Fawkes Night. 

The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) is currently calling on the Government to make a legislature mandating all firework packaging include graphic warnings like the ones which appear on cigarette boxes. They are hopeful people will take caution when hosting a fireworks display.     

Here’s How You Can Stay Safe

Set Off Fireworks:

  • Purchase fireworks that conform to British Standards. They should have BS 7114 and CE written on packaging. 
  • Keep fireworks in its original packaging or in a closed box with a metal lid. Do not empty them all onto the ground or put them in your pocket. You may accidentally set them off. 
  • Wear safety goggles, gloves and earplugs. It can prevent hearing loss and eye damage.
  • Angle fireworks away from buildings and caution spectators to keep a safe distance as you set them off. Ask them to stand at least 50 feet away. 
  • Pay attention to how windy it is. If there are strong winds, sparks from fireworks can blow towards spectators. You should position people in the opposite direction the wind is blowing. 
  • Keep pet indoors as fireworks explosion may frighten them. Close all doors, windows and draw the curtains. You should also distract them by turning on television.

Start a Bonfire:

  • Dig a shallow pit. It should be 50cm X 50cm X 01 meter. Surround the pit with stones or with bricks as it will keep the fire from spreading outside. 
  • Do not burn domestic waste as it is injurious to people’s health. Leaves, twigs, and fuel wood should be used instead. They burn very quickly and are safe to use.
  • Do not pour petrol and fireworks into the bonfire as it may flare-up. Use a fire lighter instead. 
  • Tie back long hair and do not wear scarves, skirts or other loose clothing which can catch fire.
  • Supervise your children from playing too close to the bonfire. It is very important you a keep an eye on them as they have the tendency to run after other children.
  • Keep buckets of water nearby or a hose hooked up to a water source. For extra safety, have a fire extinguisher as well. Do not leave the site until the fire is fully extinguished. 

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05/11/2019
How to Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector?

Dependency on heating has risen tenfold since autumn has begun. Temperatures will dip further in the coming months. We will be greeted by chilly winds and snowstorms which will force many to stay indoors. Our security blanket against the harsh weather is none other than a gas operable boiler. Manufacturers of national boiler brands promise warmth and comfort. In most circumstances, they deliver on their promise but in some instances, boilers pose as a threat to the well-being and lives of all living at home. Boilers that emit carbon monoxide need to be capped off immediately as they are a source of danger.

Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of gas boilers and is usually released outdoors through a flue. The deadly gas will equalize in our home under two circumstances: either the flue is blocked, or our boiler is defective.  Carbon monoxide will release if there are cracks in the combustion chamber, leak in the seams or cracks in the exhaust piping. Its symptoms include nausea, blurred vision, loss of consciousness and breathlessness. Don’t make the mistake of dismissing these symptoms as a case of the flu. It is far more lethal! 

Its pseudonym ‘silent killer’ is eerily befitting. The Department of Health reports carbon monoxide poisoning accounts for 4000 medical visits and up to 50 deaths annually. As exposure to carbon monoxide increases, its symptoms go from bad to worse. Breathing in high levels of the deadly gas can cause seizures, a feeling that your environment is spinning, loss of physical co-ordination and Parkinsonism. It is a degenerative neurological condition that is characterized by stiffness, impaired speech and slow movement. 

How to install a carbon monoxide alarm:

Choose the right carbon monoxide detector

Carbon monoxide detectors come dime a dozen. Choose wisely after researching the pros and cons of each type. You can find alarms that are plugged into an outlet and those that are wired into a wall by an electrician.  Battery-operated alarms are commonly used. 

Location, Location, Location 

Install a carbon monoxide alarm in every room that contains a fuel-burning appliance such as a gas boiler or a hob. The alarm should be at least 3 meters away from the appliance. You should also install an alarm in any room which has a flu. 

If you wish to install it on a wall, make sure that it is at least 15 centimeters away from the ceiling. You can also install the alarm on the ceiling, but it should be at least 30 CM away from the light source and walls. 

The best place to install an alarm is your bedroom and the rooms in which you spend the most amount of time in. If you live in a multi-level home, you should install an interconnected carbon monoxide detector on every floor. All units will sound off even if one device detects the deadly gas. 

Avoid These Areas

Care should be taken to not install a detector behind drapery, furniture or in enclosed spaces such as a cupboard. This will prevent the device from effectively detecting the silent killer. Additionally, do not place the alarm next to a window, vent or a door or in a damp area like a bathroom.  

Read the Manual

The step by step installation of battery-operable alarms differ from manufacturer to manufacturer. It is therefore very important to read the manual which came with the packaging before you begin installation. 

Use a Screwdriver

Use the template that comes with the instruction manual and place it against the wall. Mark installation holes with a pencil. Next, use a screwdriver to make holes on the marked spots. Place the wall plugs into the holes by tapping them into position. 

Install the Base into the Wall

Place the screws into the anchors and then screw them in tightly. Afterwards, fit the carbon monoxide detector into position.

Insert Batteries 

Insert the batteries into the device. Next, test the alarm by holding down the ‘Test’ button until you hear it beeping. The alarm will sound for 3 to 5 seconds before turning off automatically.  

Test Your Alarm

Make it a habit to test the alarm every month by pressing the test button until the alarm sounds off. This will ensure the alarm circuitry is functional. You should also test the sensor of the unit occasionally by using a canned CO detector test spray. It is a non-flammable aerosol. Press the spray nozzle for at least 3 seconds. Your alarm should sound off within minutes. 

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21/10/2019

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