Category Archives: Environment

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Homemade Weed Killers

Category : DIY , Environment , Project

Some homemade weed killers have been used for centuries and claimed to be very effective.  They may not be as effective as a commercial weed killer but they work in some degree. You may not be able to get rid of the weeds totally and they may grow back after a period of time.  In some ways I prefer trying some of the eco-friendly concoction. They are safer to use and less harmful to your health and environment than using commercial chemicals.

Below is a list of six of the homemade weed killers you should try:

1. Vinegar
2. Salt
3. Boiling hot water
4. Bleach
5. Newspaper or cardboard
6. Salt, vinegar & dish soap

They are more effective when you manually remove all weeds before applying any of the homemade weed killers. If you try any of the suggestions above please let us know and share your experience or your own weed killer concoction.

Happy experimenting!


Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Category : Environment , Security

carbon-monoxide-alarmEvery home with at least one fuel-burning appliance or heater, attached garage or fireplace should have a carbon monoxide alarm. Carbon monoxide is produced by devices that burn fuels. Therefore, any fuel-burning appliance in your home is a potential CO source. Electrical heaters and electric water heaters, toasters, etc., do not produce CO under any circumstances. An alarm should be installed on every level of the home and in sleeping areas. Carbon Monoxide Alarm monitors the presence of deadly CO in the home, providing a constant protection against the effects of this deadly gas.

Carbon monoxide or CO is a colourless, odourless, tasteless, poisonous gas produced by incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels, like gas, coal, wood and oil. Carbon based fuels are usually safe to use, however, when the fuel does not burn completely, the excess CO is highly poisonous and can incapacitate or even kill within a short time. When CO enters your body, it prevents the blood from bringing oxygen to cells, tissues, the brain and organs. You cannot see, taste or smell CO but it can kill quickly with little warning. This kind of death normally happen when the person is sleeping or during the night. This is why every gas, oil and solid fuel appliances and flues must be properly installed by qualified engineers. Lower quantity of CO levels that do not kill immediately can cause serious harm to health if breathed in over a long period. In extreme cases paralysis and brain damage can be caused as a result of prolonged exposure to CO.

This is why having carbon monoxide alarms installed throughout a property is so important. Beside that, it is a legal requirement that every landlord must carry out a check to ensure that smoke or carbon monoxide alarms are installed to comply with the Regulations. The alarms need to be checked that they are in proper working order on the day a tenancy begins where it is a new tenancy. A new tenancy is a tenancy granted on or after 1st October 2015.

What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?

Early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can be confused with many common ailments or food poisoning, viral infections, flu or simple tiredness. The list below are the symptoms to look out for:

  • Severe throbbing headaches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea and dizziness
  • Stomach pains
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness
  • Vomiting
  • Pains in the chest
  • Erratic behaviour
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Fast heart rate

What to look for in Carbon Monoxide alarm.

It is important to ensure that the CO alarm complies with British Standard EN 50291 and carries a British or European approval mark, such as a Kitemark. These standards show that the alarms have been extensively tested to ensure their quality including sensor reaction times, minimum alarm sound levels and temperature resistance. Currently most CO alarms last between 5 and 7 years. CO alarms should be installed, checked and serviced in line with the manufacturer’s instructions.


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Blocked Sewage Drain

Category : DIY , Environment , Plumbing

When you discovered your outside drain is blocked,  your immediate thought might be ‘how much is this going to cost me?’ But first things first: don’t panic! If money is tight there are a few things you could try before calling out a professional.  While some drain blockages will require professional help, many you can resolved it yourself with minimal effort. That is if you don’t mind getting stuck in and possibly getting a bit smelly. Here’s something you can try. Watch this video on unblocking sewage drain yourself with a rod and plunger. Many people found this method very effective and it will save you a fortune.

If you do not like to do it yourself, pick up the phone and give TwoLet a ring. We can clear the blocked drains at your property. No job is too small or dirty for us.


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Security Accessories

Category : Environment , Security

call_point_cover_open_right_viewKAC Call Point Cover

Recently, TwoLet Properties Management Ltd installed several safety measure items in a community centre. There are three manual Call Points  in the community centre. On several occasions the Call Points were maliciously activated causing unnecessary panic and inconvenience. Such incident is not unusual. There are measures you can take to eliminate accidental activation of the Call Point alarms. Consider if it is in an appropriate area or in an area where it is prone to accidental activation caused by being hit by other equipment. Could it be protected by fitting a cover over it as a deterrent to potential vandalism and accidental activation?

The KAC Call Point protective cover is made from tough polycarbonate plastic specifically designed to be used with the KAC range of manual call points. It provides a plastic hinged cover which helps to stop accidental activations of the Call Point unit whilst still allowing access to the Call Point in a real fire situation. This KAC Call Point Cover fits on the most common call point installed in Britain today.

The KAC Call Point protective covers are available on TwoLet Shopping online store.

Call Point symbol signs

sign_and_cover_call_pointFire safety signs are often overlooked by business owners but in fact all businesses will need at least 2 signs (a Fire Action Notice, and an Extinguisher ID sign) and quite probably more, to be legally compliant. The provision of Fire Safety Signs must be considered as part of a Fire Risk Assessment.

The Call Point symbol signs come in either rigid plastic or self-adhesive flexible vinyl. The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 (the Safety Signs Regulations) implement European Council Directive 92/58/EEC on minimum requirements for the provision of safety signs at work. This guidance is aimed at helping employers meet their responsibilities under these Regulations. The Regulations require employers to use a safety sign where there is a significant risk to health and safety that has not been avoided or controlled by the methods required under other relevant law, provided use of a sign can help reduce the risk. Safety signs are not a substitute for other methods of controlling risks such as engineering controls and safe systems of work.

The plastic Call Point symbol signs are available on TwoLet Shopping online store.

No Smoking Sign

no_smoking_sign‘No Smoking Sign’ are part of everyday life because of the smoking ban in place in every public building, and even some public spaces. As an employer it is your responsibility to ensure that signage is clearly displayed to prohibit employees and visitors from smoking in designated areas.

If your company deals with flammable or hazardous substances, it is vitally important that you have no smoking policy in place. Smoking in an area that contains such substances can lead to severe injury, or worse, death. As an employer it is your responsibility to make visitors and staff aware of the non smoking policy.

The plastic No Smoking Signs can be purchased from TwoLet online store.


What is Legionella?

Category : Environment

Image by CDC/James Gathany – CDC Public Health Image Library

Legionnaires’ disease or Legionellosis is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia. Legionella is a naturally occurring bacteria wide spread in nature. Legionellosis is the name for a group of illnesses associated with legionella bacteria.

Legionella bacteria are found in low numbers in natural aquatic environments, for instance, lakes, rivers and ground water. As a result, it is virtually impossible to prevent Legionella bacteria entering man-made water systems. When the bacteria enter the water systems in the built environment, conditions can often encourage significant growth and reproduction to levels which can cause bacterial pneumonia and be fatal to humans.

The law require the landlord who rent out their property (or even a room within their own home) to ensure the health and safety of their tenant by keeping the property safe and free from health hazards. Therefore it is a legal duty for landlords to assess and control the risk of exposure to legionella bacteria, but Health and Safety law does not require landlords to produce or obtain, nor does HSE recognise, a ‘Legionnaires testing certificate’