Mobiles for the elderly

Mobile phones have become a common place gadget for most people, but in order to make it possible for the older generation to access this technology there are a number of considerations to deal with.

The first issue is the physical size of the handset. Fortunately, the trend for smaller and smaller handsets seems to have diminished and the majority of mobiles are now a more sensible size.

A further issue for many people however is the size of the keypad or app icons on the screen. Most phones have an accessibility feature which increases the size of these and can easily be set up in the settings menu.

A simplified home screen can be a beneficial to some people as it makes it easier to see and select the application they want to use. Again this is simple to do on the majority of phones. A visit to the phone store where you purchased the phone or sim card from will usually result in helpful member of staff setting the phone up for you.

Buying second hand phones

If you are in the market for a new mobile [hone, you may be shocked at how much some of the newer, popular models are. Many people don’t want to have a phone on contract, or already have a contract for their usage, so therefore they will have to purchase the handset themselves.

Buying a second hand phone can save you a lot of money and if you don’t mind having the slightly older model, you can often half the original purchase price.

There is always a risk involved when buying second hand, and ideally you want to try and buy from somewhere that will give you a warranty or accept faulty returns. If buying from an individual you may not get any sort of guarantee and even if you are shown it working, it may be that it has an intermittent fault or a fault that takes a little while to take effect.

 

Charging items for a holiday

When going on  holiday you may need to charge a number of items before you go. If you have children who are taking tablets, hand held consoles or dvd players for use in the car and on holiday then you can spend days prior, making sure that everything is charged.

When charging any electrical item always insure that you are using the correct charger as if you do not this can have serious effects and can cause fires. Also try not to charge items when you are out of the house of when you are asleep in case they do catch on fire, and make sure that you tunr off and unplug the charger after use.

Be wary about buying any chargers online especially if they have not passed the EU checks as they are more likely to cause an accident.

If you are taking chargers with you be sure to have the correct plugs i.e. USB plugs.

Charging your power tools

If you have a job that requires you to use power tools when out and about you may need a way of accessing power to run or charge your equipment. Sometimes electricians struggle on site where they may not have power or may have to turn it off to carry out certain jobs. If they have plug in drills they may not be able to carry out the work unless they have an onsite generator which they can plug in to.

Some people fit an inverter in to their car or van which converts the 12 volt power that comes out of the car socket in to 750 or 1000 watt for example. This will then allow normal house hold plugs to be plugged in to the invertor allowing them power and to charge batteries off the car battery. If you are using an inverter then try to do so when the car is running, but if you do use it without the engine running be sure that you do not run flat your car battery.

 

 

Mains powered smoke alarms

Smoke alarms are so important and really can save lives. Having battery powered smoke alarms can be dangerous if you do not remember to change them or simply remove he battery when it starts to bee to say it is low.

You can have smoke alarms that are linked up to the mains allowing them to run constantly off your electricity supply. This means that you do not have to worry about replacing batteries. Often they will have a battery inside to keep them operative should the power go off, but as this is not often needed, the battery will last for years before needing to be replaced.

These smoke alarms can also often be designed so that they do not sound when you burn your toast for example but would if there was a fire.

Mains powered smoke alarms do not cost a lot more than battery powered ones but you can easily make the difference back in the money you save from buying batteries.