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.
The law states that if you buy goods that are faulty, unfit for purpose or not as described, you have the right to return them and you also have additional rights when you shop online. The sales of goods act states that if you buy an item that is faulty you have 30 days in which to return it for a full refund, after this thirty days the retailer has the right to try and repair or replace the item.
With electrical goods you get a 12 month warranty on anything new. Sometimes this warranty is with the manufacturer rather than with the retailer, but if within the 30 day period then your first port of call should be the place you bought it from. If after 30 days the item develops a fault some retailers will still accept you returning it provided you have the receipt, otherwise you may be asked to contact the manufacturer who will have their own returns policy.
For years now many of us have used online banking as a method of checking balances, transferring money and paying bills. Most banks have some sort or secure log in systems to make this possible, but many have also invested in apps for smart phones and other smart devices such as tables. These apps can often be downloaded for free and linked to your current and saving accounts. They will instantly show you a balance and most of them also allow you to make simple transaction (such as paying a person you have paid before). Some of them, such as the Nationwide app, remembers your details and will display your balance simply by clicking one button, without having to log in.
As with all things online, I you are using the internet to carry out banking, make sure you have a secure connection and that your device has an up to date antivirus software package installed.
Many devices run off software such as our computers, phones and even TV’s. Often this software needs to be updated from time to time to allow new improvements to functionality, additional or updated security features and new look and design updates.
When implanting an update always make sure that you have a back up of whatever you need to, for example if you are updating a phone, back up your contacts and images / videos prior to the update in case you encounter any problems.
I would always recommend that you wait a few days or a week or so to carry out an update unless there is specific reason (such as security risk) to do so, as often when new software or updates are realised there are a number of issues that come to light that require a bit of time to fix. Holding fire for a bit of time will allows these bugs to be fixed prior to out installing the update.
With many of us having multiple portable gadgets, it has become apparent that people need ways of charging their devices when on the go, and not just in the car. Power banks have been out for a number of years now, but have steadily improved in terms of reduced size and charging capacity.
Power banks often allow a number of devices to be attached to them for charging. Often this is done via a USB or micro USB lead from the power bank to the device.
Some charging units have now even become wireless allowing items such as smart phones to be placed on a pad and charged without being connected via a lead. You can pick up a power bank for as little as a few pounds, but if you really want something reliable and that will charge quickly then you may want to look in to investing a bit more.