Safeguard against Record-breaking Rainfall this Winter

Nearly 17,000 homes and businesses flooded during the winter of 2015-16 and this winter could be worse. Britain is expected to experience unprecedented rainfall, with records to be broken by up to 30 per cent, according to the Met Office. What’s more, 1 in 6 UK properties are at risk for flooding, according to the Environment Agency, so it’s essential that you protect your home.

Even though floods cannot be completely avoided, there are easy and effective preventive measures that you can take now to minimise the potential damage. (more…)

Master The Holiday Recharge With These 4 Tips

Do you return from holiday restored, or ready for another?

“Ready for a holiday” is British speak for “tired/fed-up/keen to switch off/all three”. But there’s definitely a knack to ensuring that your well deserved break is just that, and you don’t return more tired and less ready to face the daily grind than before your departure.

Tip 1: Actually switch off
Many workers want to touch base with work to ensure they’re not hit with an unexpected, potentially stressful situation upon their return.

But stewing about something before you’re in a position to do anything about it is not going to help, and means you’ll likely be more drained and less able to deal with whatever the issue is upon your return.

You could even be catastrophising, blowing the supposed “disaster” out of all proportion, at the cost of your holiday happiness and relaxation.

Why stop at your phone? Switch off your mind to work as well, especially negative thoughts about work. (more…)

7 Ways To Keep Your Cool This Summer

Embrace the heat of high summer while keeping comfortable with these tips from Bennett Christmas.

No matter how many times we welcome warmer temperature, only to blast it when it lingers in the twenties for five consecutive days, we never seem
to be prepared.

We’re more likely to keep an umbrella to hand than personal fan, but keeping your cool when all about you are losing theirs is easy if you know how. You may even turn a few heads while doing it.

Face mist – A portable solution can be yours for under a fiver, with canned hydration to keep you fresh faced. Start adding in vitamins, toners and the like into the mix and you can expect to pay ten times that amount.

Hot curry – The heat compound capsaicin found in chillis stimulates sweat production. Sweating leads to heat loss as your perspiration evaporates, so while
your mouth might be on fire, your body will be cooled.

Thermos flask – Well-designed flasks do just as good a job at keeping drinks hot as they do keeping them cold. Pack a drink with some ice and you won’t need that pricey iced smoothie.

Winter Worker Safety Tips

Winter weather can create various hazards that include slippery surfaces and roads, strong winds and frigid temperatures. These conditions can promote an increase in workplace accidents that include hypothermia, frostbite and falls. However, many of those injuries can be prevented with the right preparation and presence of mind.

Prevention techniques are most effective when everyone in the organisation makes safety a priority. The following measures can help keep you safe at work during the winter months: (more…)

Update On The Recent Flooding

For two months, the United Kingdom has been battered by severe rainstorms and ruinous floods brought by winter storms Desmond, Eva and Frank. The cost of the damages these storms have wrought upon homes, businesses and general infrastructure is an estimated £5 billion, and the Association of British Insurers (ABI) estimates that insurance pay-outs from storms so far will reach £1.3 billion. That averages out to an estimated pay out of £50,000 for each domestic flood claim, compared to an average of £31,000 from the 2013-14 winter storms.

Because there has been no extended lull in this inclement weather, much of the ground is saturated with excess water. This has left many areas highly susceptible to more damaging floods. While volunteers and the army are currently erecting temporary defences to impede any forthcoming floods, it may not be enough.

At the time of publication, Storm Jonas is expected to buffet the United Kingdom with torrential rain and fierce gales, with the potential for snow and ice. Currently, more than half the nation is under a flood warning (meaning flooding is expected) and an additional quarter is under a flood alert (meaning flooding is possible).  (more…)