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Friday
Mar302012

Petrol at home: the risks and the law

Updated on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 9:05PM by Registered CommenterAlan W

I couldn’t believe my eyes when on 29th March I saw a TV news clip of a guy loading jerricans full of petrol into his car (a large hatchback). This is so dangerous (and illegal in some respects) that it’s hard to know where to start. Read more about petrol storage laws and how it affects you at home.

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Wednesday
Mar282012

Why coin cells are highly dangerous to kids

Discarded batteries can usually be disposed of safely via your local authority: if a coin cell is swallowed, go to A&E immediately. © AWI'm reminded by a reader of the danger that button batteries or coin cells pose to kids - if they're swallowed then it should be treated as a medical emergency, call 999 or go straight to A&E.

The problem is that due to electrolytic action, the cell converts salty water - as found maybe in the throat or gut - into caustic soda (Sodium Hydroxide) - known to many as caustic drain cleaner or oven cleaner.  So there's a serious risk of chemical burns in the throat or stomach.

Cheap button batteries are available on large cards for £1 from Pound shops, and are almost bought and treated like sweets -- but parents must make sure they keep button batteries and coin cells away from babies and children. If swallowed, seek emergency advice straight away and don't take No for an answer. More details on this specific problem from BatteryControlled, a website dedicated to promoting awareness of this risk.

You can read more about caustic soda from Dow Chemicals, one of the world's largest chemical manufacturers.

(Update) Here is  a useful link from a US Childrens Healthcare site:

http://www.uwhealthkids.org/news-and-events/coin-batteries-hidden-danger-to-kids/36241

Here's another thread on The Register.

 

Tuesday
Mar202012

Defeating unsolicited phone calls

Updated on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 1:08PM by Registered CommenterAlan W

It's telecoms silly season again and I'm receiving tiresome calls again from telco. suppliers trying to switch me onto their own tariffs. So in this feature I explain some practical things you can do to combat this bothersome nuisance and get your revenge.

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Sunday
Feb122012

Consumer Advice and Info

I'll write about all sorts of interesting consumer-related stuff that you probably didn't know about. Hints, tips, pointers, stuff about packaging, and more besides will be found here.

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