By Jef Howell

This hands–on advisor can help you arrange for and deal with easy domestic maintenance and enhancements. Jeff Howell (the Sunday Telegraph′s DIY columnist) and a bunch of alternative specialists advisor you thru the rigors and tribulations of DIY, supporting you to hold out a number initiatives – from solving a leaky faucet to striking wallpaper – correctly, affordably and with minimal disruption. The full–colour drawings illustrate the step–by–step ideas and the lay–flat binding is ideal for on–the–job DIY recommendation.

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Families should develop and rehearse a home escape plan, with two ways out of every room. Store a fold-up fire escape ladder in every upstairs bedroom. Also include plans for a designated meeting place where everyone should gather once safely outside. After you’re out, stay put until help arrives and never re-enter the house under any circumstances. If it feels safe, open the door slowly and be prepared to close it quickly if heat and smoke rush in. Don’t stop to get dressed, find pets, or collect valuables.

Don’t overload electrical circuits or put too great a burden on individual sockets or lightweight extension cords. Overloading causes overheating, which leads to wire fatigue and a possible fire. Dimming or flickering lights, a power cord that’s warm or hot to the touch, fuses that repeatedly burn out, and circuit breakers in the consumer unit that frequently trip are sure signs of an overloaded circuit. ✓ Don’t use bulbs with a higher wattage than a lamp or fixture is rated for because the lamp can seriously overheat.

Good old common sense: ✓ Exercise great care with all flammable materials, including fabrics (like curtains and furniture) near heat sources (like stoves, heaters, and open fireplaces) and especially combustible liquids (like solvents, cleaners, and fuels) – when both using and storing them. ✓ Don’t overload electrical circuits or put too great a burden on individual sockets or lightweight extension cords. Overloading causes overheating, which leads to wire fatigue and a possible fire. Dimming or flickering lights, a power cord that’s warm or hot to the touch, fuses that repeatedly burn out, and circuit breakers in the consumer unit that frequently trip are sure signs of an overloaded circuit.

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