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Edition No. 191

Date:- 13 March 2005

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Safety Body Helps Desperate Housewives

ELECTRICAL safety organisation, the NICEIC, is urging long suffering wives to keep their dangerous DIY husbands from carrying out electrical work in the home and garden.

Research out today from the NICEIC suggests that despite a new law designed to prevent homeowners doing DIY electrics, many people still feel confident to take on complicated electricity work, despite the risks. 17% of DIYers would tackle wiring in new plug sockets, nearly 10% would install and wire an electric shower and even 3% of people are prepared to rewire the whole house. 

Disturbingly one in ten of DIY'ers were worried that whilst doing DIY they might hurt or kill themselves or someone else.

Jim Speirs, director general of the NICEIC said:- "Many women will breathe a huge sigh of relief as new building regulation, Part P, puts the lid on over ambitious husbands taking unnecessary risks with DIY electrics. Those husbands who insist on doing the work themselves will have to notify a local building control body before starting any work and pay the appropriate fee for an inspection and a certificate after work is completed. The NICEIC does not advise homeowners to go down this route, which could take longer and drive housewives to further despair."

Part P, which came in to force in January 05 aims to stop the rising numbers of deaths from faulty electrics. Each year faulty electrics cause an average of 12,500 house fires, 750 serious injuries and 10 deaths.

The NICEIC found that 12% of people had received an electric shock whilst doing DIY work and nearly half of these had not learned by their mistake having received more than one electric shock. Even more worryingly, 12% also said they had drilled or nailed through a hidden mains electric cable.

Jim Speirs continues:- "We believe that this legislation is long overdue. We have championed the rights of the consumer to have access to electricians who are technically competent and safe for the last 50 years. We would urge DIYers to put down their screwdrivers and leave the electrics to the experts."

To be sure of your electrician, look out for the NICEIC logo and contact the NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) which has a register of Approved Electrical Contractors, you can find one in your area by visiting or call the NICEIC on 0870 013 0381.


LIVERPOOL Culture Company has signed a multi-million pound sponsorship deal with award winning Radio City 96.7. From this week, the Liverpool-based station will be ''The Official Radio Station of the Capital of Culture.'' The official '08 partner agreement follows sponsorship deals with law firm Hill Dickinson and United Utilities. As official '08 station, the deal means Radio City will especially promote Capital of Culture events organised by the Liverpool Culture Company up to 31 December 2008.

Radio City 96.7 was set up in 1974 and has a weekly audience of more than 524,000 people, and is the largest local commercial radio station in England outside of London.

Tom Hunter, Station Managing Director, said:- ''As Liverpool's number one local radio station we are 100% behind the Capital of Culture project. As the City moves towards 2008, we are already seeing enormous benefits in terms of infrastructure and new facilities. I believe the best is yet to come, as together we create some exciting new events and put Liverpool back in its rightful position as one of the world's great cities."

Councillor Mike Storey, Leader of the City Council, said:- "We are very pleased that a Liverpool media organisation has shown such confidence in our plans for 2008 that they want to become an official partner. We are determined to have the best ever Capital of Culture and it is very encouraging to be supported by Radio City. Their support will enable us to communicate our '08 events to half a million people every day and hopefully attract new audiences to become interested in the city's culture. Radio City will bring extra publicity and help create a major impact for all the events we are planning for 2008. The station will be able to bring added value and extra coverage to the excellent support Capital of Culture gets from the Merseyside media. Private sponsorship is fundamental to help finance our plans for '08. We will continue to lobby the government but we are also working extremely hard to plug any gaps in funding via the commercial sector. I'm confident more big deals are to come.''

Liverpool Culture Company's Jason Harborow, Chief Operating Officer of the Liverpool Culture Company, said:- "Radio City is our latest official partner but there are many others who are showing an interest in joining with us. We are currently in negotiations with a number of companies who want to be potential partners with Liverpool '08 - they include firms in banking, transport and telecommunications. We know that there is already tremendous interest and enthusiasm among the private sector for them to be fully involved in the next four years. We are making great progress in delivering a Capital of Culture of which we can all be proud." 

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