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Is Your Building Ready for Your Return?

Following the Governments recent announcement regarding the Coronavirus lockdown, the construction and manufacturing industry are encouraged to start operating again as long as they can provide and maintain social distancing and good hygiene.

Some of our clients have been in touch with us ahead of them returning to their workplace to make sure their building is ready for their return so whether that be relamping, carrying out remedial works following recent electrical testing or making sure they are still compliant with their buildings safety testing.

Where to start? – One area we really want clients to think about prior to their return, whether thats as soon as this week or in the coming months, is their emergency lighting.

If your emergency lighting hasn’t been tested recently then it should be before the premises reopens and staff return to an operational building. This then ensures the batteries are charged and all the emergency luminaries are going to work in an emergency as they will be how your staff will be able to evacuate safely from the building.

It’s important to remember that emergency lighting in a building also assists the emergency services such as The Fire Brigade to enter, carry out their important work and leave the building safely also.

Emergency Lighting Testing  – We are still able to go in and test your emergency lighting in your business premises even if you are not there as it is classed as essential maintenance. We just need access to be given and social distancing to be adhered to for the sake of our electricians and any staff that may be on site.

How can we help? – If you want to discuss if your building is ready prior to returning then why not get in touch with us. We can assist any businesses in St. Albans and surrounding areas not just the manufacturing and Construction industry, so please let us know if we can be of any assistance.

For now we hope everyone continues to stay safe!

 

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Our Little Ray of Sunshine

We hope everyone is keeping safe and well during this lockdown period. We are still following Government Guidelines and our electricians only carrying out essential electrical works and maintenance mainly in and around the St. Albans area.

We wanted to share some happy news with you as some of our customers were aware that our Operations Manager Claire, (she’s the one you are likely to speak to first when you contact us!) was expecting a baby in April, well we are pleased to let you know that baby girl Darcy has now arrived safely and mother and baby are doing really well.

Of course the Coronavirus has made this a difficult time in terms of Darcy meeting her family for now and the team at Fulcher Edwards but we hope it won’t be long!!!

As we are a family business this time is still uncertain for us, like many small businesses, though we are hopeful that once the lockdown has been lifted we may get some enquiries that will keep us afloat. For now we will remain positive and will be enjoying our new family member even if it is mainly on FaceTime!

We are still monitoring emails and can assist with any emergency call outs you may have so feel free to contact us still via our website, call us on 01923 616985 or drop us an email at info@fulcheredwards.co.uk

Stay safe everyone!

 

 

 

 

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Test It Tuesday St. Albans!

You may have noticed Fulcher Edwards like to remind you guys each week to Test It Tuesday aka #TestItTuesday via our Twitter, Facebook and our Instagram page. We do this EVERY Tuesday!

The reason we do this life can get in the way and its very easy to forget to test your smoke alarm and it could save your life.

We know with everything going on right now with Coronavirus is taking up a lot of our attention and rightly so, its a scary unusual time for us all. However, as most of us our working from home and schooling from home currently, its never been a better time to get into the habit of testing your smoke alarm each week.

Smoke alarms require very little maintenance but you want to know it will work should a fire break out at your property and you will only know if it will work effectively if it is tested regularly to make sure it’s working. A simple press of the test button on the alarm will show you instantly and could save lives.

If you don’t have any smoke alarms in your home or landlords property currently then why not get in touch and we can advise what you need, how many and where. All our electricians are Aico Approved Installers and can suggest the right ones for you. Quotations are free.

Though we are only carrying out essential works we can still provide you with quotations and discuss any requirements you may have

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. Just contact us via our website or give us a call on 01923 616985.

 

 

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Our New Office in St. Albans

Just before life got a little different for us all with the Coronavirus pandemic, Fulcher Edwards moved offices and we just wanted to inform you of our new contact details!

Don’t worry we are still in St. Albans but now in the town centre in a lovely building called Censeo House which is in St. Peters Street, not far from where the famous St. Albans market is held each week!

If we are your chosen electrical services and maintenance provider then please update your details to the following with regards to our correspondence address;

Censeo House

6 St. Peter’s Street

St. Albans

Herts AL1 3LF

All other details remain the same, so you can still contact us on 01923 616985 and our email is info@fulcheredwards.co.uk so if you need an electrician at your home or business in St. Albans or surrounding areas then please get in touch for a free quotation.  We are still operating though only for essential and emergency electrical works and of course working from homes whilst we are all isolating during the Coronavirus pandemic, but we are still taking calls and receiving emails so happy to discuss any plans you might be considering in the future.

Keep well, from all the team at FE.
Electrician in st albans - Censeo House 6 St. Peter’s Street St. Albans Herts AL1 3LF

 

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Covid19 Fulcher Edwards Operations Update

What a week eh! I don’t think any of us could have prepared for what we are currently facing with the Coronavirus pandemic.

Like many businesses, big or small in St. Albans Fulcher Edwards Ltd have had to temporarily close our electrical services family business following Government Guidelines but also thinking of the health and wellbeing of our customers, electricians, wholesalers and all members of our team.

Like the rest of the country, this will be short lived but in the meantime we wanted to assure our customers that you can still contact us by calling us on 01923 616985 or email us at info@fulcheredwards.co.uk should you be in need of an emergency electrician in St Albans, London or Hertfordshire with any urgent queries.

We will still be contacting our customers whose fire alarm and emergency lighting we maintain as this is classed as essential maintenance works. If you have an emergency call out still please still call the emergency call out number on your fire alarm panel.

We hope it won’t be too long before we are back to normal and our electricians are back assisting you in your homes and businesses in and around St. Albans, but until then please keep safe and well, we will get through this! You may still see us update our Social Media platforms like our Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram during this is time and we will try and share any useful information on our blog.Fulcher Edwards, Electrician in St Albans Logo

For now take care and a big thank you to our wonderful NHS, from all the team at FE.

 

 

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Warehouse Heating in St Albans, Hertfordshire & London

Warehouse heating in St Albans, Herfordshire and LondonIn today’s world of increasing energy costs and concerns about energy efficiency, it is quite a challenge to work out the best way to provide effective and efficient heating in large premises, such as a warehouse.

It is important to provide staff with a comfortable working environment – it can make a huge difference to how safe they are and how much work they get done.  It can actually make a difference to bottom line profit too.

So how do you do this whilst still keeping costs down and reducing carbon footprint?

There are a few different options to choose from, which should really be determined by the size and shape of your unit.

Warm air heating systems are one of the most popular ways to heat a warehouse.  A warm air heater heats the air which creates a comfortable working environment.  Air is passed through a heat exchanger that increases its temperature.  The warmed air is then distributed through the space by a fan.  The air is distributed around the space evenly, so that there aren’t any cold spots and the temperature is consistent.

Radiant heating is another option.  It works by emitting infrared radiation from the hot surface of the heater.  Unlike warm air heaters, radiant heaters do not heat the air, but rather objects and people.  Any heated object then in itself becomes a secondary heater, providing another source of heat. Radiant heating is very energy efficient as it only delivers heat where needed. This type of heating is usually placed in warehouse areas that lead to the outside, such as loading bays.

Destratification fans can also help reduce energy consumption with a warm air system by returning the warm air from the roof space back to the floor where it will be felt.  This keeps heating costs down and increases the efficiency of the main heating systems.

The Carbon Trust estimates that the use of Destratification fans in industrial buildings with high ceilings, operating a warm air heating system, can reduce energy consumption by 20%.

At Fulcher Edwards Ltd we have the experience, knowledge and professionalism to carry out heating installations for your business, big or small.

CALL US now to find out how we could help you and your business.

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St. Albans Managing Agents – Let us help you!

Fulcher Edwards has been assisting Managing Agents in St. Albans, Herts and London for many years with electrical maintenance, Electrical Installation Condition Reports and Portable Appliance Testing plus much more. Whether you are an agent in St. Albans with a number of landlord properties on your system or your are a residents in a building that has its own Management committee, we can provide a service that helps you rather than hinders you.

For example this week we are carrying out 9 EIC Reports in residential properties which has been planned to a tee! Each resident knows when and who will be attending their property and what work is involved. Once all the properties have been tested each resident will have their own copy of the EIC Report for their records and so will the Managing Committee.

What Makes Our Service Different?  – We also send our reminders when electrical testing and maintenance is due so you don’t have to worry about it. Our full list of services includes all aspects of works required by an electrician such as testing, installation, fault find finding and general maintenance. We also offer Fire Risk Assessments, fire extinguisher servicing, air conditioning installation and maintenance.

Insured Workmanship & Accreditations  Fulcher Edwards has Public Liability Insurance of £10 Million which can also be increased upon request. We are also NICEIC Registered Electrical Contractors and are SafeContractor and Trustmark accredited for your piece of mind.

Find Out More – If you are looking for an Electrical Services Company in St. Albans that will make sure your properties comply with Current British Standards then why not get in touch with us so we can provide you with a free quotation and discuss our services.

You can read some reviews about our service on Google also by searching for Fulcher Edwards Ltd St. Albans or on Yell.com. Feel free to get in touch for more information at info@fulcheredwards.co.uk or 01923 616985.

 

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Efficient Office Heating

January is well and truly here whicoffice heating installer in London, Hertfordshire and St albansh means the cold weather is upon us! I’m sure your office heating is on constantly now but is it efficient?

As per the Carbon Trusts website, Energy is one of the largest controllable overheads in office buildings which means there are many opportunities to make savings. Reducing energy consumption not only saves money but improves working conditions which can increase staff productivity. Furthermore, the environment will benefit from reductions in energy use and carbon emissions which enhances corporate reputation

Energy Advice Courtesy of the Carbon Trust From PCs to vending machines, office equipment of some kind or another is used by almost all UK businesses, and accounts for around 15% of all the electrical energy used in UK offices.It’s an area where huge savings can be made, as effective management of equipment can reduce its energy consumption by up to 70%. Start by focusing on the following three areas:

  1. Upgrade existing equipment
    Technology advances daily. New equipment with better energy efficiency ratings can lead to big savings. Watch the video and see how much you could save by upgrading old monitors. You’ll find advice on a range of equipment in upgrading equipment and systems.
  2. Have an office equipment policy
    Develop a set of guidelines to standardise operations and communicate it. For example: activate stand-by modes on PCs and set up printers to print both sides of the paper (duplex printing).
  3. Maintain equipment
    Well-maintained equipment is more efficient and lasts longer. So set up a maintenance schedule, keep equipment free from obstructions and prevent over-heating by cleaning filters and fans regularly.
Call your local Electrician 
One of our electricians covering St Albans and London recently changed some heaters at a commercial building in Smallford, St. Albans and we are already hearing about the benefits of this Company upgrading their old heaters for new ones.
What else can you do?
Behaviour in the workplace is also another factor, with awareness being given which can help change behaviour in the workplace to reduce unnecessary energy consumption and cut your organisation’s carbon emissions.
If you are thinking of upgrading your heaters then why not contact Fulcher Edwards who can not only provide a free quote but we can discuss your requirements and give you advice that suits your business. You can contact us via our website on the contact us page or by calling 01923 616985.
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Happy New Year from your St. Albans Electrician

Well there goes another year and very quickly it did too! We are not going to lie though that 2019 was a tough year for Fulcher Edwards Ltd like many other small businesses. It came with way to many lows unfortunately, but we are hopeful that 2020 will be much better and with a lot less uncertainty surrounding the UK.

We can’t thank our customers enough for their instructions and support as they have really helped us to keep Fulcher Edwards going for another year. We have a loyal customer base and we really do believe that is because we offer a quality personable service as well as our accreditations such as NICEIC and Safecontractor.

If you are considering any electrical works or maintenance for your home or business this year then please support local businesses as by doing this you really are in most cases helping a family to pay their bills. Fulcher Edwards has been established since 1981 but at the end of the day it is still a family working very hard to keep it going.

Our electricians cover St. Albans, Watford, Radlett, Bushey, Hemel Hempstead and most of Hertfordshire and even London so please get in touch if you would like a free quotation. Our Contact Us form can be found on our blog or our website or if preferred you can call us on 01923 616985 or email info@fulcheredwards.co.uk

From all of us at Fulcher Edwards Ltd Happy New Year! Happy new year 2020 from your local electrician in st albans, herfordshire and london

 

 

 

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Merry Christmas from your St. Albans Electrician

We would like to wish all our customers a safe and happy Christmas and make you aware of our shutdown period over the festive season.

Our office is closed from the afternoon of Monday 23rd December 2019 through to Thursday 2nd January 2020. Our office hours resume back to normal on Friday 3rd January 2020. Please note if you have works booked in over this period that they will still go ahead and one of our electricians will be with you as planned.

If we maintain your fire alarm system and you have an emergency call out over our shutdown period please call the emergency call out number on your fire alarm panel. Please leave a voicemail if no immediate answer and an electrician will call you back as soon as possible.

All enquiries will be responded to on our return on the 3rd January.

Traditional Christmas Tree lights lying on a wooden floor

Traditional Christmas Tree lights lying on a wooden floor.

From all of us at Fulcher Edwards Ltd we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

 

 

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