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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

Safeguard Your Home This Christmas with Fire Safety Tips from Ironmongery Experts

Safeguard Your Home This Christmas with Fire Safety Tips from Ironmongery Experts

The recent cold snap has already seen several parts of the UK affected by snowy conditions and freezing temperatures, giving a small sample of the bitter winter ahead. Whether you relish the oncoming frost or would much rather hibernate for the next few months, there are a few things to keep in mind regarding fire safety.

Firstly, like most people you’re probably going to use central heating when it really gets chilly. Alternatives can be more energy efficient, like electric heaters and wood burners, but no matter which method you use to heat your property, it’s important to be aware of the increased fire risk associated with the colder months of the year; a comprehensive list of dos and don’ts can be found on the National Fire Protection Association website, since fire safety should always be taken seriously.

Safeguard Your Home This Christmas with Fire Safety Tips from Ironmongery ExpertsAnything that is capable of burning should be kept at least 3 feet from any source of heat at all times, and your smoke alarms should be tested no less than once a month. Refrain from using an oven to heat your home, and make sure all fires, heaters and electric blankets are off before heading to bed. 

The kitchen can be hazardous too, so ensure you don’t attempt to cook if you’re sleepy or if you’ve had a little too much to drink – you’ll be putting your family’s wellbeing at risk if you doze off or forget about the stove. You can find even more fire safety tips on if you’d like to research the topic in more detail.

Safeguard Your Home This Christmas with Fire Safety Tips from Ironmongery Experts
An effective method of safeguarding yourself in the event of a fire is through the use of Dorgard fire door retainers from Ironmongery Experts. Designed to automatically close the door they’re connected to upon the activation of the smoke alarm, these easy to install devices have contributed to the preservation of many lives since their conception. Since they’re battery operated, they won’t fail even if there’s a power outage, and they’re sturdy enough to continue functioning through heat, cold and moisture.

Give your family the greatest gift of all this Christmas – security and peace of mind. 

This article was written by David Newman, managing director of Ad Lab – Magento E-Commerce Growth Specialists. David has a keen interest in lifestyle blogs, and regularly contributes to topics regarding travel and safety.