Japanese Disaster Sparks UK Nuclear Fears

The controversial debate concerning the UK’s dependence on nuclear power has been reignited. In the aftermath of Fukushima, many UK citizens have grown doubtful of the safety of nuclear power.

Certain branches of the public have called for a re-evaluation of the UK’s safety measures in the event of a nuclear disaster. Some people are even beginning to take matters into their own hands by investing in nuclear bunkers. Online companies, like Tool-net, have noted an increase in the number of portable generators sold as people prepare for potential power cuts.

Some experts claim that the concerns are unwarranted, because the United Kingdom is not susceptible to severe earthquakes. The worst earthquake ever recorded in UK history only measured 5.75 on the Richter scale. This is comparatively mild when placed next to the 9.0 rating afforded to Japan’s disaster in March.

Approximately 15% of the United Kingdom’s electricity is supplied by 19 nuclear reactors in various locations. Nuclear meltdown at any of these reactors would leave thousands of UK citizens without electricity. This fear, when coupled with risk of radiation poisoning, has left many wondering whether the UK’s reliance on nuclear power is a good idea.

UK nuclear history has been marred by three accidents. In 2005, 20 tonnes of Uranium leaked from a cracked pipe at the Thorp nuclear processing plant. Although no radiation reached the environment, the British Nuclear Group was fined £500 000 for a breach of safety regulations.

This recent case illustrated that design errors pose as great a risk as natural disasters. Even if the UK is safe from devastating earthquakes, there is no guarantee that plants have been designed perfectly.

Many members of the public refuse to remain complacent and have chosen to protect themselves from the danger of nuclear fallout. Small portable generators, like the Clarke IG1000, can already be found in nuclear bunkers throughout Europe. The Cold War may have ended, but the fear of radiation remains as real as ever.

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Tool-NET Issues Essential Safety Tips For All Power Tool Users

Tool-NET, a leading online power tool superstore, has issued some simple safety tips that are applicable for all electrical power tool users, regardless of the country in which they are using their tools. Tool-NET’s superstore (www.tool-net.co.uk) stocks more than 6,500 power tools, gardening accessories, fixings, fastenings, ancillaries and consumables. It has customers in more than 50 countries across five continents. The essential safety tips, however, are universal for all countries and all tools.

A spokesperson commented: “When using any electric tool, there are some simple safety steps you can take that can greatly reduce any possible risks. Whether you are using a jump start kit, a drill or a Clarke FG2000 generator, by taking a few simple precautions and making some quick checks, you can stop potential accidents and get your project completed safely.”

Firstly, Tool-NET advised exercising particular caution if working near liquids or in damp conditions. This includes thinking carefully about where you store your tools. They should not be stored anywhere that is damp. Electricity and moisture can be a dangerous mix, so jobs such as washing down walls should be prepared for carefully. Electrical tools should be removed from the room and electrical sockets covered. If water is spilt over an electrical appliance, it should not be used until it has completely dried out.

Secondly, Tool-NET advised that devices such as power breakers can help prevent a tool malfunction leading to a dangerous accident. By stopping the power supply automatically, these devices make power tool use safer in all conditions, but are strongly advised if working outdoors or in damp conditions indoors.

The third essential electrical safety tip that Tool-NET offered concerns care of your tool’s electrical cord. This should be regularly checked for damage, and the tool should not be used if any is apparent. Knots in cords should be untangled immediately, because they can lead to an excessive build-up of heat and present a potential fire risk. To avoid damaging the cord, you should never carry a power tool by the cord or yank it to remove its plug from a socket. The cord’s position should be noted, as it can be a trip hazard, but also because it must not lie near sources of heat, oil or any sharp edges that could cut it (including the cutting surface of your power saw or your drill, for example).

Finally, Tool-NET advised that a power tool should always be unplugged when not in use. This will avoid any possibility of the tool being started accidentally. When servicing or changing the accessories for your power tool, always make sure first that the tool is not plugged in.

Tool-NET suggested that these simple safety tips are applicable across all electrical tools, wherever they are used and whoever is using them. Tool-NET’s spokesperson concluded: “DIY enthusiasts and professionals all use electric tools to get jobs done. Our safety tips will help them get them done safely.”

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