The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-06-15T22:00:57Z Tree and Stump Removal Arborist Vegetation Pruning South East Melbourne Victoria 2019-06-15T22:00:57Z tree-and-stump-removal-arborist-vegetation-pruning-south-east-melbourne-victoria Pruning tips for tree health and safety Pruning is the most common tree maintenance procedure and is done for a variety of reasons. Removing dead, dying or diseased branches improves the health of the tree and promotes healthy growth. Dead branches also pose a danger to people and property. In urban areas, branches may get too close to electrical lines or block traffic views. In areas prone to cyclones, pruning dead limbs and thinning out branches is a good idea before cyclone season begins. Excess foliage can result in trees being top heavy and being more vulnerable to toppling over in storms, with the additional danger of falling branches that could damage buildings or other property. RELATED ARTICLE: Melbourne Arborist Vegetation Management Expert Specialist James O'Brien Tree Removal OB Trees Stump Removal Pruning Victoria Pruning may also be done to regulate the size and shape of the tree, or to improve the quality of the flowers, fruit or timber. Other specific types of pruning may be undertaken to maintain a mature tree in a safe, healthy and attractive condition. Knowing the basic terms commonly used to describe tree work operations will allow you to ask for what you want and understand what your arborist recommends for your tree requirements. Thinningis a process of selective branch removal to improve the structure of the tree, reduce weight on heavy limbs and to increase light penetration and air flow throughout the tree. This can also increase foliage and decrease the risk of disease. Crown Thinning involves theremoval of a portion of smaller branches, usually from the outer crown, to create a uniform density of foliage and an evenly spaced branch structure. Crown thinning does not alter the overall size or shape of the tree, but does allow more light to pass through the tree and reduces weight and wind resistance. Crown Lift or Crown Raising involves the removal of the lowest branches, to effectively increase light transmission to areas closer to the tree or to provide clearance for buildings, vehicles, people, and vistas. Good practice dictates that crown lifting should not typically include the removal of large branches growing directly from the trunk, as this can lead to long term problems with disease and decay or biomechanical instability in the short term. In mature trees lifting should be restricted to secondary branches or shortening of primary branches rather than removal of the whole branch. Crown Reduction reduces the size of a tree, often for power line clearance. This is achieved via a reduction in height and/or spread of the crown of a tree. A crown reduction may be undertaken to reduce mechanical stress on individual branches or the whole tree, reduce shading or to make the tree more suited to its immediate environment. Pruning in young trees Proper pruning of young trees is essential to developing a strong structure and desirable form. Pruning trees correctly while they are young will ensure that they require less corrective pruning as they mature. For most young trees, it’s essential to maintain a single dominant leader growing upward, and secondary branches should be pruned so as not to outgrow the main leader. Leading Australian arborist James O'Brien has been providing high-quality tree care to Melbourne clients for nearly a decade, including pruning, landscaping and tree removal. “The best time for pruning most trees is in late winter when the tree is dormant. Tree work undertaken in the spring may cause a tree to become more vulnerable to attack by pests and disease, and if done in autumn the tree may not be able to get all the nutrients that it needs and suffer undue stress. Pruning should also be avoided during periods of seasonal weather extremes such as drought or heavy frost, or during a period of physiological stress following previous tree work, or construction-related damage. Pruning should always be preceded by a proper evaluation of the tree’s condition, and significant pruning such as a crown lift, reduction or crown thinning should be carried out by a qualified arborist. Improper pruning can create lasting damage or even shorten the tree's life,” says O'Brien. OB TREES Arborist and Vegetation Management Specialists service southeast Melbourne suburbs. And specialise in professional tree care, providing fast, simple solutions for all your pruning, horticultural and landscaping needs. The team are fully qualified, insured arborists with years of hands-on experience in everything from tree pruning, removal and preservation to hedge trimming, stump removal, risk management, vegetation management and tree obstruction resolution. For further information visit OB TREES Arborist and Vegetation Management Specialistsor call their friendly team on +61 435 912 457 Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. SE Melbourne Tree Trimming Surgeon and Stump Removal Vegetation Pruning Arborist 2019-06-10T22:00:41Z se-melbourne-tree-trimming-surgeon-and-stump-removal-vegetation-pruning-arborist Choosing a qualified arborist is a wise decision People and companies offering tree work abound, but owning a chainsaw and a ladder doth not an arborist make! Leaving your tree work to an inexperienced or unaccredited tree feller could result in serious injury to people, damage to property and harm to your trees that have taken many years to grow. To avoid ill-advised and poorly executed tree work, it’s essential to check that contractors have the necessary skills and competencies carefully. Tree work can be hazardous and requires extensive training and experience to be done safely. RELATED ARTICLE: Melbourne Arborist Vegetation Management Expert Specialist James O'Brien Tree Removal OBTrees Stump Removal Pruning Victoria It’s therefore recommended to confirm the following with any prospective contractor before commencing with tree work: Evidence of insurance; Relevant qualifications (ask to see certificates for chainsaw and other machine use, arboricultural knowledge and training); Confirm quotations will be in writing; Membership of industry associations; and Provision of references with telephone numbers. When satisfied the contractor meets these requirements, obtaining a quotation is the next stage, which should reflect the following information: Clear and full specification of the work to be undertaken. What will happen to the timber, brushwood and tree stumps. Who will be responsible for obtaining permission if the trees are protected. What steps will be taken to protect you and your property, and whether GST is included. Tree work contractors should always be equipped with the following protective clothing and equipment: Industrial chainsaw helmet; Full-face visor including eye protection; Ear defenders for hearing protection; Rope and harness for fall protection; Chainsaw trousers and boots for cut protection; and Modern chainsaw with safety features. Melbourne specialist arborist James O'Brien of OB Trees, comments, “Where tree pruning or felling is concerned, economising on safety will generally cost more in the long run. There are a multitude of risks that need to be taken into account, especially if a large tree needs to be cut down. If the tree is at the roadside, traffic protection must be in place, including road signage and traffic management. Ensuring that pedestrians and vehicles are not at risk of being hit by falling timber and that neither buildings, fencing, other trees or street infrastructure will be damaged is imperative. The last thing needed is for someone to be injured on site. And it’s not only the climber that needs protective gear, but the groundsman should also always have head injury protection too and high visibility clothing if necessary.” OB Trees guarantee the highest safety standard and work under the stringent Occupational Health and Safety Standards. Details of their numerous qualifications which make their work risk-free can be found on their website. OB Trees have been established arborists in Melbourne for almost 10 years and guarantee high quality, professional service. Their areas of expertise include risk management, emergency management and vegetation management for both residential and commercial clients. OB TREES Arborist and Vegetation Management Specialists service southeast Melbourne suburbs. And specialise in professional tree care, providing fast, simple solutions for all your pruning, horticultural and landscaping needs. The team are fully qualified, insured arborists with years of hands-on experience in everything from tree pruning, removal and preservation to hedge trimming, stump removal, risk management, vegetation management and tree obstruction resolution. For further information visit OB TREES Arborist and Vegetation Management Specialists or call their friendly team on +61 435 912 457 Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Southeast Melbourne Tree Trimming Services Stump Removal Vegetation Management 2019-06-05T22:00:17Z southeast-melbourne-tree-trimming-services-stump-removal-vegetation-management The many benefits of planting trees A garden enriched with trees is always a welcome site. Trees appeal to our sense of beauty, provide pleasant shade and are often a haven for birds and other species. They have a calming effect and allow us to connect with nature. But there are even more good reasons to plant trees in your garden. By now, most people are aware that climate change is underway globally, and this is due in large part, excessive carbon dioxide emissions by human activity. Higher temperatures have significantly increased incidents of extreme weather, causing drought, wildfires, hurricanes and flooding. RELATED ARTICLE: Melbourne Arborist Vegetation Management Expert Specialist James O'Brien Tree Removal OBTrees Stump Removal Pruning Victoria Trees mitigate the effects of climate change by absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere. One tree can absorb up to 150kg of CO2 per year. Studies by climate change ecologists have concluded that the most sustainable and effective action to fight climate change is to plant trees, and this is a solution that everyone can get involved in. The organisation Plant for the Planet says the best places to restore trees are on degraded land such as abandoned farms or where deforestation has occurred, rather than agricultural or urban areas. But what better place to start than around your own home? Trees purify the air by absorbing pollutants and filtering fine particulates. Planting trees around your home will also provide natural air conditioning. Urban trees can cool the air by between 2 and 8 degrees, reduce air conditioning needs by 30% and save energy used for heating by 20 - 50%. Trees also act as rainwater interceptors, filtering the water and allowing it to seep into the ground. In areas denuded of trees, stormwater flows unfiltered into rivers and oceans and can be full of phosphorus pollutants and nitrogen. Trees help to reinforce the soil by reducing erosion, and positively affecting nutrient levels. Fallen leaves help to keep the soil cool and prevent moisture loss. They also play an essential part in defence against flooding - trees can reduce the risk of flooding by up to 20%. Planting trees in your garden requires some forethought and planning, with consideration to the surrounding landscape, the soil type and the amount of space available. Selecting an appropriate species for the location will give the tree the highest chance of establishing successfully and growing well. If you're looking to get planting, a qualified arborist can advise on which indigenous trees would be most suitable for your garden, school, park or farm. Arborist James O'Brien of OB Trees has been providing specialist tree services and arboricultural consulting in Melbourne for nearly 10 years. “It’s essential for young trees to be given every opportunity to survive planting. Poor planting can result in long-term problems and even the death of the tree. In the first few years following planting, maintenance is crucial to ensure the tree is established correctly. Trees can become ill due to pests and diseases or following climatic or environmental changes. If your tree looks unwell, different to normal or as if it might require tree work, we can assist. For older, established trees often some proper pruning might be in order,” says O'Brien. OB TREES Arborist and Vegetation Management Specialists service southeast Melbourne suburbs. And specialise in professional tree care, providing fast, simple solutions for all your pruning, horticultural and landscaping needs. The team are fully qualified, insured arborists with years of hands-on experience in everything from tree pruning, removal and preservation to hedge trimming, stump removal, risk management, vegetation management and tree obstruction resolution. For further information visit OB TREES Arborist and Vegetation Management Specialists or call their friendly team on +61 435 912 457 Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Melbourne Arborist Vegetation Management Expert Specialist James O'Brien Tree Removal OBTrees Stump Removal Pruning Victoria 2019-05-17T22:00:53Z melbourne-arborist-vegetation-management-expert-specialist-james-obrien-tree-removal-obtrees-stump-removal-pruning-victoria All about backyard fruit trees One of life’s greatest simple pleasures must surely be picking and eating fruit straight off the tree, and better yet, your own trees. While once most people had at least a couple of backyard fruit trees, these days fewer people are growing them. Often this is due to a lack of space, or an aversion to the mess of fallen fruit. But there are ways around these issues, and plenty of good reasons to plant fruit trees. Community fruit and nut trees used to be highly valued as providing a core part of people’s diets, and a valuable supplement in times of seasonal scarcity. Planting fruit trees is a good move towards community food security, for both current and future generations. And it's not only people that benefit - bees, butterflies and other pollinators will value the pollen and nectar of the flowers. Bees especially like apple and peach trees, as well as blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. Consider at least two trees of the same variety, as well as some herbs and wildflowers to create a haven for some very happy bees. Fruit trees also attract other insects and caterpillars that are an essential food source for birds. Picking the fruits of your labours might also not take as long as you think - using grafted fruit trees, you could be seeing your first harvest within two to three years for most varieties. And a great idea for small spaces is multi-grafted trees or multi-planting (where up to four different fruit trees are planted in the same hole) - this way you’ll be getting a range of fruit and cross-pollinating varieties, a veritable fruit salad tree! Another excellent option for growing fruit trees in a small space is to use the espalier form, which is the ancient horticultural practice of controlling plant growth by pruning and tying the branches in such a way that they grow into a flat plane, usually against a structure like a wall, fence, or trellis. Deciduous fruit trees are also often available as dwarf trees, reaching only 3m in height, and can be grown in a large pot if they are pruned well. Fallen fruit should be picked up as soon as possible and either used up or composted. If you have the space for a few chickens, let them run under the trees, and they’ll soon take care of any windfall. Avoid waste by diligently picking off ripe and near-ripe fruit. Australian expert arborist, James O’Brien of OB Trees, is passionate about growing trees of all kinds and has extensive experience in fruit tree management and pruning as well as tree removal, vegetation management and landscaping. “With the largely temperate climate we enjoy in Melbourne, plenty of fruit tree varieties can flourish here. Planting fruit trees requires a bit of planning, and you need to know how big the tree will get to ensure you have enough space, as well as which direction it faces to ensure the area gets enough sun. Most fruit trees prefer a full days sun if they can get it, as well as a wind-protected spot. Deciduous fruit trees such as apples, plums, nectarines, peaches and pears require pruning and shaping to maximise fruit production, to ensure a good size crop and to keep the trees healthy. They may also need a cross-pollinating tree to be planted nearby,” says O'Brien. Whether you have existing fruit trees that need pruning or are just starting out with planting fruit trees in your garden, OB Trees can assist with their professional expertise and friendly service. OB TREES Arborist and Vegetation Management Specialists service southeast Melbourne suburbs. And specialise in professional tree care, providing fast, simple solutions for all your pruning, horticultural and landscaping needs. The team are fully qualified, insured arborists with years of hands-on experience in everything from tree pruning, removal and preservation to hedge trimming, risk management and tree obstruction resolution. For further information visit OB TREES Arborist and Vegetation Management Specialistsor call their friendly team on +61 435 912 457 Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Synology Host Solutions Exhibition alongside Computex, 2019 2019-05-08T22:30:00Z synology-host-solutions-exhibition-alongside-computex-2019 Data lies at the core of every industry transformation. Synology provides a wide array of solutions to ensure business continuity. Join us to explore the data life cycle and discover infinite possibilities of file access, storage, and backup. Synology will be hosting its own Solution Exhibition alongside Computex 2019 and you're invited! Join Synology at their new HQ in Taiwan! Date: 29th May 2019 - 31st May 2019 Time: 10am - 6pm Venue: Synology HQ - TPKA in Taipei Far Eastern Telecom Park (1F, No.1, Yuandong Rd., Banqiao Dist., New Taipei City 220) 8-minute walk from the Far Eastern Hospital MRT station (Exit 3) For more information: https://event.synology.com/en-global/solutionexhibition_2019 If of interest and for RSVP, please contact: Shazana Roseli at shazana.roseli@taurusmarketing.com.au, John Wanna at john.wanna@taurusmarketing.com.au or Stacey Toskas at stacey.toskas@taurusmarketing.com.au +61 029415 4528 ‘School pressure, family life, digital identity, increased expectations’: the reason Girl Guides exists today 2019-04-30T22:43:54Z school-pressure-family-life-digital-identity-increased-expectations-the-reason-girl-guides-exists-today Girl Guides NSW & ACT will focus on the role Guiding plays in supporting young girls navigate school pressures, family life, digital identity and raised expectations with the launch of a new campaign called A Place To Grow to coincide with May - Girl Guides Month. This vital piece of communication to young girls, their families and thousands of active and potential volunteers, will highlight the diverse experiences on offer and its relevance for the young girls of today. Sarah Neill, State Commissioner said that Girl Guides provides a place for young people to feel secure. “We come together over a variety of activities, build confidence and resilience which makes our young people better able to cope with their lives. “We encourage our girls to build life skills, and have the freedom to be adventurous, learn strong communication skills, laugh, and make life-long friendships,” said Commissioner Neill. Ella Ezergailis, aged 12, was inspired to join Girl Guides after hearing her mother’s stories of Guiding and wanted her share of adventure and fun. In 2018, Ella became the youngest Girl Guide to take part in ‘Girl Takeover Parliament’ event, in which she watched Question Time in the Chamber of the House of Representatives. Disgusted by the behaviour, Ella wrote a letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison telling him so. “I decided to write to the Prime Minister and ask him to change the culture in Parliament House. I told him he should visit my school to learn how to behave respectfully. “My letter was shared around the world on social media and was reported by news outlets. “Girl Guides has given me the confidence to do such a thing, however the result made me feel that a 12-year-old girl’s voice was important, and girls do have the power to change the world,” said Ella. Now in its 99th year, Girl Guides in NSW & ACT has 7,400 members across 540 Units. Comissioner Neill said recent research revealed that 90% of girls joined the organisation before the age of 11 and stayed because it provided the perfect antidote to the complex and pressured lives of young people. “Our research showed that young girls join for the things they need most at this stage of their lives: fun, meeting friends outside of school and developing new skills. “Parents said they wanted their daughters to join to help them build their confidence, meet new friends and have a community orientation to their life. “Our programs offer a connection to experiences and community that schools and busy families can’t. “We have large scale events and the traditional jamboree, but mostly girls choose their own activities to complete, from creative pursuits to sailing, coding to cooking, orientation to fundraising,” said Commissioner Neill. A Place To Grow will use the 540 Units of Girl Guides NSW & ACT, to promote the stories of resilience, confidence building and friendship it encourages, through social media, local press, local events such as school fetes and Girl Guides own Come and Try nights. Helen White, CEO said, the grass-roots approach is what Girl Guides excel at. “Over 1,000,000 Australians are or have been a Girl Guide. We work at the local level, in communities and across regions supporting and empowering the women of tomorrow. “There is a resurgence of interest in Girl Guides, as young people and their families look at ways to combat the pressures of busy and digital lives. We’re all about supporting someone to find their own path, to build resilience, and life skills to take them wherever they wish,” said Ms White. However, is Girl Guides still relevant for the girls of today? Ella says that it is. “Girl Guides is even more relevant to young people growing up with a digital life. “Girl Guides teaches you how to interact socially, be a responsible citizen, how to deal with emergency situations and gives you the courage to accept challenges. “I even went on camp for a week without my phone, and I survived.” More information: www.aplacetogrow.org.au New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. Reymond Opens Sydney Office 2019-03-25T05:51:46Z reymond-opens-sydney-office Lifestyle PR agency Reymond Communications has expanded into Sydney with a Darlinghurst office. The Melbourne based firm manages local, national and international clients and is pleased to be able to support them further with the addition of the new location, while attracting new business. Managing Director Joanna Reymond-Burns says the expansion is a natural progression following six wonderful years in operation with strong growth. “As a business it is important to continue to evolve and strive, so as well as the Sydney move, we have refreshed our branding and launched a new website. “The team and I are excited by this new challenge and hope to see it benefit our existing business, while creating new opportunities.” Reymond-Burns will share her time between the Melbourne and Sydney offices, while Account Manager Isabella Donato has moved to Sydney to manage the new location on a day-to-day basis. Exciting growth within the agency has encouraged internal promotions as well as the appointment of Angeline Lewis as a Senior Account Manager. - Ends - Notes to editors About Reymond Communications Reymond Communications is a lifestyle PR agency passionate about sharing the dynamic stories aligned with the design, hospitality and travel industries. Melbourne: 131A Chapel Street, Windsor VIC 3181 Sydney: L2/223-225 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst www.reymond.com.au | @reymondcomms For media enquiry please contact: Joanna Reymond-Burns | Director | Reymond Communications E: joanna@reymond.com | T: +61 (0)3 9510 4124 | M: +61 (0)431 540 640 Coordinate Your Project Team Before You Begin Renovations Warns Gold Coast Electrical Contractor EJ Electrical Works In Burleigh Heads 2019-03-01T23:00:10Z coordinate-your-project-team-before-you-begin-renovations-warns-gold-coast-electrical-contractor-ej-electrical-works-in-burleigh-heads The proliferation of fast home renovation shows on TV have led some homeowners to think that renos are easily cobbled together. But, warns EJ Barnes, aGold Coast electrical contractor, good planning and coordination is as important in home renovation projects as it is in any construction project. Project management is a complex business, and communication is key to a well-coordinated project. It’s when homeowners start calling in contractors piecemeal that the trouble begins, says Barnes. For the best results, he suggests calling in contractors simultaneously before the works begin so that they can discuss the places where their tasks interface. “For example,” he says, “our work comes after the builders’ and the success of some of it depends on what the builders do. I find it best to approach the project as a team rather than as two individual contractors with separate agendas.” Electricity is Not an Add-On Electricity is something people are inclined to take for granted, says EJ Barnes. But remembering that even small changes in home layout will affect the places where we want access to power, lighting, and so on helps homeowners to stay on budget. “DIY renos often reach a point where someone remembers they’re going to want a power point to move, and then it’s time for us to save the day again!” While experienced electricians like EJ are expert at rescuing the uninitiated from the consequences of a poorly-planned renovation, EJ likes his customers to enjoy plain sailing. “If you’re planning to change the layout of kitchen counters – even switch your lounge or bedroom furniture around, you might need electrical work done. The good news is it might cost less than you expected. The bad news is that things are going to be pretty inconvenient for you for a while if electrical work came as afterthought to a home improvement project.” Big or Small, There’s Always a Project Team Whether you’ve chosen to use professional construction and electrical contractors for renovations or need help with a few tweaks you’re taking on as a DIY project, EJ Barnes says there’s always a project team. “With a reno, there’s less pressure than there is with a big construction project, but the same principles apply. All the people who are involved must coordinate and cooperate to get the project completed to specification. That means starting a dialogue before we begin works.” Working With Construction Companies and Homeowners: It’s What They Do For EJ Barnes and his team, working with construction companies is part of the regular routine. EJ Electrical works understands the need to keep renovation projects on track, on schedule, and to specification, and that makes the company a favourite with Gold Coast construction companies. But homeowners are still very much a part of EJ’s customer base – and the reasons why they like dealing with EJ Electrical Works are similar to those of the construction companies. “We don’t believe in dual standards,” says EJ. “That’s what professionalism’s about.” The message is clear. If you’re considering a home renovation project, and you need a Gold Coast electrician on your project team, EJ Electrical Works is ready to see it through with you from planning to completion. Reach businesses like EJ Electrical Works and Coastline Local Electricians via their websites giving them a call on 1300-DIAL-EJ,that’s 1300 342 535. Written & Syndicated by Baxton Media. Best Tweed Heads and Northern Rivers Electrician, Elijah Barnes of EJ Electrical Works, Gives Storm Power Failure Outage Advice To Local Businesses on the Gold Coast 2019-02-19T06:47:36Z best-tweed-heads-and-northern-rivers-electrician-elijah-barnes-of-ej-electrical-works-gives-storm-power-failure-outage-advice-to-local-businesses-on-the-gold-coast The October storms that lashed the Gold Coast caused their share of damage and, at best, inconvenience. Thousands of homes were without power, and with extreme weather seeing to have become more frequent in recent years, CEO of EJ Electrical Works, EJ Barnes feels it’s time discuss thunderstorm-readiness strategies and power failure advice.Surge Protection Helps, But…Electrical storms can wreak havoc on the electrical supply. If you have expensive electronics, you do need good surge protection, but be aware of its limitations. It can cushion you against some current fluctuations, but it’s not a silver bullet.If a lightning strike is near enough, no surge protection is going to stop your electronics from getting totalled. The best protection when lightening is overhead or very near is to switch off and unplug appliances and electronics. Unplug your landline. If you really need to make a call, your mobile is a safer bet.If the power goes down, it’s wisest to unplug electronics even when there isn’t lightening nearby. Most of the time there won’t be a big enough power surge to cause damage when the power comes on, but there is a small risk. Be sure all appliances are off. For example, if a clothes iron or a stove is inadvertently left switched on, it could cause a fire when the power comes back on.Power Failure Advice Basics: LED Lights and Gas CookerCandles are nice for romantic dinners, but they are a fire hazard when used as utility lighting. EJ says there are some really cheap and effective LED lamps on the market these days and they make a better, and safer, backup for power failures. Remember to have spare batteries handy.Chances are, you have a gas cooker of some sort with your camping and outdoor gear. Keep it handy for hot drinks and food when the electricity fails. It’s a small thing, but being able to have a hot cup of coffee makes a difference. Check the gas and consider getting a backup bottle just in case.If You Suspect Water or Storm Damage Be Extra CarefulIf you’re worried that a storm has damaged electrical infrastructure or appliances, don’t try turning anything on until you’ve called an emergency electrician out to have a look. “Water and electricity are a dangerous combination. It’s better to be safe than sorry,” says Barnes. Have a professional check it out before you touch anything.Backup Electricity Source: Right for You?Barnes says that most Gold Coast households probably don’t need to bother with backup electricity. However, if there’s a reason why your home or business being off the grid would be very awkward for you, it’s perfectly feasible to look at some form of backup energy source. “It’s up to individuals and businesses to weigh the costs against the benefits,” says Barnes.If Gold Coast residents have any concerns about electrical system storm safety, you can reach businesses like EJ Electrical Works and Coastline Local Electricians via their websites giving them a call on 1300-DIAL-EJ, that’s 1300 342 535.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Best Northern Rivers Electrician Contractor, EJ Electrical Works, Provides Cheap LED Lighting Services and Explains Over-Illumination in Tweed Heads, Gold Coast 2019-02-18T06:46:08Z best-northern-rivers-electrician-contractor-ej-electrical-works-provides-cheap-led-lighting-services-and-explains-over-illumination-in-tweed-heads-gold-coast With LED lighting cutting energy costs there’s a renewed movement towards illuminating just about everything from trees to buildings – and in spaces where light is needed, we may be going altogether too bright. EJ Barnes, a Gold Coast Electrician and owner of EJ Electrical Works, points out that when it comes to lighting, too much of a good thing can be bad for us.The Many Facets of Over-IlluminationOver-illumination is a term that describes a variety of situations in which there is more light than we really need. It can refer to very high artificial light intensities, or it can refer to unnecessary lighting such as leaving an unoccupied office illuminated all night.But these days we’re recognising the need to vary light intensity depending on what we’re doing instead of opting for the brightest possible light all the time, the need to experience softer light later in the day, and our inbuilt preference for natural light.Barnes says this extends the definition of over-illumination to include too few controls to vary light intensity, not making the most of natural light during the day, and possibly, using the wrong light spectrums in artificially lit spaces.Why We Should Think About Over-IlluminationBarnes says we’ve only lately become aware of the ways in which lighting influences us on a biological level. “It’s not just eye-strain,” he explains, “it’s headaches, migraines, stress, and fatigue.”There’s also the question of utility. Barnes agrees that illuminating landmark architectural features, for example, helps to give a city its character, but he feels that we need to be cautious about what we illuminate.“Personally, I feel that illuminating the outside of a building is fine if it’s a building that’s important to a lot of people or if it’s minimalistic lighting that just helps people to find their way home in the dark. But we need to think about utility. There’s a cost and an environmental impact to lighting despite recent energy-saving options.”As for lighting areas that are both unoccupied and unseen from the outside, Barnes recommends a rethink. Security cameras can see in the dark these days, so why bother? Just turning off unnecessary lights can save businesses a lot of money in the long run.Bright Light in Retail SpacesThese days, we seem to love extremely bright light. But Barnes isn’t sure it’s good for us in the long run. Retail spaces are increasingly going for light far above the average foot-candle (fc) level of 30-40 recommended for office work. “It probably isn't comfortable for their clients, but it certainly isn’t good for their staff,” remarks Barnes.He understands why retailers love all that bright light. They literally shine out. But he recommends focussing the brightest light on featured display areas rather than regular shopping spaces and work areas. His logic is that you’ll get more visual impact from your planned displays and marketing materials that way.Gold Coast Electrician Advocates People-Centric IlluminationWhen choices need to be made, Barnes recommends that we look to people first. What people do in different settings serves as the logical guide to how they should be lit. “You shouldn’t illuminate a feature planting in a parking lot if you haven’t illuminated the walkway first – and it’s worth considering whether lighting up the feature planting has any value to speak of even if the walkways are already well-lit.As for extremely bright retail space illumination, that might be counter-productive. Research shows that shoppers are most comfortable in moderate light with a warm temperature. The very bright, white lighting designs we’re seeing in some outlets could even be putting clients off.Perfect Practicality Matches with Perfect AestheticsOver-illumination is wasteful and, very often, counterproductive, Barnes concludes. “We need to make lighting decisions around the people who use spaces. That might sometimes include lighting that’s there for purely aesthetic reasons, but its impact will have been carefully considered as part of an engineered experience.”“It makes sense that lighting that’s been designed with restraint and an eye for practicality also reflects good taste. It’s also important that we should begin to see light as a customisable feature. For now, we can look at individualising workspaces so that people can adjust lighting according to tasks and preferences. In the future, we may be able to adjust lighting automatically, for example, in response to what shoppers are doing in a store.”The key, says Barnes is practicality. Form follows function and the result is good aesthetics. It doesn’t have to be complicated, but it can be effective. If you’d like to find out how EJ Electrical Works can help you with office or retail space lighting design, visit EJ Electrical Works website or call 1300-DIAL-EJ, that’s 1300 342 535.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Best Electrician Near Me, EJ Electrical Works, Explains Affordable Decor Featured Ceiling Fans and Air Conditioning in Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast 2019-02-15T06:44:51Z best-electrician-near-me-ej-electrical-works-explains-affordable-decor-featured-ceiling-fans-and-air-conditioning-in-mermaid-beach-gold-coast With summer hotting up, Australians will be working on keeping cool, and some of the “low tech” solutions are still good ones says Gold Coast electrician EJ Barnes. What’s more, you might be interested in seeing how they’ve evolved – you might be in for a few surprises.Barnes knows more about ceiling fans than most people do: as a Gold Coast electrician, spring and summer callouts are often for the installation or maintenance of these standbys, and while you can go with basic and functional, you have far more options than you may have realised.From Smart Fans to Dreamy Décor FeaturesThe connected home trend hasn’t overlooked the possibilities it can explore with “smart” fans and several companies have come out with their versions of a high-tech ceiling fan. However, Barnes isn’t altogether convinced they’re worth getting.He’s done a lot of work on connected homes too and doesn’t see the point in remotely controlling an appliance that only works to cool skin because it moves air around. “A ceiling fan doesn’t change the air temperature. It just makes you feel cooler. When you leave the room, you may as well switch it off to save energy.”“The only real use I can think of for smart fans is to set them up so that they’ll be off during the hours you aren’t using rooms or when you’re at work, and a simple timer switch could do the same thing for a lower price.”However, it’s the arty innovations on the theme that make Barnes enthusiastic. Sometimes, it’s special touches to the classic ceiling fan design – like using genuine wood blades – sometimes it’s a move towards a steampunk look, or it could be unexpected blade shapes. There are some really creative fan designs, but Barnes warns that functionality comes first.“I like the idea of ceiling fans being an important décor feature, but the size of the fan, the strength of its motor, it’s ability to run silently, and its energy efficiency are all more important than looks.”Ceiling Fan, Air Conditioning, or Both?The way we use ceiling fans also needs a little rethinking, say Barnes. As an alternative to air conditioning, they will certainly save energy. They could still save you energy if you use them as a way to delay the decision to use air conditioning, but they probably won’t work to reduce energy consumption if you use both at the same time.The theory is that people with ceiling fans will choose higher temperature thermostat settings when they turn on the AC, but a Florida researcher disproved that back in 1996 after checking thermostat settings against ceiling fan use and finding no significant differences.“Fans are very effective for cooling if you position them well and if you choose the right fan for the space,” says Barnes. “There’s a specific formula for choosing the right size fan, and you also need to think about its power. After that, you can look at extras like those super-cool fan designs.”EJ Electrical Works are Gold Coast electricians, tackling everything from big construction projects to minor home repairs for local householders. They can be reached via their website or by calling 07 - 3833 4405.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Top Casuarina Homes Designer and Best Coolangatta Electrical Contractor Provides Affordable Services on the Gold Coast 2019-02-14T06:43:01Z top-casuarina-homes-designer-and-best-coolangatta-electrical-contractor-provides-affordable-services-on-the-gold-coast Casuarina may still be a relatively quiet spot, but the beachfront setting is attracting developers and private individuals with an eye for luxury modern design says Gold Coast Electrician, EJ Barnes. In fact, the electrical contractor, who has been responsible for the execution of dramatic lighting designs at many of these designer properties, is in awe at some of the projects in which his business has participated.“They’re private homes,” says EJ, “but everything about them is cutting-edge. We’re talking palatial residences that feature everything of the very best.” According to EJ, many of the builds are investments: “You’ll complete the project, and before long, you’ll see the place on the market as the premium coastal property in the area.”One project, in particular, really stands out for Barnes. It features a space-age style overhang and seems to more closely resemble a spaceship than a building. The double-storey home features floor to ceiling glass and a swimming pool that spans the length of the property.“I’ve never seen anything like it,” says Barnes, “and I wasn’t surprised to hear that it attracted interest from all over the world when it hit the market.”Barnes is especially proud that many of the images you’ll see of this much-publicised property are evening shots. Still, he thinks he could have predicted the photography preference. After all, the lighting is a striking feature, and his company was responsible for its installation. “It looks great by day,” he says, “but I’m especially pleased with the night-time look. It’s stunning.”It wasn’t only the lighting that occupied Barnes and his team. The all-mod-cons home features zoned air conditioning, CCTV, and Google Home Automation. Now, the burning question is where the buyer will come from. the house is currently advertised for sale at close on $4million with an alternative price listed in bitcoins - a futuristic touch that some may still call a leap of faith given the currency’s volatility.“I don’t think it’ll be a guesthouse,” says Barnes. “There isn’t really enough parking for that. As to who’ll buy it - all I can say is that they’ll need to be very wealthy indeed.” After finding the property online, we’re inclined to agree. After all, few properties can boast as much publicity, professional photography, or videography - or an estate agent ruining his dry-clean-only suit in the lap pool for the sake of a sales video.Meanwhile, Barnes is quietly proud of EJ Electrical Work’s role in the construction of one of the most-talked-about properties in Australia. “We’re trusted with premium projects because we’re brilliant at what we do,” says Barnes. “It’s as simple as that.”Despite a string of prestigious projects, Barnes keeps his feet on the ground. His company is there to help every client that contacts it. It could be something as simple as breaker that keeps tripping - or it could be the electrical works for a shopping centre, an architect-designed house, or your (much more down-to-earth) home renovations.“We love looking back on amazing projects like this one,” says Barnes, “but at the end of the day, it’s satisfied customers and a job well done that matter most.”If you’d like to put the company responsible for electrical works at a multi-million-dollar designer home to the test with your broken light-switch - or a massive improvement project, you’re welcome to get in touch, says EJ. Contact EJ Electrical Works via its website, or give them a call on 1300-DIAL-EJ, that’s 1300 342 535.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Best Tweed Heads and Northern Rivers Safety Electrician, EJ Electrical Works, Gold Coast Contractor Warns Against Cheap Components Nearby 2019-02-13T06:41:51Z best-tweed-heads-and-northern-rivers-safety-electrician-ej-electrical-works-gold-coast-contractor-warns-against-cheap-components-nearby Australia prides itself in some of the best product-safety legislation in the world, but consumers still need to be alert, particularly when it comes to building materials and electrical components warns EJ Barnes, CEO of a Gold Coast electrical contracting firm.It has been in the news since 2013, and although there has no doubt been progress, Barnes warns that non-compliant building materials and components still find their way onto building sites. As he points out, our legislation may be excellent, but enforcement may not be as easy as it sounds.“A lot of building materials and components are imported,” he says, “and I’m not convinced that they’re all checked for compliance with our safety standards.”It’s a valid concern and one that comes back to haunt us for years after the materials have been used. The Infinity cables scandal in which retailers sold non-compliant electrical cable may be a few years old, but with an estimated 40,000 Australian homes having used it, it would be impossible to know just how many have replaced it for a safer option.The fire at the Docklands Lacrosse Tower in 2015 which consumed 13 stories of apartments in just 15 minutes triggered a spike in awareness, but more than 3 years later, Barnes isn’t convinced that the problem has been eliminated despite the tragedy. “Non-compliant building materials and electrical components are still common in my opinion,” he says.In many instances, non-compliant components are cheaper than ones that pass muster. It’s unfair, says Barnes, since Australian companies go to a lot of expense making sure their products are in line with safety standards. “Then along comes an importer with a non-compliant, cheap product, and whether because of buyer ignorance or greed, the local manufacturer has to compete with lower pricing.”In the end, says Barnes, it’s consumers who are at risk, and the motivation for placing them in this position isn’t acceptable. “You can save a few dollars by using non-compliant materials - and you could end up being responsible for deaths. It’s just not worth it.”There are a few measures that electrical and construction clients can take to ensure that they’re getting safe installations, says Barnes. To begin with, it pays to be suspicious of surprisingly low quotes for work.“If you’re seeing quotes way below what other professionals are charging, you may not have found a bargain,” he warns. “Check itemised quotes carefully. Determine where the contractor aims to save costs and consider how it might affect you. If component costs are remarkably low, you could be looking at non-compliant materials, and that’s downright dangerous.”Consumers also need to check whether they’ll get certified work. Getting a certificate of compliance is a must, and if a business won’t issue one, it is operating outside the law. A compliance certificate isn’t bullet-proof, but Barnes says most construction contractors will do due diligence when issuing one.Building inspectors have been criticised for declaring projects as being compliant after minimal physical inspection of works, but for Barnes, vouching for compliance means supervising in person and checking all completed work himself. “That certificate means I’m personally responsible for the safety of the installation,” he says. “It’s not something I take lightly.”The issue of building safety and non-compliance in the construction industry isn’t going away anytime soon, but with ethical businesses like EJ Electrical Works and Coastline Local Electricians striving for the highest safety standards, consumers can proceed with confidence. If you’d like to know more about this local Gold Coast business, you can reach Barnes via his website or by calling or give them a call on 1300-DIAL-EJ, that’s 1300 342 535.Syndicated by Baxton Media. EJ Electrical Works Near Local Burleigh Beachfront Pavilion Provides 24/7 Emergency Electrician Services Around the Gold Coast, Tweed Heads and Northern Rivers 2019-02-12T06:40:09Z ej-electrical-works-near-local-burleigh-beachfront-pavilion-provides-24-7-emergency-electrician-services-around-the-gold-coast-tweed-heads-and-northern-rivers It may only be November, but local electrician, EJ Barnes, can’t wait for December to arrive. That’s when the revamped Burleigh Pavilion will fully open its doors to the public. But it’s not just a matter of Barnes looking forward to a cold beer and the view from the expanded second floor dining area - for him, it will be a personal triumph.The Pavilion’s renovation has been a hugely ambitious project with a price tag that’s widely reported to be in the region of $9 million. Barnes’s business, EJ Electrical Works, won a tender for necessary electrical upgrades, and he’s had an insider view of the process from the time the project started.“I would have been saddened if the iconic facade had changed too much,” he says, “but the developers have done a wonderful job of preserving the original appearance of the building despite all the changes. Although not all renovations are real improvements, this one certainly is.”EJ’s business isn’t a large one, but he says that landing this project and successfully completing it, will be the ultimate proof of his business’s capacity. “We’ve always worked to be highly professional,” he says, “but we’re not what you’d call a big business. Now, all the world can see that when we say what we’re capable of, we aren’t exaggerating.”Of course, it’s not the first time that EJ Electrical has taken on ambitious projects, but few could be as high-profile as this one. “We’ve done work at malls, shopping centres, clinics, office buildings, and more,” says EJ “but this project takes the cake. It’s the kind of thing you want to tell everyone about, and when you do, they think you might be telling a tall tale!”One of the things that EJ likes most about the Burleigh Pavilion renovation is the plans its owners have for the upper-floor restaurant. It will be an impressive space that can accommodate up to 600 patrons, and a top chef will be in charge of the cuisine.But May Hotels, the developers behind the project, say they’re looking at a reasonably priced, casual venue where beach goers can relax in casual wear and enjoy the view over the ocean. “It’s a landmark, and it’s going to be even better than it was before,” says Barnes. “I’m looking forward to being able to tell my mates I was a part of making it possible.”So, if you’re passing by the Burleigh Pavilion at sundowner-time this December, you might want to look out for the EJ Electrical Works vans parked outside, because if they are, EJ and his team might just be there for a cold one at the end of the working day.If, on the other hand, you’d prefer a more traditional approach to meeting up with your electricians, just visit the EJ Electrical Works or Coastline Local Electricians websites, or call EJ’s team on 1300-DIAL-EJ, that’s 1300 342 535. “We do big construction projects,” says EJ, “but we’re just as happy to help people with their home electrical work. The service remains the same.”Syndicated by Baxton Media.