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Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Tips For Installing A Digital TV Antenna

Once you have chosen and purchased a digital TV antenna, it is time to get to work installing it. It is always better to install an antenna outside rather than inside, because you will get a better signal. When it comes to outdoor antenna installation, the first thing you want to think about is safety. Always avoid working near power lines, and always work in fair weather conditions. You don’t want to be working at heights in wet weather, because it is too easy to slip and fall. Make sure that you are wearing proper safety gear, including a harness. After taking all of the necessary safety precautions, you can begin the installation process. Here are some tips that will help:

Place It As High As You Can

The higher you place your antenna, the better the signal you are going to get. When it is placed on the side of your house near the top, or on the roof, there are going to be fewer obstructions that will block the signal. Another reason to mount it high is if you don’t live near a television signal tower. The further away you are, the less strong the signal is going to be.

The Antenna Should Face The Transmitting Tower

How the antenna is positioned will also affect the reception. For the best reception, make sure that the antenna is facing the tower. If you are unsure about where the nearest tower is located, you can contact your local digital television provider. You can also usually find this type of information on their websites.

Seal All Connections

If you are placing the antenna up high, and facing it towards the transmitter tower in order to get the best reception, you need to make sure that it stays that way. Always cover all of the connections with a sealant that is waterproof. That way, no water will get into those connections and cause corrosion. If you don’t use a sealant, the corrosion will eventually build up to the point where you lose reception.

Ground The Antenna

Once you have completed the antenna installation, you need to ground the antenna. This will prevent surges of electricity. To do this, you will need a coaxial cable, as well as a surge protector. This is going to protect your antenna from being destroyed during electrical storms. You may also want to consider installing a lightning arrester. This will prevent direct lightning strikes to your antenna.

For assistance, contact a company like Antenna Masters.

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Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

2 Major Fire Defences for the Office

Most of us are fairly safety conscious when it comes to our own homes—we have a deeply personal, vested interest in not allowing the place to be vandalised, infested by pests, or burned down in a fire. When it comes to taking the right precautions, we’re sure to not leave candles burning unattended, we keep our smoke alarms in good condition, etc.

When it comes to the workplace, however, it is all too often a different story. If you are a business owner or supervisor, here are some key tips in order to fire-proof your offices.

Have the Right Fire Extinguishers at Hand

Different fire-extinguishers have been designed to handle different types of fire, feeding off different types of fuel. Having the right fire-extinguisher at hand can make all of the difference between nipping the threat in the bud, and putting your life in dire jeopardy.

Know what kind of fire-hazards exist in your workplace (gas leak, electrical failure, flammable textile, etc.) and plan accordingly. The leading fire-extinguisher varieties on the market, along with their specific uses, are as follows:

  • Water—Effective only in the case of extinguishing burning carbonaceous material, such as wood or textile. Not to be used under any circumstances for electrical fires.
  • Foam—Useful against both carbonaceous materials, and against flammable liquids such as petrol (though not cooking oil).
  • Dry-Powder—The most diverse fire extinguisher type as a rule. Different forms of dry-powder fire extinguisher can tackle Carbonaceous materials, flammable liquids (i.e. petrol), gas fires, electrical fires, and sometimes even flammable metals.
  • CO2—Used primarily against flammable liquids (i.e. petrol) and electrical fires.  

You can contact suppliers such as Northern Fire Equipment Service to learn what fire safety equipment would best serve your place of work.

Have a Fire Evacuation Plan in Place, & Practice Using It

It is an Australian government standard that all work places should have certain measures in place to protect against the risk of a fire breaking out, yet it is not generally enforced that each individual office must have a detailed fire evacuation plan in place.

Nonetheless, having such a plan will prove immeasurably beneficial when it comes to mitigating the potential safety hazards of a workplace fire.

An evacuation plan will typically often rely on one of two different strategies, both of which should be practiced through regular safety drills and mock evacuations.

Vertical Phased Evacuation:

This evacuation strategy is normally used in larger office environments, where a mass-exodus of employees might congest the exits and hamper the evacuation process, or where a fire may be reasonably contained in one area (e.g. one floor of a building). The strategy involves evacuating personnel in waves, with those most at risk leaving first.

In order for the strategy to work, members of staff must be drilled thoroughly in protocol and know how to evacuate depending on the risk in their immediate surroundings. Vertical phased evacuation also depends to a large degree on good inter-office communication systems, alarms, and fire-suppression mechanisms (such as sprinklers) being in place.

Simultaneous Evacuation:

For smaller and more low-tech offices, simultaneous evacuation is triggered through the announcement of a general fire warning or, more commonly, through the sounding of a fire alarm. In order for this evacuation method to be carried off safely and efficiently, regular fire drills are required in order to condition employees to remain calm and be swift in the event of a simultaneous evacuation.

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Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The 3 Best Ways To Automate Your Purchasing Processes

Automating your purchasing processes will ensure you have the materials you need on hand at all times, and that your entire process of procuring goods will be as efficient and cost-effective as possible. Consider the three best ways to automate your purchasing process no matter your industry.

1. Using handheld devices with mobile apps

A handheld device with an app that allows you to scan goods as they arrive can ensure that your inventory is updated instantly. In turn, this inventory can be made available to the production process just as quickly. Rather than waiting until material is unloaded from a truck to enter it into the inventory program, handheld devices with mobile apps will allow you to scan bar codes and immediately communicate this to your inventory program or various departments.

These apps not only cut down on the time it takes to receive inventory but also eliminate the human error involved in entering information manually. Human errors slow down the receiving process as you then need to find and correct these errors.

2. Updating your procurement software

If your procurement software does not include every facet of your purchasing and buying process as well as your production process and inventory, it needs to be updated. The more all-encompassing this software, the less time it will take to enter data and manage your inventory which in turn saves you money on personnel costs.

As an example, today’s software not only receives material and manages inventory but can also track pricing from various vendors and help to calculate the cost savings on various purchases.  When tied with your inventory and production, the right software will alert you to low levels of certain materials and in some cases even prepare orders to your vendors for you. This automation can save hours of work that would otherwise need to be calculated and performed manually.

3. Use vendor alerts

Many vendors can set up automated alerts for materials you may order regularly, and this in turn can save you the time and hassle of having to check these inventory levels yourself. For instance, if you need to order janitorial supplies every month, you might find a vendor that offers an automated alert for your standard monthly order and that emails you for the approval on the order. This saves the time needed to check your inventory levels and to manually prepare the order. It also helps ensure that your inventory levels never run low. This type of alert is available from many vendors across many industries, and it can help to automate your own procurement process no matter the materials needed.

For more information, contact Yarris Pty Ltd.

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