Monthly Archives: November 2016

Understanding the Threat of Carbon Monoxide in the Home

You may have seen the recent media campaign featuring a banjo-playing chicken singing about the importance of carbon monoxide detection in the home. You may also have been confused  and possibly distracted, like us, as to why this chicken was the right character to inform about a very serious danger that threatens the homes of Irish citizens.

 

So let’s get to the facts – carbon monoxide kills on average 1 to 2 people per year in Ireland. This is a relatively low number, but what is most distressing about carbon monoxide related deaths is that they are entirely needless and avoidable. Simple measures can be implemented in the home to dispel any threats that may exist.

 

But what is Carbon monoxide? Well, it is an odourless, colourless, poisonous gas that is virtually undetectable to the human senses. It is often dubbed the ‘silent killer’ because of its almost unnoticeable presence. Carbon monoxide is produced when there is when there is a lack of air for the combustion process of fossil fuels, mostly due to a faulty appliance. In non-fatal circumstances, this release of CO (chemical symbol for carbon monoxide) can make people who inhale the substance feel nauseous and ill. Some of the symptoms of this include:

 

  • Random headaches, chest pains or muscular weakness
  • Sickness, diarrhoea or pains in the stomach
  • Sudden dizziness when standing up
  • General tiredness

 

It is important that if you or members of your household are experiencing these symptoms, that they go outside and inhale fresh air straight away. After doing this, it’s vital that a carbon monoxide detector is installed as soon as possible.

 

But not letting it get to this stage is the key, and simple safety precautions can be followed in order to ensure that such drastic occurrences do not happen.

 

  • Ensure all appliances are correctly installed
  • Make sure rooms are ventilated and that vents are never blocked
  • Make sure all chimneys are regularly cleaned and cleared
  • Do not use an appliance if you believe it to be faulty
  • Regularly maintain and inspect appliance, flues, chimneys and vents
  • Install an effective carbon monoxide detector in your home.

 

We hope that this information provides you with enough knowledge to tackle any carbon monoxide threat that may manifest itself in your home. It is important that this knowledge is universally available and widely known. It is a serious issue, and probably deserves a more serious ambassador than a musical chicken.…


Why MyProtein’s Discounts & Bundles Are Terrible News For Those Who Recycle

MyProtein was established several years ago. A bright spark in the UK recognised the demand for whey protein and set about creating the fitness nutrition company from his bedroom. The idea was spurred by the fact that supermarkets and health nutrition stores like Holland and Barratt were obscenely expensive, and the protein sold in the gym reception themselves was usually priced at over £40 for a kilo.

From Bedroom Boy To Millionaire

 

The idea was born and the evergreen demand was all that Oliver needed to launch the company. Quick growth accelerated his operations which lead to MyProtein becoming a national brand, dominating the fitness supplement industry. The idea was simple – produce protein powder in mass quanitties, package it cheaply with basic branding and sell it to the masses. It worked and it’s easy to see why. An average kilo of whey protein will set you back over £30 in a British supermarket. Oliver was selling his for less than half of that – closer to a third, in fact, when you took his bulk discounts and promotions into account. The service was polished off by the lucrative next day delivery with DPD. That was all that was needed to propel the company into being the biggest fitness nutrition brand in the country. Oliver has since moved on to starting up a different company to rival MyProtein, he’s named it GoNutrition and aimed at slightly higher end products with a more prestigious product and branding. What did he do with MyProtein? He sold it for a small fortune. The Hut Group purchased the company in June 2011 for an estimated £54 million.

The Company Rely On Discount Codes, Coupons and Deals

 

MyProtein discounts and coupon codes are everywhere. ProteinPromo.com has an excellent list of the latest and greatest discount codes available for MyProtein. The brand has capitalised on the coupon craze that has spurned recession dodging shoppers into thrifty, frugal spenders, who chase the thrills associated with getting a good deal and counting the pennies they save. Whilst MyProtein remain environmentally friendly with their online presence sustaining from a plethora of paperwork and junk mail being forced down consumer’s throats, their bulk discount hampers and packaged protein deals are a nightmare for the keen recyclers.

 

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Terrible For Recycling

 

Protein orders are delivered in a huge cardboard box. That’s not the issue, though. The box is secured with a vast array of plastic bubble wrap, padding and what you would consider a recycler’s worst nightmare. I understand it’s necessary to secure loose items – but why not use recycled soft card and paper like amazon do? They’ve clearly shown it to be feasible on a mass scale, so why can’t MyProtein. The other issues lies solely with the products packaging itself. Certain supplements, drinks and syrups arrive in a plastic bottle, which many local recycling centres will take. The protein, however, is packaged in a thick plastic sachet that can’t be recycled. The company has made strides into catering for vegetarians, vegans and various other niche markets. It remains a worry though that their core product is so far from what we consider to be 2016 acceptable standards of packaging. Supermarkets and grocery stores take great flak from the public due to their unnecessary packaging, but …