Fire Alarm

Is your fire alarm system legally compliant?

As a business owner, it’s important to ensure that your fire alarm system is up to scratch.

There are a variety of fire alarm systems available to business owners and you can opt for either a manual or an automatic system. Depending on the type of business you run and the commercial premises you run it from, this may dictate the type of system that you’ll need.

If you want to know more about the different fire alarm systems available, take a look here.

Cat 5 Cables

Data Installation Cat 5, Cat 5e, Cat 6 - the differences explained

If you’ve been involved in the latter stages of designing a new office or in refurbishing an older office, you will probably have come across Cat 5, Cat 5e and Cat 6 cables.

Although they may all be Ethernet cables and in that sense they will all enable you to connect your devices together within a local area network, not all Ethernet cables are created equally. Here at Tomlinson Longstaff, we’ve summarised the key differences to help you make a decision about which one may be best for your business.

Working at height

What you should know about working at height

According to the HSE, falls from a height are one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries. As an employer, it is important to ensure that you are complying with the Work at Height Regulations, as failure to do so could have very serious implications, both legally and with regards to your employees’ safety.

The HSE advise us that we should avoid work at height ‘when it is reasonably practicable to do so’. But sometimes, working at height simply cannot be avoided. At this point, it’s also worth noting that working at height doesn’t necessarily mean being high above the ground, as working next to a hole would be classified as working at height and the necessary safety precautions would need to be put in place.

Here at Tomlinson Longstaff, we’ve come up with a few key points that you need to know about working at height:

How LED lighting could help you to meet the new EPC requirements

How LED lighting could help you to meet the new EPC requirements

In our previous post we talked about the new regulations regarding commercial EPCs, that are due to come into force from 1st April 2018.


Tomlinson Longstaff Ltd are NICEIC registered electrical contractors based in County Durham. We mainly work across Commercial and Industrial sectors.

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