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Daylight Saving Ends This Sunday

Daylight Saving Ends This Sunday


Spring forward, fall back – with a few joules of wisdom


With the sun setting an hour earlier as of Sunday 6 April, it’s time to make a few safety checks.

Vector advises consumers to mark the end of daylight savings as the perfect time to check a few critical items around the home.

• Check the batteries in your smoke alarms, better still, replace them
• Check your electric blankets – most are stored folded, take them out, spread them out and turn them on to ensure they are safe
• Check your heater’s electric cords – ensure that all heaters are checked for safety

Did you know the idea of Daylight Saving Time is credited to a New Zealand entomologist George Vernon Hudson?
His shift-work job gave him leisure time to collect insects, and led him to value after-hours daylight. In 1895 he presented a paper to the Wellington Philosophical Society proposing a two-hour daylight-saving shift, and after considerable interest was expressed in Christchurch, New Zealand he followed up with a paper to the government in 1898.
Hudson's collection of insects, the largest in New Zealand, is housed in the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

NETWORK SUMMARY for week ending 30 March 2014
ELECTRICITY
It was a busy week in terms of house fires in Auckland. There were a total of five property fires in Greenlane, Takanini, Stanmore Bay, Glendene North and Lincoln North. Emergency services requested Vector crews to attend all incidents and isolate the power for safety reasons.

Five car v pole incidents were reported in Balmoral, Glen Innes, Glenfield, Manurewa and Otara.

Lines were reported down in St Heliers, Avondale, Kumeu and Clevedon. Vector worked with emergency services to make the necessary repairs.


GAS

A smell of gas was reported in the town of Te Puke. Contractors ventilated the area for safety, and further maintenance work has been scheduled.

A gas pipe was damaged by a digger at a house being renovated in Remuera. The supply was cut off at the contractor’s request, and will be reinstated once the house is occupied.

Pipes were struck by contractors in Titirangi and Bucklands Beach, with only one customer being affected.

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