Two tap cord switch and other household oddities of Britain
In British homes, apartments and hotels have some of the features that usually cause a surprise coming into the country of foreigners.
Why, for example, the washstand two separate tap for hot and cold water?
Why in the bathroom hanging cord to turn the light on, not a simple switch?
And why at the front door emblazoned dustbin on wheels? At the request of Bi-bi-si experts answered these burning questions.
Open one will get burned, will open the second — obmorozheny
“I always wondered why you have one sink, two separate taps? You or burn their hands, or pouring ice-cold water. It seems that simply have no other option”, says on the website bi-Bi-si 28-year-old Claudio Marongiu from Italy.
Meets Kevin Wellman, Director Accredited by the Institute of plumbing engineering equipment: “This tradition took root when the hot and cold water was supplied to the house separately, to prevent its infection through the mixer.”
Cold water was supplied through the main line and was suitable for drinking. And hot water came from a local reservoir, often located in the attic. This created a different water pressure, that is, if, for example, would be determined not suitable cocks or valves, then a single stream of water could go through the crossbar to another tap.Kevin Villanderer Accredited Institute of plumbing and engineering equipment
Thus, the statutory rate of water supply would not allow the cold and hot water mixed, because the hot water, stayed for some time in the tank in the attic was not suitable for drinking.
Adopted in 1965 to a set of rules called “CP 310”, it is recommended that, where possible, the hot tap is set to the left.
“One of the reasons why this rule all these years has been preserved, was that visually impaired people would always know which side he’s in the hot water, and with a cold,” explains Wellman.
Pull rope — lights and will be lit
Tourists coming to Britain are often puzzled by the lack of a switch in the bathroom — until they realize that you just have to pull hanging at the entrance of the lace.
26-year-old Fahmi Oman from Malaysia asked bi-Bi-si to enlighten her on this subject, and we asked for clarification to John O’neill — head of technical and engineering personnel in the inspection of the National Commission on the installation of electrical equipment (NICEIC) .
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“In the United Kingdom we follow a set of common requirements for electrical installations. Under this code, a bathroom is considered a place of danger because a person can be immersed in water in the tub. The ability of the human body to conduct electrical current is increased through the immersion or partial immersion in water,” — said the expert.
“We believe that any possible contact with operating electrical equipment potentially increases the possibility of electric shock, and in some situations, the outcome can be fatal. And it’s not just the wet hands because in the kitchen, for example, you have sockets and switches — namely, immersion in water,” he continues.
You should not have the opportunity, being in the bath, to reach and something to include. Pull-cord switches are allowed in the bathroom because you are not directly in contact with the switch.John O Nilgala technical and engineering personnel in the inspection of the National Commission on the installation of electrical equipment
He said other countries are allowed to place in the bathrooms sockets and switches, but it is not associated with a difference in voltage.
“It’s all about risk assessment and regulations adopted in each country,” answered the specialist.