Buying Guides

What Are Convex Mirrors Used For?

Convex Mirrors are used to help store owners check for shoplifters, to see what’s coming round the corner on a road or warehouse and to shield our eyes from the sun’s rays (via sunglasses). Convex mirrors are so useful and ubiquitous we sometimes barely register them. They’re even hard at work in the Hubble telescope, working in tandem with concave mirrors to bring us magnificent images from the deepest regions of the universe. Convex mirrors are versatile, for sure, but what is it that makes them so? How do Convex Mirrors work? First, a quick reminder of what convex mirrors are, and how they work. They have a curved mirrored surface that bulges outwards and this affects the way light hits...


What is the 1 to 4 Rule for Ladder Safety

Knowing how to position a ladder properly before you climb up it is one of those life hacks, like dealing with a grizzly bear or a poisonous snake, that most people have an idea about – but this one’s a lot more useful to us in the UK and undoubtedly saves many lives every year. How do you set up a ladder? It’s all about the angle of the ladder against the wall. The magic number recommended by the HSE1 is 75 degrees, so that the base of the ladder is set away from the wall at one-quarter of the working length of the ladder. Put another way: for every four metres of height you need to climb, place the...


How to Use a Ladder Safely

Every day, around two million ladders are used around the UK – that’s an awful lot of climbing up and down ladders on all kinds of sites, both indoors and out. Thankfully, there are only a handful of ladder deaths each year, but working from height remains a common cause of accidents and knowing how to use a ladder safely is a must for anyone planning to use one. HSE has some useful things to say on the subject1, and we’ve drawn on their advice for this article, which looks at when a ladder is the best option, how to choose a ladder, how to check a ladder is safe to use and how to use a ladder or stepladder...


How Do Spill Kits Work?

If you’ve ever had to clean up spilled engine oil in the garage at home, you’ll know that using ordinary rags or cloths can be a dirty, slow job. That may be OK in a domestic setting, but in the workplace, you’ll need a quicker and safer approach. For one thing, an oil slip is extremely slippery, and just one small patch on the floor could cause a nasty slip or trip. Then there’s the risk of fire and the environmental hazards, not to mention the disruption to work if there’s no ready way to deal with the spill. It may not be an accident on the scale of a big marine oil disaster, but it’s still a workplace hazard...


Protecting Your Workplace from Coronavirus

As businesses begin to tentatively emerge from the UK's government-enforced lockdown, we turn to various official sources for direction during these still challenging times we're living (and hopefully working) through. It's imperative that businesses look for - and subsequently adhere to - considered road maps out of lockdown as we all cautiously, yet optimistically plan our own measured re-booting processes. It's not solely businesses such as First Mats which are preparing to return to what they do best in the foreseeable future, albeit while religiously following new codes of conduct and applying a revised chapter of health and safety ethos by which we'll all be rightfully judged going forward. As The UK Begins to Roll Open its Shutters Once More,...


Flyball and Dog Agility Competition Matting

Flyball is an exciting canine sport where teams of dogs run along a short track over hurdles, grab a tennis ball, and then run back to their owners. The first team to have all dogs back with their owners wins. But what has this got to do with floor matting? Well it's actually used in two places during this event. On the first run, the dogs are sprinting at very high speeds towards a box which will release a tennis ball. Foam matting is often used on these boxes to cushion the impact for the dogs, before they turn around and run back down the course to their owners. Photo credit: Tom Lord on Visual hunt / CC BY-NC-ND In...


How Do Self-Healing Cutting Mats Work

If you’re a keen crafter or hobbyist working at home on your kitchen or dining table, you’re probably looking for an effective way to protect your surfaces from damage due to cutting. If you regularly use blades while sewing, making models or doing papercraft, you will almost certainly, from time to time, have experienced moments where the scissors or knife slip, and the risk of scoring your tabletop is high. If you’re using a rotary cutter, there’s an even greater chance of damaging your furniture. A self-healing cutting mat could be the solution that you’ve been looking for. So, how do these mats work, and how could they keep your surfaces safe? Read on to find out more. How do...


7 Tips To Reduce Pain and Feel More Energetic At Work

For many workers, sitting or standing still for 7+ hours straight can have a very negative effect on the state of your body. This leads to unwelcome aches and pains which can make you feel tired and uncomfortable as well as posing serious risks to your long term health. Although you may think that aches, pains and fatigue are the result of heavy physical labour. It can equally be caused by stress and tension, which is what you put your body through when sitting or standing in one place for extended periods of time. If you want to maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle, and feel more energetic while you work, it is important to limit any impact that your job...


Our Best 60cm x 90cm Door Mats

When choosing a door mat for your property, whether it’s your home or office, there are a lot of considerations you need to make. The most important of which, besides the colour, is the size. We always advise choosing the largest mat possible for best performance, but for many people their only viable option is the standard 60cm x 90cm door mat. As you will see below, we have a wide selection of different styles and options to choose from that are all available in this particular size. Plush Choice Door Mat With more than 40 positive reviews in 2019, the Plush Choice Door Mat is one of our most popular entrance mats. For a reasonable price, you get the benefit of...


From Nut to Mat - How Coir Matting is Made

Door mats might not stand out as being the most obvious product to boast an interesting manufacturing history, but the truth of the matter is that coir matting is produced in a fascinating fashion. So, while you may be aware of the many benefits that they can bring to your home or business, gaining a little background insight can be very useful too. Coir comes from the outer husk – that you won’t see in the supermarkets - of a coconut, which is incredible enough. However, the material (obviously) doesn’t instantly become a doormat once it is scraped from the coconut. It embarks on an epic journey before reaching your doorway. From nut to mat, here’s all you need to...