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Study Shows Many Regret Tossing Out Items They Could Have Stored

by Winnie Hsiu January 8, 2010 2:26 PM
An online study released this week showed that more than half of survey respondents regretted throwing away personal items just to save space. The study was conducted in the United Kingdom, by British self-storage company Safestore. Survey respondents especially regretting tossing out old clothes, photographs, and other items of sentimental value, such as family memorabilia.

Saving space is a topic that is frequently on the minds of Britons. In August 2009, a study conducted by CABE, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, showed that of all Europeans, British have the smallest homes. About 45 percent of people in Britain say that they have just barely enough space to live in, while 50 percent say that they do not have enough space and their homes are too cluttered. [More]

New British Fire Trucks Sit in Storage Because Phones and Radios Don't Work

by Holly Robinson December 29, 2009 7:53 AM
Self-storage facility owners are always happy to provide storage for vehicles, if they have the space. But it is a shame to see fire trucks sitting in storage when they are needed in service.

England is installing new Firelink radios in its Fire and Rescue Service vehicles. The new radios will allow fire trucks to communicate directly, via a secure digital link, with the centers that receive emergency calls. The new fire trucks, which the British government refers to as Enhanced Command Support vehicles, also are equipped with satellite phones and mobile phone networks. The new system was described by the British government as "ET phone home communications."

Unfortunately, the new technology, which cost £1.5 million, does not work, and nine of the new fire engines have been put into temporary storage as a result. [More]