Health and safety at work and at home

Guiding you through what you need to know to stay without a scratch!

Happy New Year

A happy new year to you all, I hope everybody had a lovely time. I certainly did, seeing the grandchildren enjoying it so much always brings a smile. Christmas is a great time of year for most but as with anything there are always some people out there who spoil it for others, you can read an example in this news report. Although the figures have started to go down over previous years there is still a rise in the number of burglaries and break-ins over the Christmas period compared to the rest of the year, a quick Google search and you will see what I mean. I am pleased to see the numbers seem to be going down over previous years and that is thanks to a lot of regions running awareness campaigns and giving warnings and advice. Most obvious things that you should do are to keep doors and windows locked and valuables out of site but other things you should be doing might be less obvious. A lot of burglaries are opportunistic and as such a passing burglar will be looking for signs that suggest an easier target such as leaving your back gate unlocked and open or signs that you have a pet as a lot of people leave the alarm off so their pets donít set them off. It is also a good idea not to leave things outside in your garden that could be used to assist in entry or escape such as tools or garden furniture that can be moved and then stood on. When it comes to bigger premises like work places, you really need to make sure that there is a proper security system in place as a lot of offices are closed between Christmas and New Year. For those situations I would strongly recommend getting some security guards backed up by a keyholding service, that way you have a security presence on site and any alarm that goes off can be monitored off site and the on site guards can be directed appropriately to deal with it.