Exciting times ahead at the Keytekshop!

 

Working with our friends at Burton Safes we are excited to announce that over the coming weeks we will be launching a new range safes to  Keytekshop. Burton Safes have been operating for the past 26 years and widely recognised as one of the leading suppliers of physical security solutions including safes, strongrooms and security doors.

Over the next few weeks we will be launching a wide range of safes aimed at the domestic and commercial markets, from small safes suitable for the home through to more specialised products such as Gun Safes and many in between. So if you have a certain item you want to protect then keep an eye out, as we’re sure to have something ideal for any job.

The first product range will be launching on Monday 20th June and we will be kicking off our new partnership with a competition, giving you the chance to win some fantastic products from the new range.

The product range…

The ranges that will soon be available from Keytekshop include:

• Freestanding and Cupboard Safes
• Luxury and Design Safes
• Fire and Security Safes
• Fire Safes
• Under floor and Wall Safes
• Hotel Safes
• Key Safes
• Gun Cabinets
• Deposit Safes

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Searching for ‘locksmith near me?’ 3 easy steps to find a locksmith near you!

3 Easy Ways to Search for a Locksmith Near You!

Being in a situation where you need a locksmith can be stressful. You may have lost you keys or have locked yourself out of your home and need to find a professional locksmith quickly. If you want to find an emergency locksmith there are 3 easy ways to do this.

 

How to find a locksmith near you.

  1. Google Search. The easiest way to find a locksmith near you if you have internet access is to use Google search on a device, mobile phone, tablet, PC or laptop. Chances are if you are locked outside of your home you will probably have a mobile phone on you. Open your browser and Google search for a ‘locksmith near me’. This will bring up a list of local locksmiths to your area. If you have your location services turned on, Google will recognise your exact location and find page listings for locksmiths in your nearby area, or simply put locksmith and add in your area.
  2. Directory Listings. There are many telephone directories that will list working trade professionals such as the Yellow Pages, BT or very local smaller directories such as Dentons. You can browse the adverts in their telephone books if you have one; if you don’t you can request a book from their website or by calling them. Most directories will also have an online service where you can search the listings via a device with internet access.
  3. Save a number to your phone in case of an emergency. As simple as it sounds, have yourself prepared for the worst. Find a telephone number of a locksmith local to your area that provides an emergency half hour service and save it on your phone. You will always be prepared in the event of being locked out with a contact when you need one.

 

Things to look for when finding a locksmith

When finding an emergency locksmith you ideally want to find a locksmith who can provide you with the following.

  • Fast response times – When your locked out you’re need to get a locksmith to you quickly so it’s important when finding the right locksmith that they can provide a fast responsive 30 minute service.
  • CRB checked – When hiring a locksmith or any professional that will be working on your property’s security it’s important to know they are trustworthy professionals, if your locksmith has a CRB / DBS check you can ensure they are clear of criminal offences.
  • 12 month guarantee – Locksmiths that offer a 12 month guarantee will give you peace of mind that the work they carry out will be covered for at least 12 months.
  • Trained and accredited engineer – Look for a locksmith with an accreditation or similar in locksmithing. Many locksmiths will undertake training courses to either train and learn skills or help certify their knowledge. This can help you be confident in trusting the locksmith you use.

Top tips for childproofing your home

Childproofing

When you’ve bought home your lovely new bundle of joy and have got over the first few months of sleepless nights and the mountain of laundry, it’s time to think about childproofing.

From the age of 4 months babies can show signs of rolling over which is the first stages of crawling. Once they actually start to crawl around the 7th month mark, you will soon long for the days of putting your child down and them being where you left them.

Preparing your home for this stage of childhood is vital for your own peace of mind and for your child’s physical development. The EYFS framework is used by all childcare professionals from Childminders to school teachers and shows how to engage with a child with the aim of promoting that child’s learning. Risk assessment is a large part of life with a child and the EYFS feels a child’s experiences should be as real as possible. So how do you make a child’s environment safe for them to explore without making it an alternative reality?

On the market there are childproofing kits which usually include everything you need to get the basics secure for your little wanderer. The first thing you need to bear in mind when choosing an appropriate kit is the length of time you will need these safety devices for. There are various types of kits which contain electrical socket covers and cupboard and drawer locks, parents usually go for the standard pack you can buy from any local store. The most important thing to remember is, these kits need to be fitted correctly or they are not worth the money you paid.

The Basic Kit

There are some drawer locks that required you to open the drawer and insert your hand, the chances are your child will be able to get their hands in as they get older and potentially get them trapped. Therefore you may find the magnetic locks are the way to go.

 

Once a child starts to pull up and stand which can be as early as 9 months, it creates a whole new threat level in your home. Children go from crawling to standing in the blink of an eye, so it’s easier to child-proof now before they gain new skills, agility and curiosity. Children love to be on their feet and find great pleasure in running, climbing so door safety is most important at this age. Little fingers will potentially get caught in a doors resulting in a very upsetting experience for both parent and child and in some cases a trip to A& E. So foam door stops are an excellent idea.

Another real risk at this age is and exploring child opening a door and escaping from the safety of their own home. I have heard several mothers say they have picked up the phone and turned around to find their child is not in the house. The dread that goes through a parents mind when they cannot find their child is beyond anything you will ever feel, but in your own home where you think they are safe it is even worse. Locking your front door with a key when you are in is not advisable due to fire safety and many children can turn keys in locks from about 2 years old as my mum found out luckily only getting locked in the back garden.

My front door has a sash jammer fitted which stops the door being opened unless you can push the lock up. This has been a huge help when I am busy and my helpful child goes to answer the door to a delivery man. Luckily I have never had that sinking feeling of where is my child as they are always in the house somewhere and can’t get out. These kind of locks can be fitted to most doors and windows which makes them a great option as they will last for many years at least until the child is tall enough and old enough to reach the lock.

These are just a few of the safety measures you will need for your growing child and hopefully you won’t feel like you are living in Fort Knox.

If you require a locksmith to come and fit any childproofing products to your home give us a call on 0800 035 0451 and one of our local mobile locksmiths will be more than happy to help.

Further reading:

Home Security Basics for Children

Back to School Online Security Tips 

5 Items People Often Forget to Secure