Easter Bunny Security

As Easter rolls around again (even though with recent weather you would be forgiven for thinking its Christmas) the rate of people buying pet rabbits shoots up. Any new bunny owner needs to know how to keep their new pet safe, especially if they are being kept outside.

It is worth mentioning that Pets at Home have banned people from buying rabbits over the Easter period to stop bunnies that are brought on impulse from being abandoned or mistreated. This means that you will not be able to walk in to a Pets at Home and walk out with a rabbit, instead the company are offering free workshops to educate children on small animals and pet ownership. A study showed that around 67,000 rabbits were given to shelters each year, and an undocumented number are actually just left on the street. Pets at Home believe that parents are encouraged to buy their children’s rabbits over the Easter period but once the novelty wears off, the realities of looking after a rabbit settle in and it’s not something that people are happy to maintain.

However, if you are thinking of purchasing a rabbit its best to do some research on how to keep them safe and happy.

Outdoor rabbits

If you are planning for your rabbit to live outside then you will need to take some more steps to make sure they are safe. Bunnies need a dry, clean, ventilated and relatively large home to thrive. You also need to make sure they are safe from predators such as cats, dogs, foxes and even badgers. Domesticated rabbits have been known to die from the shock of seeing or being confronted by a predator. It is worth making sure your garden is secure, so that the risk of a predator getting in is minimal.

You will also need to make sure the hutch your bunny lives in is secure. Bunnies have big teeth and given enough time can chew through wood. Good practice is to reinforce the back of your hutch with a solid plank of wood; this will make it harder for your bunny to escape and predators to get in. It is extremely important that your rabbit has an enclosed area of their hutch; this enables them to hide from predators and protect themselves from adverse weather.

Speaking of weather, you will need to make sure your outside rabbit is well ventilated during the hot summer months as well as have constant access to clean fresh water. One tip is to freeze some plastic water bottles placing them in the floor straw to give your bunny some cool places to rest. You also need to make sure your bunny’s home is suitable for the winter months. Before the very cold months hit, check your bunny’s cage to any damp places or leaks. You can purchase special heaters to keep your bunnies warm, but if you don’t want to splash the cash on a heater there are other ways you can help your rabbit keep warm. You can use newspaper to line the walls and floors, covering any exposed areas with plastic sheeting and covering the whole hutch with a tarp or blanket at night. You will also need to frequently check that the water supply has not frozen and provide a little extra food, to give your rabbit the energy to keep warm at night.

 

Indoor rabbits

You might think that having your bunny live indoors will keep them safer, however there are lots of hazards in your home that you need to watch out for. The biggest and most well known risk to having a rabbit in doors is them chewing through wires. If your rabbit chews through an electric cord then it is more than likely that they will die, so it is important to bunny proof your home. You can do this by encasing wires in heavy duty plastic, keeping them out of reach or blocking them with furniture. Rabbits are adventurous and have a tendency to jump off and on furniture, however rabbit’s spines are very fragile and if they land wrong it can mean a broken spine. It is advisable to always keep a close eye on your bunny if they are roaming free in the house. It is also good to keep an eye on the rabbit if it tends to chew on furniture as if they swallow a large amount then it can block your bunny’s digestive system. You can give your rabbit an alternative to chew on; there are many things available to buy such as a natural chewable toys. It is also not advisable to give your rabbit human food as it can be poisonous, especially raw potatoes, they are as poisonous to rabbits as chocolate is to dogs.

We hope that these tips help you keep your bunnies safe, not just over Easter, but for the whole of their lives. For more information visit www.wikihow.com/Keep-Pet-Rabbits-Safe.

Remember…..a rabbit is for life, not just for Easter! Unless it’s of the chocolate variety!

 

 

Info From;
http://www.saferpets.co.uk/keepingyourrabbitsafe.html
www.hobbyfarms.com/protecting-pet-rabbits/
https://rabbit.org/faq-rabbits-outdoors/

Is Your Information Safe on Facebook?

You may have seen in the news recently that Facebook has come under fire for letting Cambridge Analytica harvest user’s data without their permission. The scary thing is that you may have been caught up in this without knowing, as users downloading apps have ‘allowed’ the app to gain data from their friends as well as themselves. If you are still unsure if you have allowed an app permission, think  back to the last time you did a ‘personality quiz’ or ‘what will my face look like in 30 years’ and to get your result the app asked to have permission to see your info? Well if you clicked yes to that, your data may have been harvested.

Now it’s a bit scary knowing that information about you could have been used without your permission. So what can you do about it? Well some people are calling for everyone to delete Facebook completely. However of you don’t want to something that radical then you can always check your privacy settings. We will show you how to do both.

How to delete your Facebook account

If you are a frequent Facebook user then you have probably used it to log in to other apps and services, which will be affected once you delete your account. First thing to do is figure out what apps you have connected to Facebook; you can do this by going to Settings then Apps, then make a list of the apps and websites that you will still want to use after you delete your account. You will need to log in to each of these apps, and visit their settings page and find the option is disconnect from Facebook. Each of the settings will be different in each app or website, so you may have to do a little more research on each app or website to be able to disconnect it from Facebook.

Secondly it may be worth downloading and saving all the pictures and videos you have ever posted to Facebook. You can do this on the desktop version of Facebook by heading to Settings and on the first page, there should be an option to Download a copy of your Facebook data. Once you’ve followed the instructions Facebook will then send you an email containing a downloadable file.

Now the big decisions really come in, you have two options when it comes to quitting Facebook;

  • Permanently delete your account
  • Deactivate your account

Now permanently deleting your account is IRREVERSIBLE. All your data including; photos, videos, friends, apps, games and like will be erased. Your profile will no longer exist, and if you have a change of heart and want back in, you will need to sign up for Facebook as a new user.

You can ‘deactivate your account’ which is a less permanent. This essentially freezes your account, meaning you can restore it to the same state, if you are sucked back in to the Facebook world. With this option you can also still use Facebook messenger.

If you are worried about your data being used then your best option is to permanently delete your account. Facebook will try and stop you from quitting, but if you are determined then just keep going! Just go to this page to start the process.

Changing or modifying App settings on Facebook

 If deleting your whole account is a bit too radical for you, then you can delete or modify any apps that are linked to your account. You can access these by going to Settings and selecting the Apps. You can hover over the app that you want to delete or modify and either click delete or edit. If you want to delete the app…press delete. However if you want to review the settings for the app and make any changes you feel are needed you need to click edit. You can change who can see that you use this app, as well as who can see any posts that the app makes on your behalf. Scroll down the screen further, and you may be able to turn off other settings, such as whether the app can post certain information on your behalf. Make sure you click save after you’ve made the changes. Annoyingly the only way you can make sure that the app deletes any information about you they already have, is to send an email or visit their website, depending on which app you are dealing with.

What to do next….

Hopefully you can now feel a little more secure with your information on Facebook; however it is still not recommended that you have any personal information posted publicly. Make sure there are never any pictures with your address, date of birth or bank details posted to any social media and you should never share bank details with people you don’t know over social media. For more information on the Facebook data breach mentioned in this blog then please visit the BBC page

 

Info From;

www.cnet.com/news/facebook-cambridge-analytica-data-mining-and-trump-what-you-need-to-know/

www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-delete-your-facebook-account-once-and-for-all/

Don’t Drink and Drive

We all know that drinking and driving is a definite no no, and the majority of people would not dream of drinking alcohol and getting into the car with the intention of driving. However, do you know the actual laws around drink driving? How much you can have? What would happen if you got caught? What about the morning after?

What are the consequences of drink driving?

In Great Britain, in 2015, there were 170 young people between the ages of 17 and 24 who were killed or seriously injured in reported accidents when over the legal alcohol limit. Alcohol slows your reflexes, so your ability to react quickly to situations decreases. Your eye function worsens and your visual perception is impaired meaning you may not see dangers a head. Alcohol can also have a detrimental effect on your coordination and concentration. All this means that if you get behind the wheel after drinking then you are much more likely to kill yourself or other people?

 

If you are pulled over and blow over the legal limit for alcohol, the consequences can be severe and far reaching. You will face a minimum of a 12 month driving ban, a criminal record, large fines and maybe even prison time, just to name a few. But it doesn’t just end there being caught drink driving can mean you lose your job, have trouble travelling to places like the USA and the loss of independence that comes with not being able to transport yourself. If you know that you have to drive at some point in the day then it is best practice to have no drinks at all. Is that one pint or glass of wine worth ruining your life or someone elses?

The Law

The drink drive limit in United Kingdom

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the legal alcohol limit for drivers is:

  • 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath
  • 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood
  • 107 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine

 

In Scotland (from 5 December 2014) the legal alcohol limit for drivers is lower at:

  • 22 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath
  • 50 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood
  • 67 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine.

 

It is not possible to work out how much you can drink and still be under the limit. Alcohol effects everyone differently, and can depend on; weight, age, sex and metabolism. The effect of alcohol also changes with what type of alcohol you are drinking, how much you’ve eaten and your stress levels. So it is always recommended that if you are planning on driving, not to drink ANY alcohol at all.

 

The Morning After

Unfortunately some people don’t think twice before getting in the car the morning after a night of heavy drinking. However you could still be over the limit and leave yourself vulnerable to accidents and penalties. It takes longer than most people think for alcohol to pass through the body. On average it takes around one hour per unit of alcohol to leave the body, however this is dependent on the factors mentioned before; age, weight, sex and metabolism.

Data from the Government’s THINK! campaign, published in December 2015, revealed that in 2013 an estimated 740 reported drink drive collisions took place in the morning, and around 5,500 people fail breath tests between 6am and midday every year.

You can use this morning after calculator to help you work out how long you should wait before driving after a heavy night. This will not work out exactly when you can drive safely. However it will help you work out roughly when it will be safe for you to drive The Morning After Calculator 

What is a ‘unit’ of alcohol?

drink driving
Picture from www.drinkaware.co.uk/

One unit of alcohol is 10ml or 8g of pure alcohol. It is hard to work out exactly what a unit is as drinks come in different strengths and sizes.

 

For more information on drinking and driving visit; http://think.direct.gov.uk/drink-driving.html or https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/

 

Info from;
http://think.direct.gov.uk/drink-driving.html https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/
http://sciencenetlinks.com/interactives/alcohol/ebook/pages/drunk-driving.htm
https://www.sciencesource.com/CS.aspx?VP3=LoginRegistration&L=True&R=False
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-41125558

We are Super Heroes

 

Local Heroes has been set up by British Gas to redefine the way that trade related jobs are done. British Gas has used world class consumer internet companies and experts from within to create a system that works for customers and tradespeople. They understand that it can be hard for a homeowner to find trustworthy reliable tradespeople and Local Heroes has created a way for consumers to find services at a fair price and at a time that suits them.

Local Heroes has a strict code of conduct that all heroes must adhere to, this includes; always providing a quote before the work starts, be polite, friendly and treat you and your property with respect, never take cash payments. They will only accept payment through the Local Heroes website and keep the customer updated throughout the work. This is how booking a job with Local Heroes works;

  • Get an instant online price estimate
  • Choose a time and date to suit you (can also decide after Local Heroes find someone)
  • Local Heroes find a great local tradesman (Hero) and notify you by text message, usually within 15 minutes
  • Have an initial chat with the Hero to discuss your job
  • Get a free on site quote
  • Decide whether to go ahead with the repair or think about it for a few days
  • Pay online using a Card or PayPal once the job has been completed

Keytek® are proud to not only be working with Local Heroes as a ‘Hero’ but have also gained the title of ‘Super Hero’. This means that our engineers have gone above and beyond in the treatment of our customers and our feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. This is what Local Heroes had to say about their ‘Super Hero’ status;

“The level of customer service we’ve seen from our Heroes in the past year or so has been astonishing – our customer feedback is overwhelmingly positive – and we really wanted to find some way of rewarding that dedication and incentivising continued great work.

The new SuperHero status is our way of thanking the Heroes and offering a great target for the new Heroes we have coming on board every day.”

Mat Moakes

Local Heroes on International Women’s Day

One of our engineers Pip is featured in this fabulous article from British Gas Local Heroes about being a woman in the trade industry. To read the full article visit the Local Heroes Website

Tradesman? Tradeswoman? Tradesperson.

In celebration of International Women’s Day today we’ve been speaking to some of the fantastic female tradespeople on our platform. It’s fair to say that we operate in a heavily male-dominated industry. Women make up just 6% of all people in skilled trades, while only 1% of electricians are female. So, we were keen to speak to our female Heroes about their experiences and whether they see the split between men and women in the industry balancing out anytime soon.

“Women make up just 6% of all people in skilled trades, while only 1% of electricians are female.”

Customers are more trusting of women

Overwhelmingly (and promisingly!) our female Heroes talked about the positive experiences they’ve had in customers’ homes. Sam Gregory, who works for a handyman company (a handywoman?), told us “some people comment that it’s a bit odd having a woman come to quote for the work, but some people say they’d prefer a woman to do the job. Especially other women and older customers who are nervous about strangers coming into their home. It’s all about trust”

“Single women are often relieved to see I’m a woman”

Pip Harris, Locksmith

Pip Harris, a locksmith, agreed that “single women are often relieved to see I’m a woman”. She explained that when people are locked out of their homes they’re often in an emotional state, and some feel more relaxed that it’s a woman helping them out in this time of need.

Why don’t more girls become tradespeople?

Aside from a few negative experiences on site, our female Heroes spoke enthusiastically about how they enjoy their jobs and the variety of work they undertake. So, what do they see as holding back young women from entering into skilled trades? “Some girls might not go into these trades because they’re nervous, scared or embarrassed as they think there’s a stigma that it’s a man’s job”, Kari speculated.

“Some girls might not go into these trades because they’re nervous, scared or embarrassed as they think there’s a stigma that it’s a man’s job”

Kari, drainage engineer

Kari herself went into hairdressing after she left school because she was scared of what people might think; “as I got older I didn’t care as much what people think and just wanted to do what makes me happy”.

 

We certainly hope that this will encourage more women to feel more confident about joining the industry, and we’d like to say massive thanks to all our female Heroes who work tirelessly to help customers in their homes.

We’re always looking for quality tradespeople to sign up to Local Heroes, and would love more women to join us.

We have not shown the whole article on our page, to read the article in its entirety visit Local Heroes.