Today is Emergency Services Day, which is part of the National Emergency Services Memorial – a registered charity. 999 Day or Emergency Services Day is something that takes place every year on the 9th hour of the 9th day, of the 9th month.
What is it about?
Emergency Services Day aims to raise awareness of all the hard work the emergency services do day in, day out. Through different events Emergency Services Day promote efficiency, educate the public on what the emergency services do and also aims to invite more volunteers as they are a vital part in keeping Britain safe.
What does Emergency Services Day do?
Volunteers are crucial to the emergency services! Emergency Services Day therefore promotes the different ways the public can get involved. The services volunteers provide include: the special constabulary, NHS community response, retained firefighting and the RNLI.
It also teaches the public essential skills on how to be safe in water, what to do if there was a fire, how to prevent crime and basic life saving skills.
How you can get involved…
The main event happens in Edinburgh on Sunday 8th September but there are smaller events happening up and down the country throughout the month of September. So search for a local event near you and support your local emergency services.
Who to Contact in an Emergency?
There are now four different emergency numbers you can contact in the UK, they are:
999 – Main Emergency Number: This number should only be used in an urgent situation, e.g. if someone was seriously ill, injured or if a crime was taking place. This number covers police, ambulance, coastguard, cliff, cave and mountain rescue.
112 – Additional Emergency Number: This number directs you to the exact same emergency call centre except this number will work on any mobile phone, anywhere in the world. 112 also works on landlines inside the UK.
101 – Non-Emergency Police Number: This is the number to use if there is no immediate danger.
For example, if your house has been robbed whilst you’re out and there is no sign of the intruder. This number can also be used if you need to ask the police a general enquiry.
111 – Non-Emergency Medical Number: This number is to be used for illnesses and injuries where there isn’t a risk to life. This number has replaced and expanded on the NHS Direct service that was in place beforehand.
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Morning campers! Heading off into the wilderness with your family or pitching up with your friends at a music festival may feel like your packing up house and home with all your belongings stuffed into the car! But how do you keep all yourself and your belongings safe when camping? Take a look at our top tips below!
To lock or not to lock? A padlock may seem like a good idea to prevent thieves entering your tent but more often than not they cause more harm than good. A big, shiny padlock on your tent may look like you are trying to protect something valuable to a thief and rather than deterring someone, it may heighten their interest. It only takes one swipe of a penknife to gain access to a tent and then your little home for the week is ruined and your belongings taken. It’s better to not draw attention to your tent so ditch the padlock!
2. Lock it in the Car
Keeping your valuables locked up inside your car is definitely safer than keeping them inside your tent. Although not 100% secure from thieves, a vehicle is much harder to access. Keep your valuables out of sight from the windows and park your car up next to your tent or in a secure car park! It’s also a good idea to ensure your car keys are stored in a safe place.
3. Hide Small Stuff
No car to keep your valuables in? Hide your belongings around your tent in separate areas. For example, hide your keys in your dirty laundry, your smart phones in a pillowcase and split up your cash to hide in different locations around the tent. So if a thief does find their way into your tent and takes some of your valuables, the loss won’t be as high.
If you’re set up in a rural location, another great way to hide your valuables is to put them inside a waterproof pouch and hide it under a big rock or in a crook of a tree, a thief is not likely to look in these areas when snooping around your tent. However, this obviously isn’t full proof as someone may stumble across it, or you may forget to retrieve it before you go!
4. Get a Portable Safe
A portable safe is another way to keep your small valuables safe and dry when camping. But it’s in the name, a portable safe is portable. If you do decide to take a small safe with you, don’t forget to secure it something big and heavy so that a thief can’t just walk off with it. It is also worth securing your larger items such as bikes or a portable fridge with a heavy chain as these are often targeted by thieves in campsites.
5. Choose your Campsite Wisely
Research the campsite and the local area before you go. It will be useful to know if there is security on site and whether the site is located in a safe area. You can look up the recent crime stats in the local area by heading onto the Police website. You simply enter the campsite postcode and the site will generate how many crimes have happened within a certain time frame and will give you a general indication as to what the crimes were, e.g. bike theft.
6. Location in the Camp
As well as the location of the campsite, it is worth pitching your tent up in a secure location inside the site. Find a well lit spot that experiences heavy foot traffic, these spots are often in eyesight of the shower block or the car park. A thief is less likely to target a tent that is well lit with an audience, just ensure you keep all valuables out of sight.
7. Get Friendly with the Neighbours
Make friends with your neighbours when pitching up your tent and help them out if they need it. Making friends with nearby campers will give you another set of eyes on your tent and belongings so they will recognise whether someone should be there or not. You can also return them the favour if you see someone you don’t recognise from their party, ask a simple, friendly question. If it is a thief it will strongly deter their actions if they know someone is watching them.
Get creative with your tent safety; attach something noisy such as a bell or tie a few empty cans to your tent zip. This way if someone tries to enter your tent when you are sleeping the noise should wake you up and alert you to a possible intruder. Another way to prevent someone from entering your tent is by tying the two zips together from the inside; preventing the entrance from opening as the tabs cannot separate. Just ensure you can escape quickly should there be an emergency!
9. Tent Safety
We have looked at keeping your tent and belongings secure when camping, but what about your safety and the precautions that should be undertaken when pitching your tent?
BBQ’s and toasting marshmallows go hand in hand with camping but you should always be alert when near fire to avoid accidents. All tents should be distanced at least eight meters away from a fire pit; this is to prevent your tent catching fire from any rouge flames and to prevent it spreading across the camp. It is also important to keep objects and debris away from the flames if someone were to accidentally trip and fall into the fire. Furthermore, never light your BBQ or fire pit in a closed in space.
Fires produce carbon monoxide, a dangerous gas that is termed the ‘silent killer’, reputed this name as you cannot hear, smell or see the gas. Stay safe and only light your fires out in an open space, far away from your tent.
Tent strings and pegs are also something to watch out for, especially in the pitch black when making a dash to the toilet. Take a reliable torch and a few spare batteries with you so you’re not caught out when you need it most. You could improve the visibility of your tent in the night time further by adding fluorescent Guy Lines or by sticking reflective tape to your tent strings and pegs, which could save you and your neighbours a potential fall.
10. Wilderness Safety
Camping outside means facing insects, animals and the elements, make sure you’re prepared with a fully stocked first aid kit that includes insect repellent and plenty of plasters and bandages, no doubt you and the youngsters will exploring the highs and lows of the forest!
Research the nearest emergency centres near your campsite too, so if you or a loved one were to have an accident you already know where to go. If you’re going camping abroad make sure you know the local emergency numbers and brush up on a few basic emergency words in the native language.
You probably already know that the earth’s climate is warming and is causing detrimental effects to our planet such as extreme weather, melting ice sheets and rising sea levels. It is widely known that we humans and our current consumerism culture is a big part to blame for global warming. Little by little we are all mostly trying to do our bit to save the planet through different eco-friendly and mindfulness schemes. You may have heard of terms such as reducing your carbon footprint and being eco-friendly but have you heard of Zero Waste Week?
What is Zero Waste Week?
Zero Waste Week was founded in 2008 by Rachelle Strauss and has taken place during the first week of September every year since. It aims to raise awareness to reduce landfill waste, save money and preserve resources through marketing and engaging workshops. Zero Waste Week has been featured on television, in newspapers and magazines and they have collaborated with councils and police forces across the country.
The UK produced 222.9 million tonnes of waste in 2016. Once this waste begins to rot and decompose in the landfill it emits methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes a great deal to climate change. With millions of tonnes of waste being dumped into landfill every year and that waste taking up to 1000’s of years to decompose, not only are we rapidly running out of landfill space but we are rapidly increasing the amount of harmful gases that are being put out into the atmosphere. It’s understood that work needs to be done to decrease the amount of toxins that are produced every day and governing bodies across the world are all taking action to combat this issue.
The European Union have stated that “preventing dangerous climate change is a key priority for the European Union. Europe is working hard to cut its greenhouse gas emissions substantially while encouraging other nations and regions to do likewise.” The EU have set themselves targets to reach per decade to cut those greenhouse gases, for example by 2020 the EU aim to reach a 20% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions compared with 1990 and hope to raise that percentage to 40% by 2030. The European Union is thinking long term and aim to cut those emissions by a dramatic 80-95% by 2050, not only do they hope to reach this target for cleaner air but hope to also boost the economy and create new jobs whilst doing so.
How Can You Help?
The European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) are already implementing changes to prevent the effects of global warming increasing even further but the big difference starts with each and every one of us. If everyone in the world recycled we would be looking at a very different story. Earth and its oceans would be cleaner, landfills would shrink by a staggering amount and plants would thrive. So what can you do to help?
Zero Waste Week means exactly that, zero waste. There are many easy and simple things that you can do to be waste free that will hugely help the planet and save you a few pennies in the long run too.
Try swapping your take-out coffee cup by having your morning coffee inside the shop or buying a re-useable coffee flask at your favourite coffee shop, which in time will save you money. You can also recycle your old belongings and turn them into something new, e.g. turn your old sheets into cleaning rags instead of throwing them out which also saves you money by not having to buy new products. Going Zero Waste is a win-win situation for you and the earth, but it can be tricky to get started. We have created a list of 10 easy things you can do to cut down your waste and decrease your carbon footprint in the infographic below to help you get started.
Here at Keytek® security is paramount to us, including the security and safety of our planet. We are working on cutting our greenhouse gas emissions from using electric cars, printing less and recycling more and by using re-useable water bottles. We’d love to know if you have any tips for us and how you got on in going green or waste free in the comments below!