Commuting Safely to Work

How to Commute Safely to Work

 

Now that restrictions are starting to ease and you may be heading back into the office, you might need to think about keeping yourself safe as you make your way to work. As well as Covid considerations, there are other safety aspects of travelling to work that you need to be aware of. Whether you take public transport to work or drive yourself, there are always risks. We will go through the potential risks of commuting to work and how to be aware and avoid them.

 

Commuting During the Pandemic

 

Public Transport

Obviously using your own private transport during Covid is the safest way to commute, but that isn’t an option for everyone. So lets look at the ways you can keep yourself safe from Covid on public transport.

Avoid touching things– sounds obvious, but using contactless payment options is a great way stop the spread of coronavirus. If you do end up touching a ‘frequently touched’ surface then try to wash or antibac your hands as soon as you can. This is because coronavirus can remain on surfaces such as plastic and metal for a while.

Be aware of your face– on average we touch our faces around 16 times per hour, so if you have contaminated hands, you need to try not to touch for face. This is the same with gloves, don’t be lulled into a false sense of security with gloves, they will also be contaminated if you touch a surface that contains the coronavirus. Its actually safer to not wear gloves and use hand sanitiser regularly.

Don’t fidget– where possible try not to adjust or touch your mask, you risk contaminating it. It’s important that you always wear your mask correctly on public transport, to protect yourself and others.

Maintain social distancing– if possible, try to travel during non-peak hours and always keep at least 1 metre plus from those around you. There should be social distance markers on public transport, so try to follow the guidance.

Improve ventilation– if at all possible open any windows on the bus or train you are on. This is especially true if you are in a car share or taxi as you can’t socially distance when in a car.

 

Walking to Work

While walking to work is one of the safest ways of commuting Covid wise, it does pose some other risks that you need to be prepared for. Unfortunately you are more at risk walking alone if you are a woman, try to employ as many as our tips as you can.

Plan your route– if you haven’t walked to work before then its important you check before you set of the route you will take. If you do need to stop and look at a map or your phone, then make sure you stop where lots of people are.

Let someone know- it’s vital that you let your colleagues know that you are walking to work and what time you are likely to arrive. Exchange phones numbers with a colleague if possible, so you can let them know if there are any issues.

Walk with confidence– try to make eye contact with those you pass by, and keep your head up, this will make you less likely to be an attacker’s target.

Wear the right shoes– this is more than just a comfort thing, its for safety as well. Wear shoes that make it easy to make a quick getaway, if you’ve ever tried to run in heals or flip flops then you know what we mean. Try to wear flats or trainers, you can always change your shoes when you get to the office.

Safe clothing– try to wear clothing that makes you visible, such as bright colours or reflective bands and strips. This is more important in winter when its darker for longer.

Stick to public areas– if at all possible, try to walk where there are lots of people, where you can be seen even if it takes you longer. Taking shortcuts through woodlands or secluded fields puts you at risk.

Be aware of your surroundings- it’s advisable not to wear headphones when walking as it makes it easy for someone to sneak up on you undetected. Same principle if you are staring at your phone while walking, you need to keep your eyes a head and be alert to what’s happening around you.

Traffic safety– you must always walk into the direction of oncoming traffic; this means you will be able to see the traffic coming towards you. It also means a vehicle won’t be able to pull up behind and surprise you.

Extra steps– carry a personal alarm that admits a loud noise when activated. Keep your valuables hidden and finally trust your instincts, if you see someone who looks suspicious then cross the road.

To learn more about walking alone safely then read our blog on keeping yourself safe.

 

Driving

When it comes to commuting, driving to work, is the safest way Covid wise, however you need to make considerations for other road users to keep yourself and them safe. Speed is a major factor in accidents and its pedestrians that you need to watch your speed for. Shockingly children that are hit at above 20 miles an hour will nearly always die, but under 20 will nearly always survive. So, when driving through a built-up area, especially near school, you need to watch your speed.

You also must resist the urge to look at your phone while driving, not only is it illegal, looking at your phone means you are more likely to be in an accident. The best way to avoid temptation is to keep your phone on silent out of arms reach. Some modern cars come with screens and can connect to your phone, but this needs to be done when you are stationery.

 

What to take away…

 

Whether you drive, walk or get public transport when commuting to you must keep yourself safe. This applies to Covid as well as your general safety. Hopefully you have learned some useful tips that will keep yourself on the way to work.

Keytek Joins Checkatrade!

 

We are now proudly a member of the UK’s number 1 way to find trusted tradespeople, Checkatrade! As the UK’s leading Locksmith community, we continually strive for excellence as we set the standards for the industry and being a Checkatrade member is a further commitment to our high standards of practise.

 

What is Checkatrade?

Checkatrade is the ultimate place for customers to find professional, reliable, and trustworthy tradespeople, with their list of certified members ranging from builders to plumbers to Locksmiths to gardeners. They offer a partnership between members and customers, where only the best businesses are connected to customers to ensure excellent products and customer services.

All members need to adhere to ‘The Checkatrade Standard’ where 7 detailed guidelines are laid out, providing best practices for everything health and safety to resolving issues. Compliance of these guidelines ensure that all members are up to scratch and customer receive only the best experiences.

Checkatrade also provides customers a platform to leave detailed and informed reviews about businesses to share their experiences with other would be customers and to ensure the real gems of the industry shine through.

 

Why Have We Joined Checkatrade?

From the outset, Keytek® Locksmiths has been committed to providing customers with experienced, professional, and trustworthy Locksmiths and we believe Checkatrade matches us in this vision.

We, as a leader in the industry, are committed to the further education and expertise of all Locksmiths to ensure that all customers receive only the best Locksmith services. We feel our partnership with Checkatrade ensures that customers can be assured of the excellence that we as experts provide. To become a member, we had to meet a specific criteria with our qualifications, insurance references and code of ethics vetted rigorously by Checkatrade experts to confirm our high code of contacts already in place.

 

Receiving Customer Feedback Through Checkatrade

All Keytek® Locksmiths adhere to a professional code of conduct, where feedback plays an important role. We strongly believe that customer feedback is an essential part of maintaining our high practices of conduct and now that we are a member of Checkatrade, it has opened another platform where customers can share their experiences with us, and we can continually self-assess to ensure service excellence.

 

What this Means for Keytek Customers

For all Keytek® customers; whether past, present, or future, our membership with Checkatrade ensures that they will not only continue to receive excellent customer service but are offered even more avenues for feedback where we can continue to improve and adapt our services.

We strive to consistently raise our already high standards and to further promote the confidence that customers can have in their home security and the standards of the Locksmiths they are calling out.

Locksmiths are often called out in times of crisis and stress and ensuring professionalism and expertise from all Locksmiths in the industry through partnership with external moderators only raises the bar for the industry as a whole. We believe our partnership with Checkatrade not only be hugely successful for both customers and our Locksmiths but also for the entire industry.

 

Regulating the Industry

Unfortunately, as an unregulated industry, there are many rogue Locksmiths out there that don’t offer the professionalism and standards of practise that we would expect from our Locksmiths. This can lead to over pricing, lower standards of practise and no accountably for poor services.

This can understandably cause potential customers to be wary when booking with a Locksmith so our partnership with a recognised regulator such as Checkatrade we hope will only increase customer confidence.

Staying Safe this Summer: 2021!

The summer sun is finally coming back around and we’re all excited to enjoy the outdoors more often. As always it is important to stay safe in the summer so we’ve complied some top tips in staying safe in yourself, your home and keeping your car safe this summer in our blog below!

 

In Yourself

As we’re all aware your body also overheats in the warmer weather, remember these top 5 tips to keep yourself safe this summer:

  1. Hydrate – drink lots of water during the summer months to ensure you don’t suffer from dehydration.

  2. Suncream – Protect yourself from harmful UV rays by wearing suncream and reapplying often when out in the sunshine.

  3. Midday Shade – the sun is at its hottest between 11am-3pm so you may want to avoid planning being in the full sun between these times.

  4. Clothing – wear loose, light weight clothing and a hat to avoid overheating and burning your scalp. You are more likely to feel cool if your head is.

  5. Stay Cool – avoid over exertion in the hot weather, take cool showers if you’re feeling overheated and keep your windows open in your home to allow air to circulate.

Your Car

As you may be travelling more this summer, especially as more of us are having a staycation in the UK this year it is important you do some vital checks on your car to get you from A to B safely. Some top tips to follow this summer are:

Check Tyre Pressure: Did you know the temperature can affect the pressure in your tyres?  You can find how much pressure should be in your tyres in your vehicle handbook or printed in the sill of the driver’s door. Most petrol stations or garages have air pressure gauges and pumps to inflate them correctly.

Car Battery: Heat can make the fluid in your car battery to evaporate which will cause damage to the internal structure. Get your car serviced regularly to combat this.

Oil: Ensure your oil is within the two indicator levels, you may need to top it up more during the summer months if you plan to travel longer distances.

Air Conditioning: Nobody likes to sit in a hot tin car, ensure your air conditioning is serviced regularly will mean you can drive comfortably in the hot weather allowing you to concentrate on the roads better. Top tip: if you’re planning a journey in the summer months, wind down your windows slightly to let some air circulate before you get in to avoid sitting in stuffy, hot air.

Your Home

Did you know the weather can also affect elements of your home? We as Locksmiths get called out for the same frequent issues during the summer months, sticking and swollen doors! The sunshine, humidity and soaring temperatures really take a beating to your doors which can impact its usability, durability and security! If you have wooden doors ensure you protect them with UV protection varnish or paint it in a lighter colour which will absorb less heat. If you have a composite or uPVC door simply wash the door down with cool water in the summer months to prevent it from overheating.

Don’t forget to protect those extensions you may have such as a summer house or a beach hut! Find out more information on Summer House Security here and Beach Hut Security here!

Covid-19

Last but not least, we must all keep maintaining to do our bit to help stop the spread of coronavirus. Always follow the latest Government guidelines which you can find here! https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hopefully not long to go now before we reach normality!