How to Stay Safe now Restrictions are Lifted

As of July 19th, most Covid restrictions will be lifted and this means a return to normal life. However, some would argue that there is no normal after Covid. Although all government restrictions will be lifted, you may want to consider ways to keep yourself safe. Covid-19 will be part of our lives, possibly forever, and it’s up to individuals to make personal decisions to minimise risk. It’s true that all activities will now carry a Covid risk, but it’s no longer beneficial for people to stay in their homes. There are actions you can take to protect yourself and others around you. We will go through the ways you can keep yourself safe and stop the spread of the virus.

 

What’s happening to Restrictions on July 19th?

Most of the legal restrictions surround Covid-19 will be lifted on July 19. According to the government website this is what will be happening on July 19th;

 

  • You will not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with.
  • There will be no limits on the number of people you can meet.
  • It will no longer be necessary for the Government to instruct people to work from home. Employers can start to plan a return to workplaces.
  • Face coverings will no longer be required by law in any setting.
  • There will no longer be limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations). There will be no requirement for table service at life events, or restrictions on singing or dancing.
  • There will no longer be restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship

 

What do businesses and venues have to do?

All the businesses that have been made to stay closed throughout the pandemic will now be allowed to open. This includes nightclubs, discos and adult entertainment venues. While all capacity limits will be lifted for sports, entertainment and business events. This also means that pubs, cafes and restaurants will no longer have to provide table service and follow social distancing rules. Although there will be no legal reason for venues to provide any Covid protection, they should implement protocols to keep customers safe. Read about Keeping Yourself Safe at Big Events in our previous blog.

So, what can you do to keep yourself and others safe when restrictions lift?

 

Face Coverings

Although you are not legally required to do so, you may want to continue to wear a face covering in public venues. Face coverings help slow the spread of coronavirus by preventing droplets in the air from spreading, a known way that Covid-19 spreads.

 

Use the track and trace app

The reason you use the NHS track and Trace app is because it lets you know if you have been in close contact with anyone that has since tested positive for Covid, regardless of whether you know each other. The app is free to download and the majority of venues, should have a way for you to check in using the app when you arrive.

 

Fresh air and Ventilation

When a person has Covid-19 and they talk, cough or breath, they will release droplets and aerosols that can be inhaled by another person. Fresh are blows these particles away, so sitting near a window or making sure there is sufficient ventilation in an indoor venue will help stop the spread of coronavirus. You can also make use of your extractor fan and leave it running to improve the ventilation in your home when you have guests. Basically, the more fresh air you let into your home the less likely you are to inhale infectious particles.

 

Testing at Home

It’s well known that 1 in 3 people that have Covid-19 don’t have any symptoms, which means they could be spreading the virus without knowing it. Rapid lateral flow testing is available to everyone, for free, so you are able to test twice a week if you want to. The early detection of the virus will enable people to self-isolate quicker, which will slow the spread of the virus.

 

Personal hygiene

Washing your hands with soap and water or using hand sanitiser on a regular basis is a good way to reduce your risk of catching coronavirus. The Gov.uk website say that washing or sanitising your hands after the following;

  • after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose
  • before you eat or handle food
  • after coming into contact with surfaces touched by many others, such as handles, handrails and light switches
  • after coming into contact with shared areas such as kitchens and bathrooms
  • when you return home

 

It’s advisable to touch your face as little as possible. Your hands touch a lot of different surfaces during the day and this is where you might pick up Covid, as surfaces can become infected with Covid-19. So,

if you touch an infected surface and then touch your eyes, mouth or nose, you can become infected with the virus. But washing or sanitising your hands after touching a surface will reduce your risk of transferring the infection to yourself.

Covid is also transmitted by coughing and sneezing, so to protect others you need to cover your mouth every time you sneeze or cough. An uncovered sneeze or cough will greatly increase the chance of those around you catching the virus. Government advice on this is;

  • Cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissues when you cough or sneeze.
  • If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow, not into your hand.
  • Dispose of tissues into a rubbish bag and immediately wash your hands.

 

No Close Contact

One of the major ways Covid spreads is through close contact with someone who is infected. They spread the virus through; speaking, coughing or sneezing, that could then be inhaled by you. This is why we have all been following social distancing guidelines and but because the government are no longer enforcing these doesn’t mean you have to stop. You might want to consider remaining 2 metres apart, especially if you are spending a prolonged time with them.

 

GETTING THE VACCINE

The most effective way to protect yourself from Covid-19 is getting yourself vaccinated. Everyone over the age of 18 can now get their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. If you haven’t booked your jab yet then go onto the NHS website to book.

 

Living With Covid-19

Even though restrictions are being lifted, that doesn’t mean Covid-19 is gone. The virus is something that we will have to get used t and deal with, much like the flu. We all have a roll in stopping the spread of the Coronavirus and taking step such as the ones we have explained will protect you and those around you.

How to Stay Safe at Large Events

Most legal restrictions are currently being lifted around the world and therefore large gatherings and planned in-person events are expected to now go ahead. Although it is exciting to be able to participate in events we’ve missed last year with people from various households again, several safety factors are crucial to keep in mind. Safety factors are not only attached to covid-19 risks, but also to a personal risk as people may have forgotten important safety measures after a year of virtual events. The following are some tips to help you stay safe when you are preparing for a fun event.

Pack to Protect

Nothing is more frustrating than having a great time at an event or festival only to discover that your bag has been slit open or your phone has vanished from your pocket. Whether you have experienced this before or just someone you know has, we have all been there, and there is no doubt the feeling is unmistakable. So, it’s always best to have the following security tips in mind.

  • Consider security when you pack valuable items for event usage. Don’t list valuables on box labels or purposely mislabel them.
  • Don’t put your phone and wallet in an easily zipped pocket, for example in your front pocket as it decreases the chance of someone grabbing your phone and wallet with your knowledge.
  • You can consider getting a traveller’s wallet or a runner’s belt. These items will help in keeping your cash, identification, and even your phone near to your body and in a hard-to-reach location.

Car Park Security

Coming back to your parked car to discover your windows smashed or your campsite wrecked while you were at the festival could be even worse and is also experienced by many people during events. The Times has reported that vehicle thefts increased by more than 50% in 2020, which is the highest level of stolen cars, vans, and motorcycles in four years.

Therefore, make sure you never leave any valuables in your car that can be seen, and store anything out of sight in your boot or elsewhere in the car. Stolen wheels are worth a lot of money, either as parts or as trash. Your vehicle’s wheels are less likely to be stolen if you use locking wheel nuts. Most importantly, and worryingly, breaking into a vehicle can take less than 30 seconds. Thieves will usually avoid parking in well-lit places or on busy streets since they are more likely to be observed, so park in busier areas during a large event.

Remain Alert

Recognizing a suspicious act ahead of time could not only help in avoiding a dangerous incident, whether for you or someone else. This is why remaining alert is important. Don’t get distracted while enjoying your time and forget about what and who can be surrounding you or your group of friends.

Let the Experts Help

Security for large events is a highly specialised profession with government-recognized credentials. A security breach can have very serious effects. If you have seen any suspicious person acting strangely, directly go and notify a security expert at the event or if there are any police officers. If something happens, remember, don’t panic, keep calm and go to someone who will help you. It’s a good idea to keep those security guards in your sights during the event.

Covid-19

Reduce any potential awkwardness

There is no doubt meeting new people will be essential in large events and communicating with new people out of your zone could happen. In general, there’s an overarching question hanging in the air: What should we do and how should we act around people now? If this is one of the causes of your newfound social awkwardness, read on for some advice on how to stay safe whilst dealing with the issues that can occur as a result of social distancing anxieties and concerns.

  • Make it a point to talk about social distancing, even if it’s uncomfortable.
  • If someone has a different point of view towards social distancing, offer to negotiate rather than reacting negatively.

Always follow the latest government guidelines which you can find here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus to have a fun yet safe event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Security Systems

Home security systems are increasing in popularity as they become more accessible to homeowners over the last few years. But what are home security systems? How do home security systems work? And what are the best home security systems on the market for 2021? Find out all of this and more in our blog below!

 

What is a Home Security System?

A home security system is used to protect the home against burglars by using interconnected devices that work through a central control panel that alert the homeowner to a possible intruder when triggered. A home security system is often made up of multiple parts including the following:

 

Control Panel

The control panel is the hub of a home security section and is what connects all the devices and is the device that arms and disarms the security devices. It is often a small device mounted on the wall with a touchpad and can work via pass codes, voice control or wireless key fobs.

 

Outdoor Home Security Cameras

Outdoor security cameras are usually placed to view the entry points on the exterior of the home and can be hooked up to the mains or smart security cameras can be wireless and connected to the internet. Outdoor home security cameras work by providing a continuous live stream footage that can be sent to your home and often include features such as alerts when movement is detected, infrared night vision, two-way audio and storage. Find out more about Outdoor Security Camera’s here!

 

Indoor Security Cameras

Indoor security cameras are also an option for homeowners who are installing a home security system. Much like an outdoor home security camera the indoor cameras provide live streaming and often include features such as notifications sent straight to your smart phone when triggered. Indoor security cameras are often useful if you have pets in the home or if you are unfortunate enough to be burgled to trace the intruders steps which helps you identify what is missing and helps the police with their investigation.

 

Motion Sensors on Windows and Doors

Motion sensors are placed on main entryways such as the front door or on downstairs windows. They detect motion and alert you when triggered.

 

Alarm

Sometimes an additional alarm is required if the control panel does not have one built in. An alarm sets off a loud ringing sound when triggered by the other security devices which not only alerts you to a possible intruder but more often than not scares off the intruder before they get a chance to enter your home a steal your possessions. Some alarms are also connected to the local police and alerts them to a possible break-in when triggered.

 

How do Home Security Systems Work?

Home security systems work using a term called the ‘Internet of Things’ which refers to the interconnectivity between appliances in the home. In this case it applies to the smart home security system working together to provide seamless protection against intruders. Home security systems or smart home security systems provide warning of an intruder when triggered in the form of a loud siren sounding and an alert sent to your smart phone.

 

Best Smart Home Security Systems for 2021

Our top three picks for the best home security systems 2021 are as follows:

 

Hive Smart Home Security

The Hive Smart Home Security System is a great product for those who are new to smart home security systems and are looking for an easy to use home security system with a sleek, understated design. They offer a wide range of features and 5 different packages including a bespoke package to your home via their quiz online so you can choose the best home security package for you. Find out more on their website here.

 

SimpliSafe

SimpliSafe home security systems are another product we love for ease of use. You can simply open up the box and get it running, no tools or experience required. SimpliSafe also offer a few different home security packages so that you can choose one that suits your home and needs. The most basic package ‘The Foundation’ retails for just £200 and includes the hub, control panel, entry sensor and SimpliCam camera which is a great deal. What is really great about SimpliSafe is that there are no contracts. Find out more on their website here.

 

Blink

Blink home security systems are perfect for those who already may have Amazon smart home products as it is an Amazon company. The camera’s start at just £35 and are controlled by Alexa so you can say ‘Alexa show me the front door camera” for example making Blink really affordable if you already have Amazon smart home products in your home. Find out more about Blink on Amazon here.

 

Keytek® Locksmiths

We are dedicated in helping people secure their homes across the UK. If you enjoyed this blog why not check out How to take a Taxi Safely and The Future of Security 2021: Ring Indoor Drone!

 

 

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