New Year's Safety Resolutions

Simple New Year resolutions for a safe and secure 2017

Another year, another resolution. So resigned are we to failing that many of us don’t even bother to make one anymore!

Setting vague or unrealistic goals is said to be why the majority of us don’t achieve our New Year’s resolutions.  That’s why this year, we’re encouraging all our customers to ditch the difficult resolutions and settle for something a little simpler (and safer!). Here are our top five tips to keep you safe and secure in the New Year:

  1. Whilst cooking, do not leave the stove unattended. According to the London Fire Brigade, an astounding 60% of accidental homes fires start in the kitchen.  Keep an eye on your food while it’s cooking and always ensure you turn off the cooker and hob afterwards.
  2. Lock your doors and windows. This one may sound a bit obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people forget to lock their doors! This is particularly important for UPVC doors with a nightlatch function, as user can be tricked into thinking that the door is locked when closed.  Realistically, it is only being held shut by the latch, which can be bypassed within minutes by even a novice criminal. This year, make locking your doors a new habit. If your door lock is operated by a Euro cylinder, make sure it features anti-snap cuts. If not, resolve to upgrade to a British Standard 3* Euro cylinder.
  3. Replace the batteries in your fire alarm.  And while you’re at it, replace the batteries in your carbon monoxide alarm as well. Don’t have a fire or carbon monoxide alarm?  It is now a legal requirement for landlords to ensure the fire safety of their tenants as well as offer protection against carbon monoxide poisoning.  For more information about fire safety in rental properties, please visit the Alarms4Life website.
  4. Change your passwords. From banking to social media, our lives are now filled with online accounts and an endless ream of passwords to go with them. And while it might be tempting to use the same one for all accounts, it could leave you vulnerable to a cyber-attack. This year, make it a priority to improve all your online passwords by making them longer and stronger. Try to avoid using words that can be found in the dictionary and aim to include numbers and symbols alongside upper and lowercase letters.
  5. Upgrade your bike security. For many of us, improving our health and fitness will be an important goal for the New Year.  Cycling to work or school in the warmer months is a fun way to notch up some extra hours of incidental exercise.  If you’re planning to dust off your two-pedalled chariot in the New Year, make sure you kit it out with a secure D-Lock to help prevent it from being stolen.  And if your bike features quick release wheels, you might also be interested in installing Quick Caps.
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The team at My Security Store would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year! Here’s to a safe and secure 2017.

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