Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 2016 – What you need to know.

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 2016 is running for the 11th consecutive year between Monday 21 – Sunday 26 November. coawareness-logo1

As part of this year’s awareness week, we’ve pulled together the essential information you need on the dangers of Carbon Monoxide and how you can stay protected.

What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon Monoxide (known as CO for short) is an extremely poisonous gas, which can be lethal. It is often referred to as the Silent Killer, due to it being colourless, odourless, tasteless and not visibly irritating to the skin.

Where does CO come from?

Any time fuel is burnt, fumes are created; CO is present within these fumes. This includes fumes from everyday sources such as engines, stoves, grills, fireplaces, furnaces and campfires to name just a few.

How can CO cause harm?

Constant exposure to the gas, be it indoors our outdoors, can lead to Carbon Monoxide poisoning. This is a serious condition that can lead to death in some cases, affecting both people and animals alike. Those breathing in the gas during their sleep are at particular risk.

What are the symptoms of CO poisoning?

The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headaches, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pains, and confusion. CO symptoms are often described as “flu-like” by sufferers.

kidde7dcoHow can I protect myself from CO poisoning?

Installing a dedicated CO Detection Alarm is the only way to constantly guard against the dangers of Carbon Monoxide. These incredibly useful units will constantly monitor the air around them and alert you to the presence of dangerous levels of CO.


Should my landlord provide CO alarms within a property?

YES. As of March 2015 private landlords in the UK are legally obliged to ensure all of their properties are equipped with working smoke and CO alarms. If you live in rented accommodation and do not have a CO alarm, speak to your landlord immediately (this includes student accommodation). If you live in a private residence, it is your responsibility to purchase one.

Where can I use CO alarms?

CO alarms are typically battery operated and can be wall/ceiling mounted in any residential or commercial environment. Modern CO alarm units are also very compact meaning they can be easily transported for use while travelling, such as in hotels or holiday homes. Some are also tested to operate at low temperatures, meaning you can use them in caravans, boats or even tents.

Where can I get a CO alarm?

Redline Security supply two types of CO alarm, both certified to CE and British Standard EN50291:2012, and are offering a special discount price during CO Awareness Week:

Kidde 7DCO 10 Year Battery Life – Features a digital display for constant monitoring of CO levels.

Kidde Lifesaver 7 Year Battery Life – One of the most compact alarms available, perfect for portable use.

For more information on CO poisoning, and Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, you can visit the official charity website here: www.covictim.org

2016 Festival Security Tips!

Our calendars have officially switched to summer time, which means the 2016 UK Festival Season is ready to get into full swing! From Glastonbury to Secret Garden Party, revelers of all ages up and down the country are dusting off their wellies, shaking out their tents and getting ready for a summer to remember.

With this in mind we’ve pulled together a list of 10 Top Tips for good Festival Security to help you enjoy yourself safely:

1) Lots of people will be using their phones to capture their favourite bands on film or snap some memorable selfies with their friends; a simple Bunjee Cord will ensure your phone won’t be dropped, lost, damaged or swiped by pickpockets in a crowd.

2) A Personal Alarm is the kind of thing you’ll hopefully never need, but it makes sense to carry. Available in a range of designs and sizes, these alarms will discourage attackers and draw attention when needed.

3) If you’re camping, make sure you never leave valuables unattended in your tent! Opportunist thieves are known to roam campsites while people are off enjoying the bands, don’t leave them anything worth taking.

4) If you’re worried about leaving other items like clothing, or even food and drink in your tent then consider investing in a small Padlock to hook through the zips. This will prevent easy entry and make your tent less likely to be targeted!

5) For those of you who love to get right in the thick of it at festivals, you can be the most vulnerable to pickpockets whilst in amongst a large crowd of people. Items like Secret Pockets allow you to store cash and cards securely on your person, hidden from sight!

6) If you’re wearing a bag or backpack whilst enjoying the acts, consider investing in a Carabiner Hook. These cheap, lightweight clips can secure the zips of your bag together, meaning you’re less likely to be a victim of bag dipping.

7) If you’re leaving your car parked up at a designated car park, be sure not to leave valuables in plain sight or advertise their presence in any way. Items like a Sat Nav Windscreen Cloth can help your car remain inconspicuous.

8) A reliable torch is an absolute must for any festival goers who are camping (that walk back to your tent after the final act can be dark and wobbly!) Items like Wind Up Torches are brilliant for illuminating your path and conserving battery life!

9) Looking for some light in your tent at night? A PIR Night Light can illuminate your surroundings when needed, or be set to switch on whenever someone walks past for added security!

10) Most importantly make sure you enjoy yourself, but do so responsibly!

For more information on personal safety and security, visit our website www.redlinesecurity.co.uk.

Contactless Card Crime – What you need to know.

The past couple of years have seen a huge spike in the usage of contactless cards, with an estimated 81 million debit and credit cards across the UK alone now carrying the functionality. That’s not to mention the amount of wireless travel cards and work IDs that now carry your personal information.

As the popularity of “tap and go” cards has increased, so too has the danger of Digital Pickpocketing (also known as Electronic Pickpocketing). We’ve prepared this handy guide to get you clued up on the subject, as well as providing a solution for protecting yourself from falling victim:

What is contactless card technology?

Today most new payment and access cards will contain a chip that allows the information on them to be read by simply holding them on or near a scanning device. This works via RFID technology.

What is RFID technology?

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) refers to the use of radio waves to read and capture information stored on a tag or chip that is attached to an object (such as the chip attached to your credit card). These tags can be read from up to several feet away and do not require a direct line of sight.

What are the benefits to using contactless cards?

Contactless cards allow you to pay for transactions (currently up to a max of £30 in the UK) by simply presenting your card over a reader for approximately one second, rather than the hassle of inserting your card into a machine, entering your pin and waiting for confirmation.

What are the dangers of using contactless cards?

Tech-savvy criminals have seized upon the new tap and go culture by using handheld payment terminals or mobile phone apps to ‘skim’ the card information of those around them. The criminals can use these devices to charge the maximum £30 from your card direct to their payment device straight away, or store your details for unlimited use online later on. This has become known as Digital Pickpocketing.

When am I at risk of Digital Pickpocketing?

As RFID technology works within several feet and without a clear line of sight. you could be the victim of a digital pickpocket when you are standing in a shopping queue, on public transport, in a lift, or even just walking down the street.

Is it a real danger, or just scaremongering?

Unfortunately it is the former; the subject is a growing concern with ITV recently running a special report on it’s Tonight program. The total amount lost to Digital Pickpocketing in 2014 was over £150,000, with the number of contactless cards in circulation growing all the time. Recently a research team from Which Magazine were able to purchase a £3,000 TV online using the information they had ‘skimmed’ from a payment card.

How can I protect myself?

Digital Pickpockets can be foiled by a simple innovation developed by Solon Security: the Card Defender is a handy, credit card sized sleeve that you can keep your contactless card inside. The sleeve is made of a special RFID blocking material that prevents your details being skimmed, protecting both your money and your identity from tech-savvy thieves.

For more information on the Card Defender, view our Product Focus blog HERE

Family Safety Week 2016 – Safety Starts with a Secure Home!

This week sees the return of Family Safety Week across the UK, an annual initiative run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA).

This year’s focus is on keeping children safe in the home, particularly in regard to preventing accidents and removing hazards. For more information you can visit the website here.

The first step to keeping your family safe is to ensure they live in a secure environment . With this in mind we have prepared a list of 10 Top Tips for keeping your family home safe from external threats, such as burglars and vandals, and internal risks such as accidents and house fires. Take a look below:

1) Let’s start with the basics: ensure all windows and doors are securely locked whenever they are not in use or are left unattended. Use British Standard locks for maximum protection.

2) You can add an additional layer of security to your home by installing window alarms and door handle alarms. These simple devices can help prevent forced entry and sneak-in burglaries.

3) It is important to practice good Doorstep Security to combat bogus callers and distraction burglary; install a Police Approved door chain and always ask for ID. If you’re not sure, don’t open the door!

4) Good home security extends to your garden too; ensure any sheds or outbuildings are kept securely locked and alarmed, with any tools or other equipment tidied away.

5) CCTV is one of the most effective anti-theft devices your home can have, enabling you to spot potential thieves or vandals and make it easier for Police to catch them.

6) Decoy CCTV can be equally valuable in terms of deterring burglars, particularly when the units are positioned in plain sight, and won’t break the bank! Hi-Vis warning signage is similarly effective.

7) Security lighting is a constant deterrent to thieves all year round, particularly solar powered models that are easy to install and require no maintenance.

8) Many accidents around the home can occur at night due to poor visibility. Dusk Till Dawn bulbs and Nightlights are great, cost effective and energy efficient ways to combat this risk.

9) Slips, Trips & Falls are common causes of domestic injury, particularly amongst children and the elderly. Consider safety items such as handrails, non-slip tape and covers for sharp edges.

10) Ensure your home is strong on Fire Safety; install both smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and ensure they are tested at least once a fortnight.

If you are looking to improve your home security you can view our range of quality products at www.redlinesecurity.co.uk, or call our team on 01352 736125.

Protect Against Pickpockets This Christmas!

The Christmas period is known as a time that brings festive cheer and goodwill in abundance. Unfortunately it also brings with it an escalation in crimes such as pickpocketing and bag-dipping, as opportunist thieves look to take advantage of hurried and distracted shoppers.

Such occurrences are commonly carried out in crowded places, such as busy high streets, shopping queues, or on public transport. It is important in the first instance to remain vigilant in such environments, as it is all too easy for a slight-handed criminal to subtly extract valuables from your bag or pocket.

You can further protect yourself by investing in anti-theft devices, and not all of them have to break the bank! Take for example the hugely popular Purse Dipping Bells; in terms of simple but effective products Purse Bells are number one, as well as being one of the lowest cost items on the market. They are regularly given out to residents by local Police and Community Safety teams.

Purse Bells clip easily on to pretty much any item, such as your purse, wallet or bag. Whenever the item is moved or lifted, such as by a pick-pocket chancing their luck, the bells will jingle-all-the-way and draw your attention. Attached bells can also draw your attention in the event of you dropping your purse or wallet whilst out and about.

Here are some other tips to ensure your Christmas isn’t spoiled by criminals:

– In addition to Purse Dipping Bells, consider items like Bag Alarms and Phone Cables to further boost the security of your valuables.

– When out and about try not to keep all of your valuables in one place; split up cash and cards so that if you do fall victim to a pickpocket they don’t take you for everything you have. Secret Pockets are perfect for crowded locations.

– As well as opportunistic ‘grab and go’ thefts some more strategic criminals have been known to observe people entering their PIN numbers at cash points and checkouts before following the person and stealing their card. Be sure to hide your code whenever you enter it.

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!