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Security hacks: How To Fully Secure Your Home

Taking your home security seriously will deter burglars from entering your home, as the majority of thefts happen due to pure opportunity. Burglars will target your home if you neglect to take basic security measures, so ensuring you take these 5 steps, you’ll be sure to protect your home from theft.  Locking your doors and windows This one may seem obvious, but a reported 30% of burglars enter the home through an open door or window and around 34% of burglars enter through the front door (whether this door is open or they pick the lock). It is absolutely vital that…

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Common Office Fire Starting Scenarios and How to Prevent Them

Offices fires can occur at any time, even with all of the appropriate safety checks and precautions in place. Office fires will have the potential to harm staff, destroy documents and equipment, or even harm neighbouring offices or buildings. So here at DPL Fire and Security, we’ll be outlining the most likely places and causes for your office fire to occur and how you can minimise the risks. In the Kitchen A large number of offices have a kitchen available. Employees will most likely utilise this space more than others, and so it’s important the kitchen is kept safe and secure….

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Fire Safety Tips in the Workplace

A workplace fire would be catastrophic for any company. As of 2017, according to government statistics, approximately 25,000 fires occur in England and Wales each year. Often, businesses don’t recover from a fire, so it’s important that the correct measurements are in place to help prevent them. Install fire detection systems It a legal requirement for any business operating in the UK to install fire detection and alarm systems. Some are set off automatically and others may need to be manually operated. If the latter is the case, ensure your employees know how to use it. All alarm and detection systems…

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What Is A Fire Risk Assessment?

Fire risk assessments are fundamental to ensuring the safety of your employees in the workplace. They aim to identify what the responsible person must do in order to prevent a fire, therefore, keeping everyone safe from harm. What is a fire risk assessment? The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires a responsible person (RP) to carry out fire risk assessments in any non-domestic premises. Any potential risk must be identified, including ones with the potential to start a fire, how likely that would be and the consequences should one occur. Measures must then be taken to reduce or eliminate the…

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How To Buy A Fire Alarm

Fire alarms are fundamental to guaranteeing our safety, many lives could be saved and significant damage could be prevented as a result of their installation and subsequent maintenance. Here, we’ve presented you with the different systems you can buy, along with some cost and alarm maintenance advice. Types of Fire Alarms Analogue Fire Alarms This fire alarm system is best suited to large buildings. The analogue control panels have the ability to send and receive signals to and from connected devices. In turn, health reports can be gathered and any system faults can be flagged, ensuring maximum safety. If the alarm…

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Do I Need a Home Security System?

The era of technological, camera and sensory advancements has, perhaps inevitably, prompted an abundance of home security systems to hit the market. Many of these systems are touted as must-haves, but how important is a home security system really? This article is going to explore this question; we’re going to discuss whether the benefits of home security systems outweigh the costs, and what types of system are currently available. Is it worth it? If we’re discussing bang for your buck, this can be a tricky question to answer. There’s a huge variety of security systems on the market — from small DIY…

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Does my fire alarm expire?

Though every house is legally obligated to contain a fire alarm, many people sleep in their beds blissfully unaware that their fire alarm is past its expiration date — leaving their home and their families at a considerably higher fire risk. In fact, fire alarms need to be replaced at least every ten years, starting from the manufacturer date. This article is going to explain the reason for this and how you can check when your fire alarm needs to be replaced. Why do fire alarms have a ten year expiration date? It’s first important to explain that fire alarms have…

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The Future of CCTV

CCTV was first used in WWII; a camera was created inside of a box to monitor the launch of the Germans’ V2 rocket. It’s been over 75 years since this conception, and while the use has certainly changed, with CCTV now used almost exclusively to detect criminal activity both domestically and commercially, little has changed of its capabilities. However, technology continues to become more and more advanced and shows no sign of stopping. The internet of things — a heightened intelligence and interconnectedness between all technological devices — is already emerging and looks set to cement itself as a standard for…

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5 Tips to Securing Your Home During the Festive Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — for most. Unfortunately for some, Christmas time attracts many opportunistic criminals, taking advantage of the many inviting features that the holiday season brings. Luckily, by following our top five tips, you can have yourself a very merry Christmas: Make sure neither your presents nor the christmas tree is visible from outside your home. Criminals are opportunistic; they like to enter and exit the house as quickly as possible. Showing your tree from the outside may as well be a sign post to where a lot of your valuable items are situated. Potential criminals…

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Laws Around Home CCTV

The technological advancements of security cameras combined with the decrease in application costs has seen a sudden rise in domestic CCTV use across the country. Some CCTV cameras act simply as a deterrent and may be very limited in functionality, if functional at all. On the other hand, many CCTV cameras are full of features, with some being inconspicuously small, and many others using a mobile app to give you security coverage on your phone. In response to CCTV becoming more commonplace, the team at DPL have put together this article, answering questions and helping you to understand the laws around…

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