The Importance of a Working Fire Alarm

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The Importance of a Working Fire Alarm.

Fire alarm systems are becoming more and more advanced, however, if they are not monitored, maintained or checked regularly… then it just does not matter how advanced they are.

We rely on our fire alarms to alert us of a fire and to make us aware that we are at risk.
An effective and working fire alarm system can aid in the protection of people, properties and possessions. There are also fire alarms that will immediately alert the fire brigade if the fire alarm is triggered.

Each night you can go to bed assured that your office or home is safe and your fire alarm will let you know if there is an issue. However, if you do not maintain, monitor and check your fire alarm – how do you know it is working?
During the working day, you can partly rely on your employees to be aware of potential fire risks. If there is a fire in the workplace, they can sound the alarm, inform colleagues and help ensure everyone leaves the building safely.
However, in the event a fire takes place in the evening, during the night or over the weekend when nobody is at work – you are relying on your fire alarm system. It is so crucial that you make sure you have a working fire alarm. Having a functional fire alarm will help reduce damage to your business, but it will also help in saving lives if a fire was to occur.
Many people rely heavily on their fire alarm systems. However, they do not regularly check they have a working fire alarm.

Basically speaking a working fire alarm saves lives. The early detection of a fire could get you and your employees out of a situation that has the potential to turn into a tragedy.
If you’d like to know more about the importance of a working fire alarm or how we can help ensure you have a working fire alarm, please contact us directly; before it is too late.

Are Your Offices DDA Compliant?

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Are Your Offices DDA Compliant?

In this blog post, we would like to look at the rules and regulations of DDA compliant offices. We discuss what DDA compliance means, what DDA defines, and how to make sure that your office is DDA compliant.

What Is DDA Compliance?

The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) became law in 1995; This bill made it mandatory that all establishments and service providers, open to the public have taken reasonable steps to provide access for disabled people. This law requires that businesses also make reasonable adjustments so they can employ disabled people. It is essential that companies have looked at ways to remove physical features and barriers to help disabled people access their offices.

What are Physical Features?

A physical feature, as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act, is anything within the office that approach too, exit from or access around the building is an ‘issue’ to a disabled person. This could include things such as fixtures, fittings, furnishing, equipment and similar.

A physical feature will include things like steps and stairways, kerbs, parking areas, entrances and exits, internal and external doors, toilets and washing facilities, lifts and escalators, telephones and service desks, for example.

If a disabled person had a meeting at your office, could they gain access to your office or building? Could they leave your office or would you need to open the door for them? If you have high counters, could they see you over them? Would they be able to contact a member of staff from the toilet if there was an emergency or they had a fall?

What is a Reasonable Adjustment?

The DDA Law requires that reasonable adjustments are made, but what does this mean for your business? You need to provide ramps so a disabled person can get to different levels of your office. You also need to consider stairway lifts so a disabled person could get out of the building in case of an emergency. Doorways may need to be made wider for wheelchair access.

You will need to consider emergency assist alarms for accessible toilets and washrooms, as well as accessible toilets too.  If a toilet area contains for or more cubicles, one of these must be an accessible toilet. This means that it must have an outward opening door, have a minimum width of 1200mm, have lower washbasins and a working emergency assist alarm.

If you want to ensure that your offices are DDA compliant, then why not contact us today we are here to help.

The Important Of A Working Patient Call Bell

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The most important button in a hospital room for a patient is the patient call bell. It is essential that this button is always in working order because a patient heavily relies on it. Patients trust that the alarm works, and they will use it in case of an emergency. If the patient call bell isn’t working, then this could be a massive risk to the health, wellbeing and life of the patient.

Nobody likes going to the hospital. Being a patient in a hospital is a very daunting experience. Nobody wants to spend longer in the hospital than they must because we love being in the comfort of our own homes. Many of us don’t enjoy being waited on by nurses and often feel like an extra hassle to nurses that are already very busy.

A working patient call bell is often needed for patients that need the toilet but are unable to get out of bed themselves. These patients will press the patient call bell, it will notify a nurse, and they will be able to use the toilet with the help of the nurse.

However, many patients don’t see their need for the toilet as urgent. They will look out for a passing nurse instead of using the patient call bell. At the last minute, they will press the patient call bell. The issue then comes if the patient call bell is not working. The nurse is unaware that the patient needs their assistance. A patient could have had an accident in their bed, and they are feeling embarrassed and vulnerable. Alternatively, it can lead to the patient trying to get out of bed themselves and going to the toilet without the help of a nurse, resulting in falls that can have severe impacts on the health of the patient.

Patients falling may be more likely in older patients, but anyone unwell or injured is just as likely to have a fall. For example, some medication or surgery procedures can lead to feeling drowsy. A fall could lead to broken bones and a more extended stay in hospital.

It has been reported 40% of falls in hospital happen because patients attempt to go to the toilet unassisted. In some cases, this will be because the patient call button is not in good working order, and the patient felt they had to go to the toilet themselves.

Having a maintained nurse call system is vital to ensuring a safe stay in the hospital and can save lives.

When was the last time that you checked your patient call buttons are working?

The Difference Between Door Entry and Access Control Systems and the Benefits for Both.

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Door entry systems or Access control systems provide access to restricted areas and help to enhance security within premises. Protecting your property can sometimes require more than just a simple lock. Controlling access to any building is essential. A proper door entry system will ensure that the entry lock will only release to authorised people.

Door entry systems are more popular than ever and a very secure way of providing safe and secure access to your communal buildings, replacing the traditional key access. A door entry system can be a critical component of your business. It serves as a doorbell and intercom system giving you control over who enters your workplace or property; at the same time, it acts as a security system for controlling staff access throughout the building.

There are many different types of door entry systems using different methods to access the building, such as proximity card and fob control, keypad entry systems using PINS or numeric codes, and card swipe systems.

There are many benefits associated with a professional installing a keyless door entry system. As advancements in technology improve the sophistication of the access control improves, At the same time, the costs of purchase and installation are falling, making keyless door entry an ever more affordable and cost-effective way to protect your business or home.

From our experience at Woodhill Security, access control systems are the most commonly used to control entry into exterior doors of buildings; they may also be used to control access into certain areas located within the interior of buildings. This can be achieved easily by utilising the Central Control by PC.

Access control systems are used on properties of all types, from large commercial premises to homes and small offices around the world. These systems provide an extra level of security for your property, making it more difficult for unauthorised persons to gain access.

They can take many forms, from intercom systems to keypad locks and fingerprint scanners in some cases; it’s important they are always functioning properly. At Woodhill Security we believe in fitting only the best equipment, that’s why our preferred manufacturer is Paxton Access — chosen for its innovative design, reliability, versatility and ease of use to the customer.

The Difference between Analogue and IP Cameras and What Benefits can you Expect

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CCTV provides a whole range of benefits to those who use it. Firstly, and most obviously, CCTV systems deter crime. If a burglar spots a CCTV camera, then the chances of them committing the crime will decrease. CCTV protects your home and business 24/7, 365 days a year. Giving you peace of mind and video evidence in the event an incident happened at your home or business.

If you are thinking about installing a new CCTV system, then you may need to decide between an IP or analogue video format. In this blog, we will help explain the differences between the two systems.

Analogue cameras

These types of systems transfer video signals in an analogue form, usually using coaxial for the cabling, the video will then be recorded on to a DVR/ Digital Video Recorder, every single camera is directly connected to the DVR unit.

IP video cameras

These types of systems broadcast their video as a digital stream; this is over a network unlike an analogue system, the video will then be recorded onto the hard drives, but because the video is an IP stream straight from the security camera, there is much more flexibility as to how and where that video is recorded. The DVR is replaced with an NVR/ Network video recorder, which in some instances is just software based since it doesn’t need to convert analogue to digital.

So what are the benefits? What can you expect when using IP Cameras over Analogue CCTV?

Unlike a few years ago, where cameras have poor video resolution, now we full 4K HD IP cameras that totally outmatch any analogue camera solution. The higher pixel resolution of the IP cameras means you can zoom into the video itself, it will then reveal much more detail of a particular scene/event or even a persons face, even after it has been recorded without losing any clarity of the video.

All analogue video cameras use the NTSC analogue video standard, which was created in the late 1950s. No matter what manufacturers claim, the image quality is being transmitted and recorded using this standard. Many find it hard to believe, but a simple IP video security systems are very cost effective to install and easy to operate.

Today, most IP cameras are plug in and go, In the same way, your computer’s webcams will.

The amount of cabling needed is reduced too, IP cameras use a single cable that can be used for everything, Using Power over Ethernet, PoE,, IP security cameras can be powered through the same cable that transmits the video signal and any PTZ commands, Pan, Tilt, Zoom.

Whereas an analogue security camera, have a single cable that can only transmit its video signal, these types of cameras also require a separate 12v power supply installed ideally local to the camera using a different cable, and if you want added functionality such as PTZ controls for the camera, you’ll need another additional cable for that.

This blog is written to inform and not confuse if you are thinking about having a CCTV system installed at your home or place of work, and you have any questions? Why not give us a call or contact us through our contact form for some Free advise, here at Woodhill Security Ltd, we can find a solution for all your security needs.


Fire Alarms

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You never really get over the devastation of a fire, and the damage it can cause in your home or business.
The consequences can be devasting on your personal belongings, financial situation and most importantly the loss of life.
Whatever the size of your property, large or small, Commercial or Industrial Whether you need a network or standalone system, here at Woodhill Security Ltd we have the expertise to design and install, and take care of all your requirements.
We offer a wide range of systems from conventional to analogue addressable network systems from small to large, a single site or even multiple sites. We have the expertise to design and install Fire Alarm system that will suit your budget and needs.

Conventional fire alarm systems have been around for many years; they come in a variety of forms. Their design and reliability have improved no end as technology moves forward. Conventional fire alarm systems when activated will notify you of the loop of the device but no other information, a led on the activated device will denote the caused problem. A traditional fire alarm system can be the perfect choice for a smaller home or business where a small budget exists.

Analogue Addressable Fire Alarm Systems are the perfect choice for Commercial, Industrial premises with multiple rooms and floors where a more complex system is needed, they are different from the more conventional systems and offer more flexibility, intelligence from speed of identification by pin pointing the cause of activation by room, area and floor of the property.

One of our most popular systems the radio-based wire-free system has some unique features and are an ideal alternative to the wired system.
Here at Woodhill Security Ltd, we pride ourselves in giving you the best design and installation to suit your home and businesses needs. All designs, installation and commissioning are to the current standards BS539. We will leave you with complete peace of mind.

Security Tips For Your Apartment or Flat

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The property market is always evolving, tastes change. Flats are growing in popularity. But while enjoying the benefits of an apartment, there are undoubtedly plenty of challenges to overcome when thinking about security.

The biggest concern when thinking about security is the communal entrances and exterior spaces. They offer opportunities to any burglar looking for an easy target. Making a few simple security measures could make your home and belongings up to five times less likely to be burgled, these are the official police figures (ref / ( we will make this a link)

Communal Worries 
The responsibility of the maintenance for the communal area is always down to the landlord but they are not solely responsible, everyone needs to work together. Report any issues as soon as you become aware and never assume someone else will report it. From broken lights to door mechanisms it all needs reporting. Shrubs and plants should be cut back to keep the entrance clear and out of the way of any CCTV that is in operation.

Communal entrances offer an easy access point to anyone looking for easy pickings. Top tips to always remember: –
1. Don’t let strangers follow you in.
2. Make sure you always close communal doors when entering and exiting.
3. Never buzz anyone in you don’t know.

Doors and Window Security
Living on the 19th floor you may think your safe from intruders. But a high number of burglars force a door to gain access. Think about upgrading your door, deadbolt locks are perfect for this.

Ground floor or basement flats are at high risk of burglaries.

These homes far more likely to suffer the effects of a burglary. Think about adding: –

1. A peephole to your front door
2. Add extra locks to doors and windows
3. Having a smart doorbell is a great way to monitor callers from your smartphone even when you’re not home.
4. Sliding Balcony’s or patio doors are known for being weak arm them with a secondary lock.
5. Be safe even when your home! burglaries do take place even when your home. Be careful when leaving doors and windows open.

Be a step ahead of the burglars

As with all Burglars, they are always on the lookout for an easy job if there’s a simpler opportunity nearby they will move on. Burglars see flats as an easy target as most are not alarmed and without CCTV cameras.

Investing in an alarm system and CCTV could be just the deterrent to make a burglar think twice. Wireless alarms systems and CCTV are highly effective and very easy to install. If you rent your apartment contact your landlord for advice on installing these systems.

PIR or Passive Infrared Sensor

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Passive Infrared Sensor commonly known as PIR Sensor is a motion sensor that detects infrared light. Motion sensors are used to detect body movements inside or outside buildings or properties.
Once the sensor detects movement, it sends out a signal to a control panel which further triggers the alert this could be a light or alarm system. PIR sensors are one way to help protect your home from an intruder, but to get the most from the sensors you need to think carefully about where they are installed. Here are some ideas on placing your PIR sensors for maximum effect.
Placing your PIR sensor in the corner of your room with a view of each entry point is the most effective placements for it.If you place it in the corner of a room at the manufacturers recommend height your area will have the maximum coverage,

Place the PIR in a spot where an intruder would have to walk by to get to to other rooms. Find the appropriate walls that an intruder would walk parallel to in your home. Intruders are there for your valuable goods, set the sensors either facing the equipment itself or behind it and over windows and external doors When the intruder moves the objects, the sensor will notice the movement and trigger an alarm. Looking outside your property, your driveway and garden areas are a must, Your external PIR will pick up when someone steps onto your property alerting you of an intruder.
PIR’s can offer many solutions to your security needs. Here at Woodhill Security we can advise and offer you the latest and very best product to protect your home and properties.

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Medical Emergency Button

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The new Hold-Up/Medical button has a variety of functions from being the first point of call in a medical emergency to alerting people of an individual posing a threat to you or your family in your own home.

All notifications can be sent to an unlimited number of smartphones as part of your home control+ plan.

Contact us for more information.