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Woodhill Security Still Supporting Our Customers

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In line with Government advice, We remain open supporting emergencies for all our existing and new customers as usual.

When we are onsite, we are taking extra measures; this allows us to comply with the social distancing rules; these measures help to protect our customers and our engineers. Things are changing daily, so with any significant announcements from the government, this will be reviewed from week to week. 

 

Take care and look after each other and your neighbours, If you need help and advice we are only a call away.

 

Remember Stay At Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives.

 

Regards 

Darren Cornhill

Director

Woodhill Security Limited

Moved to a New House Does The New Property Have Security, The Codes Will need To Be Changed?

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Moved to a New House Does The New Property Have Security, The Codes Will need To Be Changed?

Moving home is a very exciting but stressful time in everyone’s life. No matter how much planning, something will always come up and create additional stress. You may have forgotten to tell Aunt Mavis you were moving house, maybe you have not paid the last bill for the window cleaner, or you can’t remember which box the kettle is in so you can have a much-needed cup of tea.

These may seem like little things, but they can cause lots of stress and upset when you are in the process of moving house!

You may feel some peace of mind that your new home has excellent home security. Maybe you have CCTV cameras, an intruder alarm or even a secure coded gate to enter your property?

But who else has these codes to your property?

The people that used to own your home will have these codes to your security gate. They will have the system codes to view your CCTV security. They may also still have the keys to your home, and of course, they have the intruder alarm code too.

Even the people that lived in the home before may have installed the security gates and other home security system. They could also have the codes to all the equipment and alarms that are keeping your home safe and secure. Or perhaps even the people that lived before them had the security equipment installed, and it’s not been changed since then?

How about the estate agent? They will have needed codes to enter the home when it was for sale, and they were showing potential buyers around your new home. How many agents have the system codes to your home security, and how were these codes stored?

Maybe the past homeowners had a cleaner or someone that came to walk their dog? Perhaps a neighbour watered the plants when they were on holiday? Now that’s potentially allotted of individuals you don’t know that could have access to your home.

Moving into a new home with excellent home security is great, but you do need to get those codes changed – for your own security!

 

If you would like to know more or need some more advice give us a call.

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.