Health & Safety

How the Great British Bake Off Threatens Kitchens

Although the Great British Bake Off recently wrapped up its eighth series, it’s still inspiring people to try their hands at delicious baked goods. However, along with the influx of people in the kitchen has come a swift increase in the number of fires. In fact, there has been a 114 per cent increase in claims for cooking-related fires while the Great British Bake Off airs, according to industry research. (more…)

5 Halloween Safety Tips

While spooky ghouls and creepy ghosts scare the kids, more serious health risks and crime rates worry adults at Halloween.

Whether you’re trick or treating with the kids, attending a bonfire or staying firmly indoors, your home, family and business are all exposed to some seriously scary risks during Halloween.

Some local police services report antisocial crime rates increasing by over 50% at this time of year, with criminal damage arrests doubling at Halloween.

While spooky ghouls and creepy ghosts scare youngsters, adults should watch out for these 5 dangers to stay safe this October…

Flammable costumes
Children’s fancy dress costumes are treated as toys under current safety standards. During testing, outfits are set alight in controlled conditions. The flame must not spread faster than 3cm per second.

Anything with a burning rate between 1cm and 3cm per second must carry a label saying: ‘Warning! Keep away from fire.’ Those that pass can carry a CE safety
marking, although there is growing concern that these can be easily faked.

Try to find costumes from reputable sources which have passed fire safety testing, or
make your own outfits from natural fibres. Always keep children away from naked
flames.

Watch out for kids
Bear in mind that children will be out and about at night, trick or treating. Drive slowly and carefully, especially in residential areas, and be aware that children are likely to dart into the road or act unpredictably.

If you are chaperoning a group around town, decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers, and have children carry torches or glowsticks for extra
visibility.

Fireworks at home
You may be celebrating with some sparklers or fireworks at home. Never keep fireworks in the house, instead store in a secure garage or garden. Do not light
fireworks inside the home, and never attach them to sheds or outbuildings. While fire is a standard home insurance risk, your policy wording will tell you
whether your garden and its contents would be covered if they were damaged by rogue fireworks.

Anti-social behaviour
Increasingly associated with the Halloween and Bonfire Night period, many communities increase a rise in vandalism, property damage and anti-social
behaviours.

Ensure your home or business premises are made secure, locking doors and windows and protecting. Stay vigilant to dangerous behaviour, reporting suspicious
activity to the police.

Opportunist thieves
Using the cover of darkness, the noise of fireworks and the high chance you’ll be out at a party to commit crime, burglaries can spike without adequate protection and forward planning.

Deter opportunist thieves from your business by closely following closedown procedures, storing combustible materials safely away from buildings and clearing
away outside rubbish.

At home, make sure it looks like someone is home even when you aren’t by leaving lights and a radio on. Security lights and audible alarms can also deter thieves.

If the worst should happen, you may need to call on your home or business insurance. Check your policy wording beforehand to make sure you’ve complied with
all the small print.

How Instagram Could Be Damaging Your Mental Health

Instagram is the worst social media app for young people’s mental health, according to a survey where participants were asked to rate different social media sites for their impact on personal health and well-being.

On Instagram, youths may compare themselves to friends by looking at photos of a certain body image or social life.

In fact, the Royal Society for Public Health says that social media sites, such as Instagram, may be the reason for a higher prevalence of mental health issues in today’s youth. Luckily, there are several ways to minimise mental health problems caused by social media: (more…)

Winter Worker Safety Tips

Winter weather can create various hazards that include slippery surfaces and roads, strong winds and frigid temperatures. These conditions can promote an increase in workplace accidents that include hypothermia, frostbite and falls. However, many of those injuries can be prevented with the right preparation and presence of mind.

Prevention techniques are most effective when everyone in the organisation makes safety a priority. The following measures can help keep you safe at work during the winter months: (more…)

Beyond The Basics: Pokémon Go

Always Be Aware of Your Surroundings to Stay Safe

Pokémon Go—a location-based, free-to-play game for iOS and Android smartphones—has been encouraging players to get outside and walk around. However, players should be fully aware of how the game works in order to ensure that they remain safe at all times.

Pokémon Go uses a smartphone’s SAT NAV and gyroscope sensors to determine a player’s location. The game then uses that information to display Pokémon near the player, through the phone’s camera. The game also marks popular locations, such as parks, memorials and other frequently visited areas, as places where players can compete with each other and gather free in-game items.

The game has proven to be extremely popular with a variety of age groups, with more than 7.5 million downloads in its first week of availability. However, its focus on travelling to new locations and the constant need to look down at a phone to play presents a variety of risks to players. (more…)

Travelling To Unsafe Countries

Going away this year? There’s sometimes more to a holiday than meets the eye. With Airbnb now offering Travellers budget accommodation in the Taliban hotbed of Quetta, we thought it would be worth giving you some peace of mind if you would be brave enough to stay here. The Pakistani city has been plagued by armed conflict, terror attacks and targeted killings despite efforts to improve security in recent years. However guests can pay £11 per person, per night for a room in a ‘secure’, guarded location at a gated housing complex.

This is why we’ve put together some tips to bear in mind before travelling; (more…)

Prevention In The Kitchen

Scald burns, caused by hot liquid or steam, are one of the most common causes of injury in restaurants. A scald burn can be a serious, life-altering injury, causing intense pain, scarring and time away from work. While hot oil heats to higher temperatures and causes more severe injuries, scalds from water are also very frequent in the restaurant industry and can cause third-degree burns almost instantaneously if the water is boiling or simmering. Working with or around hot liquids and steam in a restaurant puts you at risk. (more…)