Clocks Go Back; Burglars Attack!

As November approaches and the clocks go back this Sunday, Bennett Christmas are calling on all homeowners not to get caught out at this vulnerable time of year.

Here we give you some top tips for ways to make your home more robust and things to Remember, Remember on Bonfire Night.

Six Tips to protect your home

  1. Put the car in the garage or on a safe driveway overnight
  2. Hide away any expensive garden ornaments, plants or bikes that are at the front of the house and move them out of sight
  3. If you don’t feel comfortable answering the door on Halloween trick or treaters, then DON’T!
  4. Leaving a light on or the TV on gives the feel that someone is very much at home all the time
  5. Ensure sheds, garages and other out-buildings have robust locks
  6. If you’re hosting a firework display in your garden this year, then it is wise to make sure all doors and windows at the front of the house are shut and locked.

Remember, Remember…:

When using fireworks, always plan carefully in advance and follow all safety procedures. Here are some suggestions to ensure safety and avoid accidents:

  • Use fireworks outdoors only, and make sure the site is large enough for the display. Check for overhead lines that may be near the site.
  • Check weather reports both before and on the day of the event.
  • Keep spectators a safe distance away, preferably with barriers, out of the zone where the fireworks will fall.
  • Only allow the display operator or firing team into the firing zone and the safety zone around it.
  • Do not use fireworks if under the influence of drink.
  • Aim fireworks away from people, homes, trees, etc.
  • Never try to relight a firework that didn’t go off.
  • Plan for what to do if things go wrong. Make sure someone will be responsible for calling emergency services.
  • Prohibit spectators from bringing their own fireworks, including sparklers.

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