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Win a Supra C500 Outdoor Key Safe | H is for Home

What do you do if you need to let someone into your home when you’re not there? Or how about going off to work and leaving your car at home to be collected by the garage for repairs. Where do you leave the key? Under the door mat? In a plant pot outside your front door? Under the tyre? It’s not the smartest solution, but so many people do just that!

With an outdoor key safe you can put your mind at ease knowing that your keys are completely secure and will only be accessible to the right people.

For this month’s give-away, we’ve teamed up with The Key Safe Company to offer one of our readers a Supra C500 Outdoor Key Safe worth £59.94. The key safe works by setting a secret code number (there are 4,000 different combinations – so it shouldn’t be easy to guess). Punching the correct number and turning the lever opens the safe where you can store up to 6 keys (depending on size & type). You can change the code as often and as many times as you like for added security.

Supra C500 Outdoor Key Safe

To be in with a chance of winning, comment below saying how an outdoor key safe would be useful to you. For example, I regularly get locked out of the house if I take the dog for a walk and forget to take my key and Justin goes out in the meantime. Problem solved if we kept a spare key in a key safe!

Supra C500 Outdoor Key Safe




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Panasonic Smart Home starter kit

There was an interesting little something amongst the bills and junk mail this week. We took possession of this Panasonic Smart Home starter kit on Saturday. It’s a home monitoring and security system that lets you keep an eye on your home (and pets!) whilst you’re out.

Boxed Panasonic Smart Home box

The starter kit comprises a smart hub, indoor camera, two door/window sensors and a smart plug which allows you to switch on lights, radio etc from a remote location.  There are other components you can buy to extend the system including motion sensor, outdoor camera, siren and, soon to hit the market, a water leak sensor – something we’ll be investing in considering our history!

un-boxed Panasonic Smart Home box

Before attempting to set the system up, we watched the 5-minute video tutorial which made the process look very simple.

un-boxed Panasonic Smart Home hub un-boxed Panasonic Smart Home hub

Sure enough, five minutes was about right for me to download the app to my iPhone and link it to the house wi-fi network.

un-boxed Panasonic Smart Home hub

Within another five minutes, the hub and the camera were set up and ‘talking’ to each other.

un-boxed Panasonic Smart Home camera

In the case of the door sensors, all that was needed was to insert the batteries, attach the double-sided sticky tape, line up & attach the two parts of the sensor – one on the door and one on the door frame, press a button… and that was it – another five minutes per door!

un-boxed Panasonic Smart Home door alarm

We positioned the camera so that we could see into the sitting room, the kitchen and up the stairs to the rest of the house. For such a small, unobtrusive unit it gives a surprisingly wide-angled view and high-definition live video footage. It even allows you to take still images (see my example below) which you can save to your smart phone/tablet and share via text message or email.

un-boxed Panasonic Smart Home camera still

Our dog Fudge normally sleeps on that leather sofa to the right when were out (well, that’s where we usually find him on our return anyway). Evidence suggests that he gets up to naughtiness too – like jumping up at the cooker & work surfaces to the left. Soon we’ll have photographic evidence and he’ll be put forward for a doggy criminal trial!

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