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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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The importance of wearing a hard hat

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Every now and again, we get involved in DIY. Nothing heavy you understand. Perhaps a friend needs a hand repainting a room, changing their kitchen doors or demolishing a wall.

Our work also takes us to homes that are being refurbished and it’s clear that some people are far more skilled and adventurous than us. People will turn their hands to all kinds of things as a way to turn a shell into a home.

A lack of money is driving more people to do things themselves. Often they will sell or donate their old furniture to us as a way to raise funds or simply to make space for new furniture.

For the most part, things turn out well for these people. It’s amazing to see what people manage to do when they decide to learn new skills and carry out all kinds of home improvements themselves.

Sadly, every once in a while, things go array and unfortunately accidents happen. One such accident is prompting me to write this post. A friend of ours was knocked out when he was hit with the end of a scaffolding pole. It wasn’t a hard blow, no bones broken just a nasty bruise and a bit of a bump, but he still ended up in A&E being checked for concussion.

When I heard about the accident, it struck me that it wouldn’t have been serious if my friend had been wearing a hard hat. Of course, the accident could still have happened, but the consequences would not have been so serious. A hard hat would have absorbed more of the blow and potentially my friend would not have been knocked out and have needed to attend the hospital.

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Use the right safety equipment

When we work on a project or piece of furniture, we’re usually quite careful. We use gloves, safety glasses and wear a mask when sanding down furniture.

Over the years, the cost of safety equipment has fallen and these days, sites like Safetystock.co.uk sell to the public as well as professionals. On sites like this, it’s possible to buy industrial-quality safety equipment for a low price.

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Keeping yourself safe while doing DIY

Staying safe while carrying out DIY is very much a matter of common sense, you just need to stop and think. It’s very important not to work with power tools when you’re tired, on medication, or after a night out when you’ve been drinking. Remember, it only takes a moment of inattention for an accident to occur and for someone to get seriously hurt.

It makes sense to wear gloves and safety glasses when using power tools. If you’re working in a confined space or somewhere where there are loose fixtures and fittings that could fall on your head, you need to wear a hard hat or helmet. Remember to protect your feet too. Wearing safety shoes is a wise precaution.

Next time you set out to do a DIY job in your home, stop and think about safety and take the necessary steps to keep you and your family safe.

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