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23 July 2014
 July 23, 2014
London Fire Brigade

Avoid ‘Potty’ Incidents Warning from London Fire Brigade

Fire chiefs have revealed the Brigade’s most unusual child rescues to encourage parents to keep an eye on their kids during the summer holidays.

The warning comes as last week, firefighters were called to rescue a child in Bromley with its head stuck in a potty.

The Brigade has spent nearly £240,000* in the last five years rescuing children who accidentally get locked in rooms or get themselves trapped in things.  Examples include  being stuck up a tree, wedged in a statue and trapped under a slide. There were 1,508 incidents involving  young  people getting stuck on or in things during 2013/14, and 8,189 incidents over the last five years.  That’s around five call-outs a day.

In the last five years the Brigade’s crews have been called out to rescue:

A child with its head stuck in a potty in Dulwich last week (July  2014)
A child with

17 July 2014
 July 17, 2014
Drinking in heat

12 Tips for Staying Cool Whilst Working in Hot Weather

As we’re well and truly in the summer months with temperatures this week exceeding 30 degrees Celsius, working in hot, humid conditions are a common fact of life for many people.

Industries such as construction, utilities and agriculture regularly expose workers to hot weather. Couple this with the fact that many of these workers, some of whom work alone, must wear heavy protective apparel on the job, heat-related illnesses are a real threat to their safety and wellbeing.

When working alone outdoors in hot conditions, access to clean drinking water is a serious issue – one that affects health and productivity. Without easy access to fluids, workers can become dehydrated, which is a prime cause of heat illness.

Excessive exposure to a hot work environment can bring about a variety of heat-induced problems. In fact, after just two hours of moderate work, workers may begin to feel the initial stages of heat stress. At its

3 July 2014
 July 3, 2014
Waterproof accessory launched for MySOS alarms


Skyguard have introduced a brand new accessory designed to keep the MySOS personal safety device waterproof. The watertight pouch allows the MySOS to remain fully functional even if fully immersed in water for at least 30 minutes at a depth of 10 metres (pressure tested to the international standard IEC 60529). As the MySOS is so lightweight it will actually float in water, allowing the user to easily raise the alarm. The pouch also provides complete protection from dust, dirt and sand, making it ideal for outdoors use.

What’s more, the pouch will also accommodate most smartphones, allowing you to use your ‘Skyguard for Smartphone’ application in wet conditions. With the pouch, you can raise the alarm anytime, anywhere. If you work in an environment where water is a hazard, the pouch, combined with Skyguard’s alarms or smartphone apps may prove to be a lifesaver.

The pouch is available direct from Skyguard at a one-off cost of £15 (plus postage and handling). To order, call our

10 June 2014
 June 10, 2014
Domestic violence poster

Fear in Rise of Domestic Violence During World Cup

This week, the Home Office launches a domestic violence awareness campaign to coincide with the 2014 World Cup.

From early June to mid-July 2014, a poster and online advertising campaign will be used to communicate important messages about the consequences of domestic violence to men aged 18 to 35.

All advertising will direct men to the Respect website and phone helpline for advice and support (0808 802 4040).

Posters will be displayed in male toilets in England and online adverts will be shown around football content during the World Cup 2014 competition.

During the last World Cup, reports to police from women who had been victims of domestic violence by their male partners rose by up to 30 per cent, according to Women’s Aid.

The Home Office’s campaign is just one of many awareness campaigns to be promoted during

28 May 2014
 May 28, 2014
Skyguard's Personal Safety Service on Smartphone


Skyguard will be launching an iPhone version of their ‘Skyguard for Smartphone’ software at this year’s Safety and Health Expo, held at ExCeL London between 17 – 19th June.

The app which converts an iPhone into a fully functional personal safety device, is an expansion of Skyguard’s range which already includes software for Android, Blackberry, Symbian and Windows Mobile handsets, as well as dedicated devices.

Once installed through a simple download process, Skyguard’s software enables the user to raise an alarm in any emergency situation, by simply shaking the device for a few seconds, or pressing an on-screen button. Trained Controllers at Skyguard’s 24/7 Incident Management Centre (IMC) will be able to view the user’s GPS location and registered profile information, silently listen-in, and talk to the user if it’s safe to do so. Controllers will follow the user’s personalised emergency procedures which could include escalating to the Emergency services, Skyguard’s National Response

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