STEPS TO SAFETY.. KNOW HOW.
However, with such work comes certain hazards, such as vicious dogs and angry customers.
So, to help those who pound the streets to make a living, we've joined forces with E.ON UK, owner of Powergen, to offer tips on staying safe:
1 LOOK out for signs of dogs or potentially dangerous clutter. And never put your fingers through a letter-box - there may be teeth the other side!
2 HAVE a system to list any houses you suspect may contain a dangerous dog, as a warning to others in your organisation.
3 WEAR anti-slip shoes and other special work clothes to help prevent accidents.
4 ENSURE someone knows where you are and how you can be contacted. Record where you are going and tell colleagues when you are expected back.
5 MAKE sure your mobile phone is fully charged and pre-programme a number or text that can be used in an emergency.
6 TO be even safer carry a personal attack alarm.
7 WHEN parking, always reverse into the space - this will ensure you can get away quickly, if required.
8 PARK in well-lit areas and check the back seat before you get into your car. If you're followed, make your way to a public place or seek help from a neighbouring property.
9 WHEN walking on main roads, ensure you are clearly visible - use fluorescent materials.
10 AND finally, remember, if you think a house appears too hazardous - don't go in.
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Mar 30, 2006|
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