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How Secure is Your Temporary Security Fence?

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Temporary FenceYou need a secure temporary fence, whether you’re planning to enclose a small construction site or a concert venue, or anything else that needs fencing in. Whilst there are many companies that provide short-term fence hire, it won’t hurt to look for the one that can supply you with the most secure fences.

Here are the questions you should ask before hiring a temporary security fence:

  1. How high is the fence?

The higher the fence is the harder for intruders to climb. Though it seems common sense, many people don’t bother to get the higher fences. Typically, fencing comes in six and eight-foot heights. It is a smarter move to hire the 8-foot fences, and because of their height, they also serve as a psychological deterrent.

  1. How small is the mesh?

With a smaller mesh on the fence, trespassers will have a hard time cutting it or climbing on it. Usually, fences have a 2-inch mesh but you’d be better off with those that have a 1-inch or less mesh, according to Superfence and other temporary fence hire companies in Auckland.

  1. How is the fencing secured to the ground?

Ideally, the temporary fence should be set securely in a concrete footing. But if the company provides other secure methods such as placing support poles into the ground, using anchored base plates, or setting precast concrete blocks, you can expect a well-secured fence.

  1. How high is the fence above grade?

It is essential that the bottom of the fence touches the ground so no one can crawl beneath it. But if this is not possible, you can go for a fence with less than two inches above grade.

Once a provider answers all these questions positively, it means you found the most secured temporary fence. Just remember to monitor the fence during the rental period, so you’ll maintain the security needed in your site. 


New Zealand Earthquakes: The Do’s and Don’ts if they Strike

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Earthquake Strike in Wellington A 7.1 magnitude earthquake recently hit the east coast of New Zealand generating small tsunamis. There were aftershocks, with the latest at 5.1 magnitude, hitting central regions, such as Wellington and Auckland. But there were no reports of significant damage or injury as the impact was minimal.

The government is funding research and developments to improve the country’s earthquake and tsunami preparedness. In your own home, how aware are you of the “do’s and Don’ts” before, during and after an earthquake?

Before the earthquake

Do: Learn and share safety plans and evacuation strategies. Participate in government-sponsored disaster drills and in your local community. Organise disaster supplies, such as food, water, emergency equipment and a first aid kit.

Don’t: Avoid hanging or placing heavy objects on shelves and walls. Do not neglect important documents and keep them in a safe storage. Do not disregard infrastructure problems and have it checked or audited regularly.

During the earthquake

Do: “Drop, cover and hold.” If inside the house or building, go under strong furniture like a table or bed. And if outside, go to an open area or a clear spot, then stay there until the shaking stops. If in a mountainous area, be alert of falling debris or landslides.

Don’t: Do not go near mirrors, windows or hanging objects. Avoid getting close to buildings, power lines, trees and bridges. If situated in an upper storey of the building, do not use the lift to go down, but rather use the stairs.

After the earthquake

Do: Prepare for aftershocks and potential tsunamis. Check yourself for injuries and attend to the other injured as well. Get the latest news from the radio or use mobile phones to check for online updates. Examine the home or building for damages; if you see sparks or frayed wires, turn off the main fuse box and call 24-hour available electricians to fix them.

Don’t: If there is a gas leak, do not use any electrical appliances. Do not go near broken gas lines or fallen power lines.

Swarm of quakes

Earthquakes are a usual occurrence in New Zealand, since it is on the boundary of the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates, which form the part of the “Ring of Fire”. As a matter of fact, the country experiences 15,000 tremors a year.

This initiated the government to continue improving and developing facilities to predict the areas that would be prone to quakes and tsunamis. Currently, they have invested $6.5 million in scientific research to learn more about NZ’s largest source of geohazard, the Hikurangi tectonic plate.

Information and vigilance are the most important gear to have when disaster strikes. Whether the occurrence is normal or not, one must always exercise precaution.


24-Hour Restaurant: Running a Cafe by Day and a Bar by Night

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24-Hour RestaurantRemember those cartoons where bars suddenly convert to cafes because a police officer is nearby? You’d be surprised how easy it can be to turn a cafe into a nightclub with these hacks. Consider these options when your cafe is in the planning stages.

Repurposed Furniture – Find tables, seats, cutlery, and displays that both shifts can use. Choose durable and stylish furniture that's easy to clean, move around, and be used either by a cafe customer or a party animal. Stainless steel is one of the ideal options for furnishings and is an ideal material for accents and ornamentation. If you're going to follow this advice, make sure to contact a reliable steel supplier for design ideas and bulk purchases.

Lights – Invest in dimmer and multi-functional lights to accommodate both establishments' operational and technical needs. For dimmers, buy LED lights with a light yellow or orange tint to simulate sunlight at your cafe.  For the bar, install strobes, spotlights and other multi-functional light fixtures for the dance floor, stage and performance areas. The type of bar you're planning to setup can help you decide.

Sounds and Music – A good way of establishing mood is through music, so choose your music for both the cafe and bar. Trance, dance, and DJ mixes are typically common for a standard bar while instrumentals, Jazz tunes, and even the basic elevator music would fit your cafe. Install top-quality sound systems that can enhance the visual aesthetic of both your cafe and bar.

Staffing – As you are offering two service establishment and styles, your staff should also be adaptive and open to the changes in the character of your business and customers. Choose experienced staff that are friendly, personable, and can work the night shift or are amenable to shift changes in a pinch. Make sure you also hire extra security staff for the bar.

A 24/7 restaurant offers you the chance to maximize earning reputation and more revenue. This kind of business is feasible. The only tricky part is designing your establishment. Rule of thumb: A cafe is relaxing, while a bar is energizing.