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Staying at home: Tips for zero contact

March 31, 2020
Staying at home: Tips for zero contact

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing the daily way of life and routine of millions of people all around the world. From where and how people work and how each of them interacts with others in ordinary day to day situations. The Australian federal government has and still is, telling the population about social distancing. So it seems that the best option to maintain the minimum in social distancing is to stay at home as much as possible. For many, this means limiting outings to the bare minimum and for others, it means keeping away from everyone else at all times. So if you are choosing to stay at home 24/7, it’s fair enough to say that you’ll be more likely to do some online shopping. With your orders now delivered straight to your door, here are some precautions you can take.

See the outside from your smartphone

If you already have either a camera or doorbell, now is the perfect time to check the level of your battery. Replace them if it is sitting at or below 10%. Check they are well positioned and remove any obstructions, such as cobwebs and dust. If it’s a camera, check the angle of the lens. Will you be able to see if someone has left a package on your doorstep? Next, is to check that you have all wires out of sight and ensure that the camera has a strong internet connection.

If you don’t have either a smart camera or doorbell, look for one that includes two-way communication. Once installed, activate all notifications in the settings from your smartphone. This way you’ll know when they have arrived and can direct them to leave it at the front of your door or in another safe location of your choosing. Depending on the angle and position of your camera, you can even monitor the whole process, including when the delivery driver has left your property. Thus, allowing you to safely collect your packages knowing there is no one there.

Create a drop off zone

If you have a space that is off to the side, make this available to the delivery person to leave your items behind. This can be around the corner of the house, or behind an unlocked gate. Anywhere that is out of sight from the main road. Why not place some pot plants to further obstruct the view? For added protection to your delivered goods, install a heavy and durable chest in that spot. Anchor the chest to the floor so no one can remove it from your property. Attach a smart padlock and ask the delivery driver to use it if you are not at home.

Another alternative is to ask your courier to leave the parcel in your garage. Place cameras in here too so you can see where your delivery driver is leaving your package. All you have to do is open and close it from your garage remote. To make it clearer, place tape on the floor or signage noting your drop off point. The best thing about doing it this way is you can be safely inside of your home during this period. Of course, make sure that your garage remote can be operated from inside. Lastly and most importantly, check it has plenty of battery.

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You have now securely and safely prepared your home for zero contact deliveries. All you have to do is make sure to keep washing your hands often, especially after receiving each delivery. We all know that we can't be too careful. Stay safe out there!