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Personal Alarms: All You Need to Know

A personal alarm is one of the best non offensive self-defense weapons that can be handed to children to ensure their personal safety in any location. Personal alarms can be used to attract persons who can offer assistance during a stealth attack and completely disorients and shock one's attacker, therefore, giving you enough time to escape or force the attacker to retreat.

There have been numerous advancements made in self-defense technology but very few can be identified as child friendly self defense weapons. A personal alarm is one of the best non offensive self-defense weapons that can be handed to children to ensure their personal safety in any location. They are small, thus, portable and inconspicuous.

Benefits of carrying a personal Alarm

  • Attracts attention

The most common mode of operation any criminal employs is that to deliberately ensure that they do not draw attention to themselves before, during and after they have committed a crime. Personal alarms can be used to attract persons who can offer assistance during a stealth attack by triggering the device by pressing a button.

Some personal alarms emit between 120-130 dB whereas other kinds of personal alarms work by remotely sending a signal to a central control or monitoring center where the closest professional help dispatched to your determined location.

The noise emitted by a good personal alarm can draw the attention of others to your attack or the activities of suspicious individuals around you. Carrying a personal alarm may very well be one of the simplest, inexpensive and least involving methods of self-protection there may be for both adults as well as children. The device creates an extended security zone when one is outside particularly for individuals who are physically challenged or have little or no self-defense training. Those that have been noted to be particularly vulnerable to attack are the elderly, young mothers, college students, handicapped individuals, children and people who work late.

  • Gives you adequate time to make an escape

It is worth noting that most personal alarms are created to ensure that one has ample time to get away from an attacker rather than to attract the attention of others. It is not every scenario that there are bystanders that may hear the alarm and come to your aid, therefore, the shrill noise emitted by a personal alarm which can not only easily and quickly attract the attention of bystanders, but also completely disorient and shock one's attacker, therefore, giving you enough time to escape or force the attacker to retreat.

Types of personal alarms

  • Gas alarms

Gas alarms usually make very loud, lasting and shrill sounds that work to both disorient an attacker as well as to attract the attention of assistance. They are well suited for individuals who experience difficulty in moving their finger and hands, especially individuals who suffer from arthritis. They can be easily operated because all is needed is a simple press of a button to activate it. Furthermore, it is easy to check whether the devise has enough gas by simply shaking it. However, it is worth noting that small gas personal alarms may not produce the sound one may require in an emergency situation and the larger the size of the alarm, the louder the noise emitted.

  • Battery alarms

In general, battery alarms are easier to carry due to their small size. However, it is important to note several disadvantages of battery powered personal alarms. Firstly the sound made by battery personal alarms pulsates and could easily be mistaken for any other normal alarm, such as that of a car, and may not work to adequately attract attention or shock your attacker and therefore giving you enough time to make your escape. Secondly, you may be required to activate the alarm very close to your attacker's ear in order to disorient him/her. Lastly, you have to test the alarm in order to find out whether the battery still works and in the process, exhaust the remaining energy the devise may need to help you in an unexpected attack.

TIP: Most individuals carry personal alarms in the hope that if they are attacked, they can easily attract the attention of help. If your personal alarm does not have a unique quality to it and sounds just like any regular sound one would hear daily, such as that of a car alarm, it would not catch anyone's attention because most people would assume that the sound is not a cause for alarm but a rather normal car alarm. Furthermore, sounds that are heard on a daily basis would not work to shock or disorient your attacker as they are probably psychologically conditioned not to react to these sounds. It is recommended that one opt for a device that emits over 130 dB in a continuous shrill sound.

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