A panic alarm can have a variety of uses, but there are primarily two. The first reason is the possibility of intrusion into the home and the second is in the case of a medically vulnerable person. In some cases, the medically vulnerable person will also be at risk of having to deal with an intrusion into their home.
The elderly are perhaps the most vulnerable because after they retire contact with the world changes and those that find themselves alone often crave company. When a stranger comes to the door, they often open the door just to say good morning to a new face. It is quite rare for an intruder to be an opportunist. More often the intruder will investigate the premises by knocking on a door under the guise of being a concerned passer-by, a delivery service for a neighbour or someone from one of the utility companies. Once they have established that the occupants are elderly or additionally vulnerable, they have then set their target.
Intruders have been known to choose their elderly target by offering to carry their shopping home after they get off a bus and striking up a conversation with them to identify whether they live alone with a partner or if they live with younger family members.
Fire and Floods
Panic alarms, however, aren’t just useful for intruders. An elderly or vulnerable person could have difficulty in getting out of a property in the case of a fire or flood and will need to notify someone that they are, in fact, still inside and in danger. This is particularly the case if circumstances in such an emergency dictate that they cannot reach a phone or get to a window.
The third scenario is when a person lives alone or with other vulnerable people and has a serious health condition such as epilepsy or a heart or lung defect. In fact, any medical situation that would require the help of another person to recover. People with epilepsy can become injured because of a seizure; older adults may suffer a fall and find themselves unable to get up, and heart and lung patients may find themselves unable to speak to make a phone call to raise the alarm to get help.
A panic alarm may scare off an intruder if they see the button being pushed, and can be life-saving in the event of a medical emergency and bring help quickly in the case of any other scenario. These alarms save lives and make an excellent investment in the wellbeing of a loved one.
If you think a panic alarm would be beneficial for you or a family member then get in touch today by calling 01424 718 844. The team at DNA Security will be happy to talk you through all of the panic alarm options and help to find the perfect product for you and give you the reassurance you need.