While I was looking over my stats to when I first started UK Survival Guides I noticed that our most popular post is to do with personal alarms and our most sold products from the Amazon commissions are also personal alarms.
For this reason I didn’t want to focus on trying to sell you anything, but I am here to help you buy. I’m here to show you what you need to be looking for when buying a personal alarm.
When attacked by someone there are those of us who can react to the situation but there is also those of us that just freeze up on the spot through fear. They want help but they can’t shout for it but they do find it easier to give a signal for help through the use of a personal alarm.
These are actually really cool little gadgets that can drastically improve your personal security. In most cases, they simply attach to your purse or bag with a keychain and once activated, they can be heard up to 1,000 feet away. There is also an incredibly huge amount of different sizes, shapes and colors to suit the style.
How Do Personal Alarms Work?
Personal alarms are very simple to operate and once the cord has been pulled or the button pressed, a loud alarm will sound to attract the attention of other people. The sound alone is usually enough to put a stop to any attack as the criminal becomes disorientated.
Personal alarms are becoming increasingly popular as people start to look at their own safety and security.
What Is a Personal Alarm Needed For?
This may seem like a bit of an odd question but bare with me. What situations do you find yourself in where a personal alarm could save your life?
- Do you walk home late at night?
- Want it for when you’re out jogging?
- Are you wanting it as a signal if you become lost while hiking?
The requirements for each person is always going to be different but the outcome the same; safety.
Personal alarms are not just for women either. People use them for all kinds of reasons and both men and women use them. Think about it, they can be used by pretty much anybody.
- Drivers use them – think parking lot safety!
- Joggers – these fit comfortably on your hand or there is one by the company SABRE that fits around your arm which is super cool and convenient.
- Kids – can use it to call for help if needed and you can find something they’d like as they come in all kinds of shapes designed for children.
- Those people that often walk at night
- The elderly – can use them to let you know they’ve fallen or feel unwell.
- And on, and on, and on…
Tips for Buying Your Personal Alarm
It isn’t difficult to find the right personal alarm for you but there are a few things that you need to consider. Mainly, you want something that is easy to use at a moments notice.
- If you are buying the personal alarm for a child then they need to be able to actually use it. Some of them are not as easy as you’d imagine.
- Choose pull-pins rather than buttons as the alarm can be too easily triggered.
- Check the quality and if you have no way of doing this, don’t go too cheap! This is your life at the end of the day. Customer reviews are always a good place to start.
Is it Easy To Use?
If someone grabs you from behind in the dark, you need to be able to react fast. For this reason your personal alarm should be as easy to use as possible.
There is only really one thing that you need to do on all models but some require the use of both hands which may not be possible during an attack.
Do You Have Any Special Needs?
The alarm that may suit one person very well won’t necessarily suit you well. Do you have poor eyesight? Large fingers? All these kinds of things need to be thought about before buying a personal alarm.
How Loud is the Alarm?
You want an alarm that is going to do the job when it needs to and to do that, it needs to be noisy. You will generally see personal alarms being sold with sirens in the region of 110dB and 140dB. Some personal alarms we have tested in the past have actually been quite painful to test
What Size Do You Need?
Again, this is another feature that will depend entirely on how you plan on using the personal alarm.
- Keychain Alarm – small, easy to carry or attach to your purse
- Key-Fob Alarm – these can easily be attached to your keys if you often head across the parking lot after dark.
- Wrist/Arm Worn Alarm – these are usually chosen by runners, joggers, and cyclists.
So again, I ask you. What do you want it for?
Answer this one question and everything else should fall in to place. You need to be able to activate the alarm quickly so this should be made the priority when looking to buy your own personal alarm.
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