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A personal alarm system can be used by individuals anywhere, and is a great way to protect personal security. The home security professionals at created a list of tips to utilize during the purchasing process.

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Personal alarms are growing in popularity and a great way to ensure your safety wherever you are.

A personal alarm system is one that is used primarily to deter attackers, by emitting a loud, attention-grabbing sound. It is essentially a wireless security system for individuals, as opposed to homes. Personal alarms can be used to distract attackers, which give the victim valuable seconds to escape from harm’s way. It can also alert people in surrounding areas that there is a problem.

The security specialists at, created a list of tips that can be used when selecting and using a personal alarm. is a home security system review site that allows consumers to easily and efficiently compare home security systems.

1.    The type of sound emitted from a personal alarm is potentially the most important feature. This is the purpose of these alarms—to provide a sound that is loud and distracting enough to deter an attacker. It should produce a sound that is shrill and unique, and not one that sounds similar to a car alarm. Most professionals recommend choosing an alarm that emits a sound that is at least 130 decibels, for maximum effectiveness.

2.    Choose a personal alarm that is going to be extremely portable. Many models are small enough to fit into the palm of the hand, so they can be used in a variety of situations, such as exercising outdoors. Smaller doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be less effective, although it should be easily accessible if it’s located in a bag.

3.    Select a personal alarm that is extremely easy to use. During an emergency situation, individuals often aren’t thinking clearly, so the alarm should have a one-touch button that will activate it, and it shouldn’t require a complicated set of steps. In addition to buttons, some personal alarms are equipped with pull-out pins and push caps.

4.    Don’t rely only on a personal safety alarm to attract attention from strangers. Many people will think the sounds emitted from a personal alarm are a false alarm, so in addition to sounding the alarm, also scream for help to attract more attention.

5.    Most personal alarms are powered by either gas or batteries. A gas-powered alarm often make a louder and more shrill sound than battery-powered alarms, but they can’t be left in hot cars because they may burst, and they’re often not allowed on airplanes, which means they’re not optimal for traveling.

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