Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Personal alarms are an inexpensive way to help keep you and your family safe. In this section, we have attempted to answer the most common questions that people have about personal attack alarms, but if you have any questions that are not answered here, please feel free to contact us, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.


What is a personal alarm?

Personal alarms, which are also sometimes called personal attack alarms, personal panic alarms, or rape alarms, are self-defense devices that are designed to surprise and attacker and draw the attention of people near to you to your predicament. When triggered, personal panic alarm devices emit an extremely loud alarm siren. Contrary to popular belief, the main purpose of a personal alarm is to disorientate and frighten the attacker, rather than to summon help.


How will a personal alarm keep me safe?

Most attackers are looking for an easy victim and they don’t want to get caught. However, when an attacker is confronted with the ear-piercing sound of a personal alarm, it will startle them, they will become confused, and they will become concerned about the attention the alarm will bring to them. That is what will make them cease their attack and make their escape, without harming you.


Are personal alarms really all that effective?

We have all heard car alarms sounding in a car park and done little or nothing about it, so the question of whether any alarm is effective is a valid one. The truth is, as we mentioned above, that a personal alarm is not designed to summon help, it is designed to scare away and attacker before any real harm is done.

To use the example of the car alarm; you may have heard car alarms sounding many times, but how many times have you witnessed a car crime in progress? The answer to that question is probably few or none, because the alarm has done its job and scared away the thief. The same is true of personal safety alarms.


Are personal attack alarms heavy to carry?

Not at all, the best modern personal alarms are lightweight and small. Many are no more than the size of a key fob, and some are even smaller than that. In fact, when you are searching for the best personal safety alarm for you, we recommend that you don’t choose the smallest one you can find, because if it’s too small, it may be too fiddly to operate in an emergency, or you may not even be able to find it.


How loud are personal alarms?

The loudness of personal attack alarms will vary between different manufacturers and models, but most panic alarms emit an alarm that is in the region of 120dB and 140dB. To put that in perspective, a power saw runs at approximately 110dB and a jet engine will record approximately 140dB from 100ft away. If you were to hold a modern personal alarm to your ear, which you should never do, it would cause extreme pain and it could cause permanent hearing loss. In other words, the best personal alarms are very loud!


Are personal alarms legal?

Yes. It is legal to carry a personal alarm in all states in the US and, as far as we aware, in all countries in the world. You can also take a battery powered personal alarm on board a commercial aircraft, but there are restrictions with regards to gas-powered personal emergency alarms.


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