One never knows when an emergency will happen. It may be a fall….a heart attack…a car accident…or an intruder. We all want to be prepared, but exactly what to do to get help is sometimes illusive. Recently, I was sent two good ideas that could save my life or yours. I want to share them with you.
Let’s start with an intruder in your home. Many of us have burglar alarms, but those may not be on 24 hours a day. Get several cans of wasp spray and have them around close at hand throughout the house or in your office. Of course this should be out of reach of children. What advantages does this simple, inexpensive can of spray have?
The cans typically shoot 20 to 30 feet; so if someone tries to break into your home, “spray the culprit in the eyes”. “That’s going to give you a chance to run from the house and call the police.”
Put your car keys beside your bed at night and carry them in a pocket during the day.
How will this help?
If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in the house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off. The horn will continue to sound until it is turned off. It’s a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house. It is also useful going through parking lots to your car. However, one must have it in hand and not buried in a purse or pocket. Anyone trying to bother you will probably not stick around if the car alarm is going off.
It has also been suggested that carrying car keys in a pocket can be used in an emergency when someone can not reach a phone. Should this be a heart attack or some other sickness that calls for immediate help, it would be good to remember the panic button on your keys. Usually someone will take notice.
All of this may seem like common sense. If one consciously remember these things, it may be a life saver. Pass them along to friends and family. Be safe and smart. (Footnote: A reader wrote in that he preferred pepper spray to wasp spray, giving other sites that agree. One thing is certain, it is easier to carry pepper spray in a purse or pocket. The main reason for this blog is to help each of us consider how to be safe. It is up to you about choices. )