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Ensuring Safety with Pendant Alarms During Severe Weather

Pendant alarms are crucial for safety at any time, but they become especially vital during disruptive weather. Knowing the functions of your monitored alarm beforehand can be incredibly beneficial. Here’s some essential advice for pendant alarm users during storms:

Potential Hazards During Adverse Weather

Adverse weather conditions like slippery surfaces, freezing temperatures, and electricity cuts can pose serious risks. Wearing a pendant alarm can mitigate the severity of these risks.

1. Test Your Pendant Alarm Button

Regularly testing your telecare system is recommended, typically around once a month. However, before an impending storm, consider an extra test call to ensure your alarm button functions correctly. Inform the call-handler that you’re testing the alarm due to the approaching storm.

2. Know Your Monitored Alarm’s Backup Battery

During a power outage, it’s crucial to ensure your pendant alarm remains operational. If you have a digital telecare system that relies on your broadband router, it’s essential to have a backup battery for both your broadband router and telecare alarm. Most telecare alarms include a backup battery, but it’s wise to confirm this with your supplier if you’re uncertain. You can then contact your broadband provider to enquire about obtaining or installing a backup battery for your router.

Alternatively, another option for users with broadband is to opt for a telecare system that includes a GSM backup in the unit. This means that during a power outage, the unit should still make emergency calls using the GSM functionality, ensuring continued operation.

For GSM telecare alarm users (used in homes without phone lines, and which connect to the response centre via a SIM card) built-in backup batteries in their base units should ensure functionality during power failures. You can verify this with your telecare provider and enquire about the likely the backup battery duration, to understand how long your telecare alarm will remain active. For instance, the GSM alarm currently provided by our Sponsor, TASK Community Care,  provides up to 36 hours of backup battery life with a 30-minute call, ensuring reliable operation during power outages.

3. In Case of Power Outages, Use Your Alarm Button

Electricity blackouts can be dangerous, as you are more likely to have a trip or fall in darkness. If you find yourself in potential danger, don’t hesitate to press your emergency button. Alert the telecare operator about the situation—they can reassure you and notify your designated contacts.

4. Always Wear Your Pendant Alarm Outdoors

When venturing outside during bad weather, even briefly, always wear your pendant alarm. It typically operates within a range of up to 50-300 meters from the base unit (line of sight).

5. Night-time Precautions

Keep your pendant alarm button on at night. Most falls occur during nighttime trips to the bathroom or kitchen, where slippery floors and dim lighting increase the risk. Taking your pendant with you ensures you can call for help immediately, if needed.

By following these precautions and understanding your pendant alarm’s capabilities, you can enhance your safety during severe weather conditions.

Last Updated: 21 June 2024

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