Home Safety: Time Is of the Essence

Home should be a place where you feel safe, but unfortunately it can be full of hazards you’ve never considered. It is estimated that 28.1 million emergency room visits are caused by unintentional injuries each year and result in 136,053 deaths.  Of the top seven causes of unintentional injury and death, five could occur in your home.

What are the top seven causes of unintentional injuries? Here they are in order:

  1. Poisoning (including accidental overdose)
  2. Motor Vehicle Crashes
  3. Falls
  4. Choking and Suffocation
  5. Drowning
  6. Fires and Burns
  7. Natural and Environmental Incidents

When one of these injuries happens, response time is very important so any necessary treatment occurs right away. In the moment, panic tends to slow down your ability to decide what to do. If any serious accidental injury happens, calling 9-1-1 immediately can make a huge difference in how fast emergency services can get to your aid.

The average response time of emergency medical services (EMS) varies greatly, which is something you probably know, especially if you live far from a hospital or firehouse. Most sources agree that EMS should aim to arrive in eight minutes, but that isn’t always attainable. This is why it is so important to reach out as soon as you think help might be needed.

With a monitored home security system, your panel allows you to call for help with the touch of a button. Click the emergency button and Guardian will initiate a response in an average of 30 seconds. This removes some of the stress from calling for help and makes it fast and convenient.

Here are some true stories from customers who used their keypad to get help in a medical emergency.

When I was awakened one morning by the sound of my baby gasping for air, my first instinct was to press the Guardian keypad. It was the right thing to do. In just a few minutes, the paramedics were at our door – the police came too!

We are so pleased with our Guardian system. It’s good to know that help is out there. Guardian is so simple to use, I’ve shown my five-year-old daughter how to use it. It’s just one button to press and no numbers to remember, which is really helpful if you’re upset and frightened.

Joan R., Pennsylvania

Another 15 minutes, and I’d have been gone. Guardian helped to save me!

I woke up feeling nauseated and dizzy. I tried to get up but fell. My wife went to the Guardian keypad and just pressed the little button. She didn’t have to call or anything. The paramedics were here in five minutes.

Charles P., Ohio

If you’re worried about an accidental injury in your home, you can get a medical alert pendant that lets you signal for help all around your home, inside and outside, anywhere within range of your wireless security system. This is particularly helpful for elderly people, especially if they live alone.

 

 

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