Personalized Safety Alarms Save Lives
If you’ve got kids, you know that they don’t always listen to everything you want them to hear.
Part of the reason for that is how kids’ brains are wired. Young children tend to be visual and tactile rather than auditory learners. Remember when your baby or toddler use pick everything up and put it in her mouth? That’s how she learned to explore her world. As kids get older, they adopt others learning modalities, but often the auditory modality is the last one they learn.
Of course, kids are also selective listeners. You know that they can hear you perfectly well, but they reject listening to you. Older children will pick and choose what they want to hear out of defiance.
When it comes to personal safety, you want your kids to listen to you. You have their best interest in mind, and you know how to keep them safe. That’s why you installed smoke detectors in your home.
Studies have shown, however, that children don’t always hear traditional smoke alarms when they go off.
Why kids don’t hear smoke alarms
When your children are in deep sleep, the kind of deep Stage 4 sleep they need for rest and growth, their brains do not process external noises. If you or your kids are woken up during a period of deep sleep, you will be disoriented until you can fully wake up, which can take several minutes.
When the American Academy of pediatrics conducted a study of how well twenty-four sleeping children responded to tonal smoke alarms compared to the sound of their parents’ voices, the results were surprising.
Not one of the children woke up to the sound of the smoke detector alone.
Your voice is the key
When they heard a personal safety alarm that included their parents’ voices, twenty-three of the children (96%) in the study responded to the sound and evacuated their sleeping quarters. The study also measured how well children responded to the voice alert and tonal alarm combined (58%).
It took an average of 20 seconds for the younger children to wake up when they heard the sound of their parents’ voices in the personalized safety alarm, and it took them 38 seconds to escape their environment. Children who heard only the total alarm took five minutes to evacuate their surroundings.
How to program your personalized safety alarm
When you are programming your personalized safety alarm, The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you include these statements:
- First name of your child (repeated)
- Wake up
- Get out of bed
- Leave the room
We recommend adding these two statements:
- Go now
- Meet at our safe place (pre-determined location outside your home)
When it comes down to protecting the safety of your children in the home, it’s best to have a tonal smoke alarm and a personalized safety alarm, especially if you have younger and older children.