How to Properly Use a Personal Duress Alarm in an Emergency Situation 

A personal duress alarm is designed to protect lone workers from violence or other forms of danger they may face at work. Personal duress alarms typically use a SOS button or other trigger that can be used to send an emergency signal to a monitoring centre or security personnel. In this blog we discuss what personal duress alarms are, who they are for, the benefits of using a duress alarm and when you should activate a duress alarm. 

What is a Duress Alarm? 

A duress alarm is a device that is used in an emergency situation to signal that a lone worker is in danger or under duress. A button can be pressed on the duress alarm to call for help. TWIG personal duress alarms are shaped like a pager and fit onto a belt buckle, neck strap or in a lone worker’s pocket. They are discreet and can be used in conjunction with a base unit or mobile phone to signal is needed. TWIG duress alarms can also be paired with range extenders or equipped with GPS tracking technology to provide information about the precise location of a lone worker in real time.  

Who are Duress Alarms For? 

There are four primary categories of people who need to be equipped with personal duress alarms for their safety: isolated (lone) workers, workers with medical conditions, at-risk employees and the elderly and people living with disabilities.  

Isolated workers are required by law to be equipped with safety equipment which may include a personal duress alarm. 

Workers with medical conditions that could put them at risk if they were to fall or have an accident should be equipped with duress alarms to provide peace of mind for themselves, their family and their employers. 

At-risk employees, such as healthcare workers or aged care workers, who regularly face the threat of assault while at work should be equipped with personal duress alarms as a life-saving mechanism. 

If you are caring for an elderly or disabled person who lives alone, duress alarms can provide reassurance that they can easily summon help if they need it. 

The Benefits of Personal Duress Alarms 

There are many benefits to using personal duress alarms, including: providing peace of mind and safety for the individual wearing the device, giving family, friends and carers reassurance that their loved ones can summon help at the press of a button and providing help rapidly in an emergency scenario such as a fall, accident or assault. 

When Should I Activate my Personal Duress Alarm? 

There are quite a few situations when it is appropriate to summon assistance using your personal duress alarm. Your training will undoubtedly provide more information about when to use your lone worker safety device, but, as a rule of thumb, the following situations can be de-escalated using a duress alarm: 

  • If you feel threatened or in danger, 
  • If you have been the victim of domestic violence, 
  • If you are working alone in a high-risk environment, 
  • If you are living with dementia and become disoriented or lost, 
  • If you are experiencing a medical emergency such as a fall or heart attack. 

Buy Personal Duress Alarms  

TWIG Australia supplies and distributes personal duress alarms across the nation. Our GPS-enabled lone worker safety devices ensure the safest possible outcomes for lone workers, workers with medical conditions, at-risk employees and the elderly and disabled. We have a range of products available to help keep social workers safe,check out our online storeto see them. You can call TWIG Australia on 1300 765 543 to make an order or reach out via ourcontact pagefor a quote.