Can”t afford a medical alert or home alarm system? Store your car keys beside your bed at night. A friend sent me this safety tip and really hit home for me. You see my mother in law was home alone when she fell and broke her hip a few years ago. It was a long and terrible night for her. The outcome for mom, our Sweet Caroline, was even worse. I only wish I had received this tip before that day. For those who have read this safety tip before, please pass it on to someone else!
This safety tip originated from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: Those car keys are a security alarm system you already have that require no installation.
With car keys on the nightstand, deterring a break in is easy; simply press the panic button on your car keys! If armed with an alarm, it will be set off. Even if no alarm is installed, the standard panic alert will set off the horn and continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.
Test it. You will find that most remote keyless entry remotes work from nearly everywhere inside your house. What is more, it most likely works regardless of whether you park in your driveway or garage. Even if your car is an older model, did you know it’s not difficult to retrofit it with a keyless entry system?
Surely, mom’s neighbors would have called the police if her horn continued blowing in the middle of the night. She owned a keyless entry remote! Perhaps the outcome would have been the same but without doubt, her time suffering on the floor would have been reduced. If you know a senior who lives alone please share this safety tip, it might just save their life!
Finally, remember to ALWAYS carry your keys in your hand while walking to your car. The panic button or alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone – teens, mid-lifers, and seniors alike. In doing so it might just save a life or prevent a sexual abuse crime.
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