What is the Purpose of a Panic Alarm?

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Emergencies at the workplace and homes come in different levels and it is for this reason that many businesses are investing in panic alarm systems to ensures the safety of their people at work and at home.

The workplace has changed drastically over the years as emergencies arise without any warning. That is why panic alarm systems have become a common feature at the workplace and home.

What is a panic alarm?

A panic alarm is an electronic device that raises an alarm in emergency situations when a person needs help.

There are traditional, fixed panic alarms that are typically found in retail environments where the store is dealing with large amounts of money such as a jewelers, banks or betting shops. As the name suggests, the alarm is fixed (normally under a desk) to be triggered in an emergency. This type of panic alarm is rendered useless if there is no one near enough to use it.

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And panic alarms via apps and devices that can be activated anywhere.

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Components of a Panic Alarm System

Activation/ Panic Button

The panic button is the device an individual trigger when he or she needs help. There are many styles of panic buttons available. This can be a single push button, two push buttons that must be pressed simultaneously, devices that must be squeezed, and devices that are activated by a foot or knee. Most panic buttons are specifically designed to resist accidental activation. Panic buttons are normally installed in a location where they can easily be accessed, yet out of view of the casual observer. In many cases, panic buttons are installed under a desk or counter-top.

Communication system

The communications system is the method that is used to summon help when a panic button is pressed. The type of communications system used depends largely on the resources available at the facility where the panic alarm is being installed and the level of security threat.

Types of communications systems used can include:

Communications to an alarm monitoring centre:

This method would typically be used at facilities that do not have on-site security staff, such as at a small business. The panic buttons would be connected to an alarm control panel which sends a signal to the monitoring centre when a panic button is pressed. The alarm monitoring centre would then call the police or other appropriate people to respond to the site.

Communications to security control center:

Larger companies often have a centralized security monitoring and control center, either on-site, or at a central location within their organization. With this type of resource, panic alarms are typically connected to the organization’s security management system which will deal with any alarms raised internally.

Communications to non-security personnel

In the absence of an internal security team, some organizations choose to create a ‘response team’ usually consisting of line managers as well as employees from the HR and Operations departments. This team is tasked with responding to any panic alarms raised

Communications to an alarm monitoring centre:

This method would typically be used at facilities that do not have on-site security staff, such as at a small business. The panic buttons would be connected to an alarm control panel which sends a signal to the monitoring center when a panic button is pressed. The alarm monitoring centre would then call the police or other appropriate people to respond to the site.

Businesses that can benefit from panic alarm systems

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Employers have a legal duty of care to ensure employees are safe at work. While CCTV and other monitoring systems are useful, ultimately, they are passive pieces of technology that will not be able to help an employee in an emergency. A panic alarm is able to raise an alert if an employee feels threatened or is attacked, enabling help to be sent to their location.

Every business can benefit from the use of a panic alarm system. Places where panic alarms may be particularly beneficial include:

  • Receptionist’s desks in building lobbies.
  • Security stations and checkpoints.
  • Shipping/receiving areas.
  • Customer service counters.
  • Check-out counters and cashier’s stations.
  • Rooms where cash or other valuables are received, processed, or stored.
  • Interview rooms in the Human Resources department.
  • Executive office suites.
  • Places where confrontations with the public are likely to occur.

When to use a panic alarm

A panic alarm can be used in a range of different emergency situations where help might be needed quickly:

  • Feeling intimidated by someone
  • Being verbally abused
  • In danger of physical assault
  • Getting trapped without means of communication.

Conclusion

Training the workers and people at home how to use a panic button is very important because if they don’t know how to use it then having it will not be useful. For more in formation about panic alarms and other security solution, visit Hubtech for guidance.

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