My children and I walk a lot–four miles a day. We wind through neighborhoods and explore our community. There have been a few times, on my own, that I have felt a little uneasy about an area or a particular person. I carry pepper spray with me at all times. I’ve never had to use it, but it’s there.
A 2010 YouGov/Glamour magazine survey reveals that 68% of women are seriously concerned about their safety. While I wouldn’t say I’m one of these women all the time, I do take the time to talk to my children about being aware of everything around them at all times.
We recently had the opportunity to review the Ila Dusk and Ila Pebble Personal Alarms. I’m not a helicopter parent, and I enjoy watching my children seek their own independence but let’s face it, it can be frightening out there. The Ila Security Alarms are the perfect tool not only for me but for my children.
On our morning walk we talked again about safety in numbers and our course of action should someone want to make us a victim of their crime. I gave my seven-year-old the ILA PEBBLE to keep on her at all times. It fits in my palm and when the pin is pulled will emit a 130db alarm. We reviewed the process to activate the alarm, “pull the pin and at the same time press the button.” On our walk, we role played and practiced throwing the pebble to run to a house for help. My daughter thinks is stylish and I agree, it is adorable and doesn’t look like anything out of the ordinary.
Then my curious, “Li’l Man,” inquired, “What is going to happen when we pull the pin and push the button?”
I explained it would sound a really loud alarm that would get people’s attention and scare away the bully and get someone to help.
Li’l Man, with his reasoning, declared, “I’m not throwing it. I’m going to keep it with me when I run because then they will know I am in danger.”
“Good point,” I told him.
Then it happened, “Mom, what does the alarm sound like?” he asked.
So, we walked to the park and decided to give it a try.
In the field, my son stepped up to pull the pin and press the button. He did so with relative ease, and then we all covered our ears because Holy Cow! 130db is LOUD. The alarm went off once we put the pin back in place. Both Li’l Man and The Divine Miss M thought it was “screaming loud” and felt it would work in scaring someone away if necessary.
The other Ila Security alarm we received was the Ila Dusk. Unlike the Ila Pebble, the Dusk actually sounds like a woman screaming. I love the look of the Ila Dusk. It activates when the chain is pulled out. I think it adds some style to my handbag and when we walk, I attach it to my jacket zipper for easy access. My husband, when he first saw it wondered where I got a new MP3 player.
We test the Ila Dusk in the same manner as the Ila Pebble. My kiddos thought both were “ear hurting” loud. We all agreed on the Ila Dusk with the woman’s scream would be more likely to draw attention first. “The Pebble sounds more like a car alarm,” said The Divine Miss M.
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