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Where is Your Panic Button?

When you first set up your alarm system, you probably found the perfect hiding place for your panic button. Do you remember where that is? If an emergency arose right now, would you be able to find it? It's not uncommon for the panic button to be the forgotten part of your alarm system. After all, keeping it hidden is one of the basics to good panic button placement, which often means: out of sight, out of mind. It's important to not only know where your panic button is, but also to consider the best strategy about where to place it.

(Please note: If you want or need a panic button, we are running a special for the rest of August. Please read the details at the end of this article).

A good way to determine a spot for your panic button is to think about which rooms you and your family spend the most time in. If there were an emergency, you will want assurance that you can reach it easily. You can also use sticky Velcro tabs, to adhere your button behind or under almost any surface you can think of. Here are some suggestions to help you find the best hiding place for your panic button:

  1. Near your bed.

  2. We spend a large majority of time sleeping, which makes the bedroom an optimal place for a panic button. Consider a place near your bed so you can reach it easily if you wake up in the middle of the night to an intruder. If you forget to set your alarm before going to bed, you can still press the panic button to alert us to dispatch the police. You should look for a place where you won't bump into your panic button accidentally, to avoid sending out a false alarm. Some possible areas would be around your nightstand, secured in the top drawer, or behind a decorative item like a picture frame (just be sure whoever dusts knows to be careful not to bump it). Another possibility is under your bed, in a place where someone can't brush into it when changing sheets.

  3. Around your safe or other valuables.

  4. Most home invasions are motivated by greed. The intruders have a defined goal, and that is to acquire cash and high value items. If you were home during a burglary attempt, a thief may direct you to open your safe, which makes this another smart place for a panic button. Look for an inconspicuous area near your safe where you could easily reach it if you are under duress.

  5. Home office

  6. If you spend a large amount of time in your home office, this is another good room for a panic button. Under the desk is a common choice, as long as it's in a position where you won't bump into it with your knees. Other possibilities are on a bookshelf, behind a picture frame, or inside a small bowl or decorative vase. One of our customers was able to secure his panic button in the underside of his top desk drawer, which keeps him from pressing it inadvertently, while also providing easy accessibility.

  7. The kitchen.

  8. Out of all the rooms in a house, the kitchen gets the most traffic. This makes it both an ideal and problematic room for a panic button. It's ideal because it's highly probable that if an emergency occurs, you will either be in this room or be able to reach it. It's problematic because with so much activity here, it greatly increases the chances that someone could press your panic button accidentally. Remember, a panic alarm is a high priority alarm that requires quick action by our central station and your local police. False alarms could be subject to fines, so you should take extra precautions if you are going to place a panic button in your kitchen. Avoid areas such as under counter tops which can be easily bumped when cleaning or cooking. If you are thinking about putting a panic button under an upper cabinet, be sure to put it further back where it can't be easily touched by wandering fingers.

  9. Main living areas.

Think about other main living areas where you and your family spend large amounts of time. It may be the living room, family room, or a game room. Look for hiding places such as under a corner side table, in a fake plant, or behind a small clock or other decorative item. Be sure it's not in a high traffic part of the room but that you can still reach it if you should need to. If you have children, be sure to tell them what your panic button is for and where it is. Explain that it's for emergencies only and go over circumstances when it would be okay to press it. Make sure they know to never play with it. If you have very young children, be sure to keep it out of their reach.

The most important thing about panic button placement is that you remember where it is. Don't hide it so well that you keep it hidden from yourself. Also, remember to test your panic button along with your alarm system on a regular basis. If you aren't sure how to do this, you can call us or read our helpful article, "How to Test Your Security System" (link here).

Your East Cascade alarm system was customized for you, so you may not have opted to add a panic button. If you cannot remember initially ordering one, and you would like one now, please call or email us. For the rest of August, we are offering a $5.00 special for each panic button. This includes free installation!

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