The 6 Dangers You Didn’t Know About Walking
Posted on August 16, 2016
When you think about dangerous activities, what comes to
mind? Do you think about skydiving? Or playing Russian roulette? I bet you
could think of a million things that are "dangerous", and walking
would not be one of them.
How could walking be a dangerous activity? After all, you
walk every day. From simple falls to getting lost, walking can be dangerous is
you're not prepared.
Medical alert devices like Alert1’s
PAX with fall detection are great for walks. Since PAX uses GPS to locate
the wearer’s location in case of emergencies, walkers can go near and far
The PAX pendant features a helpful little button that sends
out a beacon for help with just one push. If you fall and cannot press the
button, don't panic. The fall detectors within the pendant signal for help as
soon as you lose your balance. And with GPS technology, you can rest assured
that help will find you whether you're conscious or not.
Below are all the possible dangers that could arise when out
on a walk. But don’t worry, because a PAX medical alert system will help in
Danger #1: Falling
One of the most common dangers associated with walking is
tripping and falling. Sometimes your foot coordination is off and you miss a
step. But sometimes, it’s not even your fault! Dangers like jagged sidewalks
and fallen branches may litter your path. This makes your leisurely walking
route more like an obstacle course.
If you trip whilst walking and are injured, PAX is there to
help. Think of the PAX as your helper-upper, to get you back up on your feet
again. With one push of a button, your neighbor, daughter, or EMS will be
alerted to your situation. Help will be immediately dispatched to get you up
and on your way to the doctor, if need be. Don’t know where you are? Not to
worry—PAX can pinpoint your location thanks to GPS technology inside the
In a matter of seconds, your loved ones will know if you’re
okay or not—and to avoid that nasty pothole on Main St.
Danger #2: Animal Attacks
A nighttime stroll seems like a great way to end your long
day—brisk air and exercise is great for the body and soul. But what happens
when a nighttime stroll turns into a desperate sprint for your life?
Coyote and mountain lion attacks happen more often at night
than any other time of the day. This is the time when these animals feel safe
enough to venture out into our community to look for food.
If you find yourself face-to-face with a snarling mountain
lion, press the button. You can let the operator know exactly what your
situation is, and that you need help. This may be an extreme situation, but if
you’re prepared for it you’re more likely to survive to tell the tale.
Danger #3: Assault
Do you see someone lurking in the shadows? Perhaps a person
is walking too close behind you. Don’t hesitate—press the button!
Pressing the button will alert someone to your potential
assault. The operator can stay on the line with you until you feel safe again.
Not only that, but the lurker is now aware that you have just contacted someone
for help, and they are on the way. That act alone will be a deterrent to anyone
Most crimes committed are crimes of opportunity. Let the
lurker know that there is no opportunity here so you can be on your merry way.
Danger #4: Abduction
Sorry to break it to you, but there is another danger
associated with walking.
You shouldn't have to worry about an abduction while you're
out on a walk. But the truth of the matter is it IS possible. Heaven forbid
that you ever have to experience such a tragedy, but if you do-- let's hope you
have your PAX on.
PAX doesn't look like a cell phone or a tablet—in fact, I
think it looks more like a garage opener. If you were abducted, who would
confiscate your garage opener? Your cell phone, yes. But not a garage opener.
Discreetly press the button on your "garage
opener" to send out a beacon for help. Let the operator know that you're
in danger through the two-way microphone. Your PAX pendant will locate you with
GPS and help will immediately be on the way.
Alert1's PAX can stop dark situations like abductions in
Danger #5: Getting Lost
One of my favorite activities is to go out on a hike. I love
exploring and appreciating nature, going wherever the wind takes me. Granted,
sometimes I get lost. For those of us who have no sense of direction, PAX is a
If you find yourself lost while out on an adventure, press
the button on your medical alert device. PAX’s GPS will find you—you don’t need
to know your coordinates.
If only James Franco was wearing his PAX pendant in “127
Danger #6: Pokémon Go®
To end things on a lighter note, I’ll end with the last
danger associated with walking: Pokémon Go.
As I’m sure you’ve all heard, the newest game for mobile
devices, Pokémon Go, has taken the nation by storm. Everyone and their mother
is playing this game.
Although this game is played on your phone, you need to go
out to real-world locations to play. Since the game's release, there have been
a ton of Pokémon-related accidents reported.
Some have walked off cliffs. Some have got hit by cars, while
others got into car accidents. A handful of people have got mugged. Sounds like
a fun game, right?
Apparently so. People continue to play, and reports of Pokéaccidents
continue to flow in. If you find yourself playing Pokémon Go (because let's
face it—you will), make sure you have PAX with you.
If you find yourself walking off a cliff, PAX will ensure
that your Pokémon playing days aren't over. Press the button whenever you face trouble,
and help will be dispatched to your location.
Sure, you might have tripped over yourself trying to catch
that rare Pokémon. But hey, at least you got that Snorlax. And while you’re
busy powering up and evolving all your Pokémon, someone will be en route to help
you up. Now that’s a successful Pokéhunt in my book!
With Alert1’s PAX, you can walk tall wherever and whenever
you please. What is there to fear when you have a life-saving tool with you at
all times? No feat is too great for you with your PAX pendant. Bring on those
fallen branches and hard-to-reach Pokémon. With PAX, you can talk the talk and walk the walk.
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