Personal Safety

My son recently started taking up running as a school sport, and that also includes the occasional team run in the Presidio in San Francisco. Some portions are shared by cars, so I started looking around at reflectors. Here are some by Portland Reflector, from- wait for it- Portland, OR. I was sent two different… Read More

The Occly Blinc is a personal safety device that you can wear or use at home. It has features like the classic “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” infomercial product, in addition to other features that make this little device an interesting security solution when you’re on the go and at home. The device… Read More

If the Fitbit Charge 2 and other sporty wearable activity trackers aren’t fancy enough for you, consider WiseWear. WiseWear offers 18K gold and palladium plated smart bracelets that both looks good (if that’s the look you’re after) and offers several baked in fitness and safety features that include tracking your activity (steps, distance, calories burned… Read More

If you or your child has a life-threatening allergy, you probably carry an EpiPen with you.  If you have an EpiPen, you are aware that temperature extremes can damage the drug and reduce its life-saving properties.  And you are certainly aware of the recent unconscionable increase in the price of these pens, so you need… Read More

Personal safety devices can be bulky and hard to use, but the Sound Grenade from ROBOCOPP has been designed like its namesake, the grenade. It’s a small device weighing only one ounce that can be clipped to a bag, keychain, clothing, etc. When you pull the pin it will produce a 120 decibel alarm that’s… Read More

Although it is not available in most areas, the FCC has been working on providing everyone in the U.S. access to 911 via text messaging. Those who find themselves in a situation where a voice call may be dangerous or those who are hard of hearing, deaf, or have a speech disability, may find this… Read More

Do you spend a lot of time in areas that lack cellular service?  If you do, you can supplement your cell phone with SPOT.  Anytime you find yourself in a remote (or not so remote) area without a usable cellular signal, you can pair your phone to the SPOT device via Bluetooth and “get connected to… Read More

Not long after Julie reviewed the Keyport Slide 2.0, I ordered one for myself.  The Keyport Slide is a little plastic rectangle that corrals up to six keys in a compact package – one that doesn’t have sharp keys to unexpectedly stab you when you sit with your keyring in your pocket.  If you don’t… Read More

One of the things taught in women’s self-defense classes is to put your keys between your fingers and use them as a stabbing tool if you are ever attacked.  If you fix your keys between your fingers before you ever open that door, you’ll be ready, but it’s not always so quickly done if you… Read More

Each of these little 3.25″ diameter X 1.1″ thick canisters contain emergency supplies.  The containers are made of 5000-series aluminum and have knurled screw-on lids; they are waterproof and have waterproof labels.  When you pull the label off, the the lid is a serviceable signal mirror.  What’s inside these little canisters are the kits that can… Read More

Travelon, as you can guess from the name, makes great bags for traveling – around town or around the world.  This particular wallet and bag combination is perfect for protecting your valuables and your personal data as you go about your daily travels.  The Travelon Anti-Theft Convertible Hobo with RFID Blocking Wallet are made of 100% polyester… Read More

Do you have an aging parent or relative who wants to live on their own, but you are concerned about fading health?  They don’t want to live with you or in an assisted living facility, but you’d like a way to know what is happening with them on a daily basis?  There are various monitoring devices… Read More

My daughter is leaving for college soon, and I reminded her of two things:  1) She’s too young to drink alcoholic beverages, and 2) never drink anything at a party or gathering unless she broke the seal on the bottle or can herself and it has never left her hand and her direct sight.  Too… Read More

Bicycles don’t usually come with lights on them, and the add-on kits are usually either reflectors or lights that just alert drivers that someone is cycling in front of them.  During the day, you can use the hand signals you learned in driver’s ed classes to indicate when you will be making a turn, but… Read More

If you walk/run, ride a bike, or do other outdoor activities at night, you need to make sure you’re visible to motorists.  There’s a lot of reflective clothing on the market, but they may not suit you for one reason or another.  With the PowerSpurz from 4id, you can add lights to your own shoes… Read More