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What are some of the Emergency Features on Two-Way Radios That Help Keep People Safe?

What are some of the Emergency Features on Two-Way Radios That Help Keep People Safe?
June 18, 2019

This week’s Two-Way Radio Tip examines what are the specific safety features on a two-way radio.

RCA Two-Way Radios are incredibly valuable tools for manufacturing facilities, construction sites, and educational campuses. But beyond improving productivity and streamlining workflow, two-way radios are also one of the most important pieces of safety equipment you can have as well. This is especially true for anyone who works alone, works in remote areas, or works in potentially dangerous environments.

But what exactly are the safety features on a two-way radio? This week’s Two-Way Radio Tip will discuss three specific safety features that can be programmed on most RCA two-way radios. These include:

  • Man Down Feature
  • Lone Worker Feature
  • Emergency Button


The Man Down Feature

The Man Down safety feature on RCA digital two-way radios detects when there is a lack of movement or if the radio suddenly tilts horizontally, typical signs an accident or emergency is taking place. This application can be configured on almost all RCA two-way digital radios and is designed to identify when a worker has fallen. When the radio senses lack of movement or a sudden horizontal tilt, a timer is activated which will initiate a “chirp” following a couple of seconds to notify other radio users that there could be an emergency. If the worker is fine but just accidentally tilted the radio, he/she can disable the alert without an emergency signal being sent.

However, if a full minute passes and the worker has not turned off the notification, an alarm will sound to other radios announcing that something is wrong and that the radio operator is unresponsive.

Benefits of Man Down Feature

This feature gives workers an extra layer of safety, security, and confidence when they are out of sight or working near dangerous conditions. It also eliminates the potential of an unresponsive worker going hours or days without being tended to or found! Finally, this important safety feature ensures expedited emergency response.


The Lone Worker Feature

Unlike the Man Down safety feature, the Lone Worker feature is triggered when a worker fails to interact with the radio for a specific period of time. For example, let’s say a worker doesn’t touch the radio for 10 minutes, a pre-warning signal will sound reminding the worker to reset the timer by pressing a button or adjusting a knob. If the worker doesn’t interact with the radio in the next couple of minutes, an emergency notification will be sent to other predesignated radio operators.

Benefits of the Lone Worker Feature?

First and foremost, the RCA digital two-way radio Lone Worker feature enhances worker safety when working in potentially hazardous locations or while completing a dangerous task. In addition, this feature increases situational awareness by conducting “alive checks” on a regular basis.


Emergency Alert Button

One of the simplest and most effective safety features on RCA digital two-way radios is called the Emergency Alert Button. Strategically located on the top of the radio for quick and easy access, Emergency Alert Button feature is found on most RCA radios. In the event of an emergency, users can trigger an alarm by pressing this orange button. Immediately, the RCA two-way radio sends out a voice and/or radio identity to notify specific individuals of an impending emergency. This drastically reduces response times and significantly contributes to a safer environment.

Benefits of the Emergency Alert Button

The Emergency Alert Button is an immediate self-initiated response to an emergency. It sends out a network-wide alert that can indicate anything from a fire to an unauthorized person on the premises.


All of these features mentioned need to be programmed into the radio and are not activated by default. Let us know when you are placing an order if you want these features enabled. If you already have RCA two-way radios and want these features enabled, you can send them in to us to be reprogrammed.


If you’re interested in learning more about how Discount Two-Way Radio can incorporate safety features on your two-way radio, just call 800-895-5122 today and speak with one of our expert two-way radio account representatives.

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