Dead Man's Switch

How to use Dead Man's Switch for your safety

We frequently get emails from people who tell us they are elderly, sick, or are otherwise at risk of a fall, heart attack, stroke or other sudden health crisis. They're worried that something might happen to them and they won't be able to notify someone soon enough to help them. Dead Man's Switch can help by notifying someone to make a welfare check for you if you haven't checked in.

You can set an alert easily by adding an email message of a few words (for example "I haven't logged in to Dead Man's Switch today, could you please check on me to see if I'm well? -- John"). After you add the recipients' email addresses, select "custom intervals" in the intervals section and type "1" (without the quotes) in the intervals box.

This will tell Dead Man's Switch that you want it to not notify you at all, and just send your message if you haven't logged in during the day. This means that you will have to set an alarm yourself to visit Dead Man's Switch every day and make sure the date you see on your home page is today's. You can set up a routine where you do that first thing in the morning, along with checking your email.

Once you've visited the Dead Man's Switch home page and seen that the date shown is today's, you can rest assured that your check-in has worked. If the date is not today's, just refresh your browser and you will be good to go.

As always, if you need any help, please email us.

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