“There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca.
This week’s Wednesday challenge on partner Susan and my site is the word ALARMS.
Today there is an alarm for everything. Car alarms. Fire alarms. Burglar alarms. Patient alarms in hospitals. Intruder alarms. False alarms.
With all this protective equipment sounding off all around us it is no wonder that a modern-day health concern is alarm fatigue.
Hospital workers. Patients in total care facilities. EMS attendant. All are beginning to complain about the negative effects these warning systems are having on their health and welfare.
The intent of the warning sounds is understood but the debilitating effect it has on the people who routinely work in alarmed environments is just beginning to be studied.
Have you ever walked past a parked automobile in a shopping mall only to be startled when the owner of one overly protected vehicle decides to activate his/her car’s warning system in order to locate the vehicle?
Does society really need this cacophony of noise-producing instruments to ward off potential hazards or warn us of dangerous situations?
This week Susan and myself invite you to write about your own experiences with some of these alarm systems.
As always, our challenge is flexible so please interpret the challenge in a way that suits you – Words, Pictures, Poetry or Rhyme.
#Please tag Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge – Alarms
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