The Chief Executive of the Essex Home Safety Partnership has announced a new campaign starting today to get a WiFi alarm installed in every home in the county. According to Sir Henry Gigg of EHSP, too many people carry on sleeping when their WiFi goes down in the middle of the night, and he hopes that the £4.99 alarms will help to reduce WiFi related deaths in the home by 40% over the next ten years. 

Sir Henry said: ‘It is a well-known fact that losing your WiFi connection for just a few seconds could put you and your family in very real danger of not being able to use Facebook and Twitter, and a prolonged period of downtime could make it impossible to download programmes from the iPlayer. If you are not awake to switch the plug off and on at the wall, the problem could get worse and worse, and by the time you wake up you may need to perform a full router reset and create your wireless password all over again. We already had a nationwide panic a few weeks ago when a Southend mum didn’t post to Facebook for 15 minutes, and in my opinion it is only a matter of time before someone is killed by a lack of connectivity. Millions of teenagers across the world treat downtime like the end of the world, and they are the last people that we should be upsetting.’

He added: ‘Once you have installed your home WiFi alarm, it is vital to test it at least once a week by turning your wireless router off at the wall and waiting for the alarm to sound. If you are with BT, you won’t need to worry about this testing as most Home Hubs are programmed to automatically disconnect you at regular intervals anyway. If you have one of the Netgear routers from the early 2000’s that are the size of an original Argos catalogue, you may wish to get one of the £9.99 WiFi downtime alarms with a built-in Carbon Monoxide detector.’

Southend dad-of-five Will Plomp said: ‘I am delighted to be able to say that I am putting my family’s safety first. I have a WiFi down alarm installed on every floor, along with a home full of boosters that allow my children to sleep safely at night.’