Whistles are used extensively across
many sporting activities. Referees and coaches for soccer, football,
basketball and hockey and more rely on whistles to control practices
and games. Every boat should be equipped with a safety whistle.
Lifeguards have one in hand at all times. Scuba divers carry
a whistle to signal their boat for pickup. Campers, hikers and
skiers should never be without a safety whistle. If stranded,
an individual can yell for help for an hour or two but then
lose their voice. However, they can blow a whistle indefinitely
to call for help. In addition, the piercing blast from a quality
metal whistle is louder than a yell and carries much farther
in search of help.
Police officers use whistles for traffic
control and to sound alarm. This is true not only for our municipal
departments but also for military forces, FBI, US Marshals, US
Border Patrol, and Homeland Security Departments. Homeland Security
recommends that a safety whistle be part of every homes
emergency readiness kit.
and universities often buy safety whistles in large quantities
to hand out to incoming freshmen and transfer students each
year. They serve the dual purpose of being an excellent safety
tool as well as a visual reminder that each and every individual
must remain aware of their own safety at all times.