Turn Your Welcome Mat Into a Lighthouse

By on September 1, 2016

Unlocked doors and windows are the top two places a bad guy gets into your home. Calamity May says: Don’t make it easy! Know when a stranger is outside your door!

Nearly all the beta readers of my draft book remarked on this product. So I bought it and tested it for three months. Bottom Line: It works well, it’s consistent, and the alerts do their job. I like it a lot! 

doormatIt’s a wireless floor mat from Dakota Alert that you place under a rug or ‘welcome’ mat outside an exterior door. When stepped on, a chime and/or bright white light goes off from the receiver inside your residence. (Shown to the left). The sensor inside each floor mat work up to 1,000 feet away from the receiver in your home, so you can be notified when someone is standing outside your workshop, cabin, barn, or outbuilding. 

Easy Installation

As a DIY project, it was a breeze. Almost. I read the directions, installed the batteries, and set up the chimes. But the signaling didn’t work at first—the batteries it came with had expired. I replaced them (a trip to the store, $9, but an easy task) and it’s worked perfectly since. Only one tool is needed to rotate the volume switch, but a fingernail may suffice.

How to Use It

The indoor receiver—the part that chimes and flashes—can monitor up to four outdoor sensors. Various combinations are possible, such as, 1 or more floor mats, door or window motion detectors, and a mailbox alert). By assigning a unique sound to each sensor, you can be alerted to a presence on your property, and its location. If you’re entertaining, the inside receiver can be turned off. (Just remember to turn it on afterwards). The receiver has 14 chimes to choose from, the volume is adjustable. A bright, flashing white light can be used with the chime, or instead of it. 

doormat Where to Place It

Place a wireless floor mat where a bad guy can get close enough to look in your windows and doors at ground level. Place one outside your apartment door. Use one on the fire escape that’s outside the bedroom in your apartment. If outside, protect the mat from wet weather by putting it in a waterproof sleeve. Cover with an outdoor rug or welcome mat so it goes unnoticed.

The mat picks up the weight of our dogs, the lightest being 65 pounds. (I haven’t tested the weight of lighter dogs. Let me know your results !)

We gave one to a young newlywed couple for a wedding present. (She requested it). We gave one to Joe’s daughter who’s renting an apartment in New Orleans for the first time. Three other good examples include: an artist’s studio adjacent to the well-traveled Cumberland Trail; one outside the door that goes from an attached garage into my sister-in-law’s kitchen; one outside the door of a 3-story walk-up apartment.  


One wireless floor mat and one indoor receiver costs$129.99 MSRP. Sold separately, each mat  is $79.99. One interior receiver works with up to 4 sensors. (Replacing three “C” batteries, cost $9). Order your Dakota Alert wireless mat here.

Calamity May presents well-studied opinions and independent, non-sponsored product reviews. 

Suzy Meyer, Author
Pittsburgh, PA

I'm a landscape architect, gardener, and of late, a certified NRA instructor. I enjoy practicing T’ai Chi, playing bocce, and walking through watersheds.. This blog is my journey full of learning curves to calm the chaos.


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