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Screenshot: Pranay Parab The Apple Watch is an excellent health tool. It tracks your steps, keeps count of your expended calories, and helps you check in on your heart rate. While many of its excellent features work out of the box, one option is often turned off by default, and it’s the one option that could very well save someone’s life. We’re talking about Fall Detection, the Apple Watch’s “Life Alert” feature. While many of us remember the iconic “ I’ve fallen and I can’t get up ” moment from those old ads, it’s not a joke, and your Apple Watch really can save you in such a situation. How Fall Detection works When your watch thinks you have taken a fall, it sends you an alert asking as much. If you’re fine, no big deal, just tap Cancel on the alert. However, if you don’t respond for a minute, and the Apple Watch senses no movement, it begins a 30-second countdown. In that time, it sounds an alarm that gets louder and louder, while tapping your wrist with haptics. If you don’t tap Cancel after 30 seconds, the watch will contact 911 on your behalf. Apple Watch sends an automated message to emergency services letting them know that it detected a fall, but it also texts your emergency contacts to give them a heads up. This combination of messages has saved people from some precarious situations, stories of which have popped up in the news with alarming frequency. […]