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Home Safety Checklist For Auburn

Being safe in your home should be your topmost responsibility. But are you overlooking one or two key safety items? Take this home safety checklist for Auburn and see where your house can use an update.

This guide begins with a few whole-house safety items, and then we whittle it down on a room level. Then, you can call (334) 219-8276 or send in the form below to speak to a security expert.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

Whole Home Safety Checklist for Auburn

While you will want to use a room-by-room approach to home safety, there are some items that work for all of your rooms. These items can link with one another through a wireless hub, and oftentimes work off other things. You might also control each of your home safety components using a mobile security app, like ADT Control:

  • Monitored Home Security System: All your windows and doors should use a sensor that notifies you and your family to a break-in. After your alarm trips, your monitoring expert picks up the call and quickly sends the police or fire department.

  • Smart Lighting For Most Rooms: Of course, you can set your smart bulbs to make your home more energy-efficient. But they can also allow you to stay safe during an emergency. Have your smart bulbs come on when a security alarm trips to frighten off burglars or light your way to a secure area.

  • Smart Thermostat: Like your smart lights, a smart thermostat in Auburn should save you 10%-15% in gas and electric spending. It also can start an exhaust fan when your alarms senses a fire.

  • Monitored Fire Detectors: At the very least, you need to have a fire detector on each floor. You can improve your fire game by utilizing a monitored fire alarm that senses unusual smoke and heat, and notifies your 24/7 monitoring experts when it senses a fire.

  • Smart Locks: Every door that uses a keyed lock can be made safer with a smart door lock. Now you may program key codes to each family member and receive alerts to your mobile device when they are used. Your smart lock can even automatically open, allowing you to quickly leave during a fire or dangerous situation.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Living Room/Family Room Safety Checklist For Auburn

You’ll spend a lot of time in the living room, so it may be the most reasonable area to optimize your home safety. Popular items, like a TV or video game console, probably are located in your living room, making it a popular area for burglars. Start with installing a motion sensor or indoor camera in there, then take a look at all these suggestions:

  • Motion Detectors: By putting in motion sensors, you’ll get a high-decibel siren if they sense suspicious movement within your living room. You’ll want motion detectors that aren’t set off by a dog or cat or you’ll see your sirens go off each time your cat passes through for a midnight stroll.

  • Indoor Camera: An indoor security camera gives you an eye on your family room. Watch constant streams of the area so you can see what’s going on from the mobile app. Or talk with your kids in the room with the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Cord Maintenance: Make sure you protect those electronics and quit overloading your outlets with a surge protector. For added convenience, set up a smart plug with anti-surge functionality built-in.

  • Furniture Bolted To The Wall: If you have any small children, you’ll want to attach your heavy furniture and entertainment center to the wall. This is especially important if your living room uses carpet that can make heavy objects extra wobbly.

  • Special Locks For Sliding Glass Doors: If your family room uses a sliding glass door that leads to a patio, deck, or porch, you know that the lock is pretty thin. Use an enhanced lock, like a cross bar or locks that secures the door to the top and bottom of the door frame.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Auburn

The kitchen has room for items that should add safety to your house. Most of these things are also a snap to add and can be found in the Target or Walmart:

  • Fire Extinguisher: Fire can spring up from a neglected pot or an errant grease splatter. Always store a fire extinguisher at hand for any cooking emergencies.

  • GFCI Box On Every Outlet: A circuit interrupter outlet should be installed everywhere they’re by running water to ward off an electric shock. That means the plug outlets by your sink and kitchen counter. Since 1987, it’s been standard to have one GFCI per circuit. But for simplicity’s sake, you’ll want to have a single GFCI for every outlet.

  • Monitored Carbon Monoxide Detector: A CO detector is needed in kitchens that have natural gas for the oven and stove. If your gas appliances spring a leak, the CO detector will emit a loud noise and ping your monitoring expert.

  • Clorox Wipes Or Spray: The biggest safety hazard in the kitchen is actually bacteria and protein that comes with blood from meat and vegetables. Always have antiviral wipes or a bleach spray to clean your counters after making a meal.

  • Refrigerator/Freezer Alarm: The food items in your fridge have to stay at a chilly temperature to stay ready to use. If you accidently leave the refrigerator door ajar, then a small beep will let you know so you can check the seal. Some fridges already have this installed, others don’t, and you’ll have to buy an external alarm from online.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Auburn

Just because you may not have a bunch of room in your bathroom, you will still have safety concerns. From flood detectors to medicine care, here are five safety improvements for your bathroom:

  • Flood Detectors: A leaking sink or tub can cause extensive destruction. Get alerted early about leaks with a flood detector before they generate hundreds of dollars in damage.

  • Non-slip Shower Mats: A fall in the bathroom can be painful, causing cuts, bruises, or trips to the hospital. Make sure you avoid these problems with a non-slip bathroom mat for while you towel off.

  • No-slip Bathtub Strips: Likewise, a bathtub can be a slick surface to stand in. Make sure every tub has some textured stickies so your feet have a bumpy patch to grip.

  • Medicine Door Lock: If you have little toddlers or a family member with memory lapses, you need to take extra care regarding prescription medicine. Safeguard your pills and syrups by using a medicine cabinet with a locking latch.

  • Circuit Interrupter Outlet: Just like the kitchen, you should also install a grounded circuit interrupter outlet on every bathroom circuit. This will cut the electric current if water enters the outlet or you have a harmful jolt from a curling iron or hair dryer.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Kid’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Auburn

Your kid’s bedroom should pair safety with accessibility. If their window treatments or other things are safe but difficult to operate, then your child may perform dangerous methods -- like scale a dresser -- to open them. Here are 5 easy, yet safe, ideas:

  • Cordless Window Coverings: Safety professionals have designated corded window treatments a secret problem for both children and pets. Use motorized shades that your child can easily control via remote. Or go state-of-the-art and link your motorized treatments to your ADT smart hub so they open without anyone’s help at dawn, and close at night for an easier sleep.

  • Indoor Security Camera: A camera perched on your child’s dresser can behave like a high tech baby monitor that you can see with a smartphone. And when they need something, they can push the 2-way talk button on the camera.

  • Plug Covers: While each outlet should have outlet safety caps on them to protect your small children, this is doubly important in a child’s bedroom. It’s the one place in your house where your children will most likely play alone without constant additional supervision.

  • Window Fire Ladder: If you use bedrooms on the second floor, then you should put in a window escape ladder. These can help your children leave the house in case the hallway or ground floor are blocked off with fire. Remember to go over how to use them a few times a year.

  • Toy Chest Or Low Bookshelves: It’s strange to think about a toy box as a safety device, but you’ll see the light if you’ve ever tramped on a building block in your stocking feet. A uncluttered floor means a quick escape when there’s a fire or break-in.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Main Bedroom Safety Checklist For Auburn

The bedroom should be an oasis, so let your safety devices make life easier when you have an emergency event. After all, being wrenched awake by a wailing alarm can be confusing.

  • Smart Hub Touchscreen: Having a touchscreen on your dresser lets you see what’s what that noise was without leaving your bed. You could alternatively use your ADT phone app but, the HD touchscreen can be faster to use when you’re yawning and confused.

  • Personal Charging Stand: We use our cell phones for almost everything now GPS, news readers, time wasters, and sometimes even phones. But, an uncharged device will cut us off from the outside world if there’s a problem. To keep it nice and ready, a charging cord or station becomes should be used nightly.

  • Nightlights Or Voice Activated Smart Lights: A tiny light helps ground you when you’re startled awake from a fire alarm or unexpected sounds. If you won’t drift off to sleep with a nightlight, use smart bulbs in your fixtures. Then you can get light simply with a button push or voice command.

  • Fireproof Safe: Store your essential documents like social security cards, stock certificates, or a bankbook in a fireproof lockbox. This can be a bigger one that is located in your closet or a small handheld safe that you can grab as you escape during a fire or other emergency.

  • Temperature Sensor: The drawback with most bedrooms is that they might run too hot or be cold because they sit far away from the thermostat. A heat sensor will talk to your smart thermostat so you should have a pleasant, peaceful sleep at the perfect temperature.

Garage Safety Checklist

Basement/Garage Safety Checklist For Auburn

Most safety issues in the basement or garage have to do with your pipes or furnace. Seeing issues at the source can stave away bigger problems in the future. So, as you walk around your basement or garage, pay attention to these crucial items:

  • Water Sensor Or Sump Pump Alarm: Placing a flood sensor next to your water heater and sump pump can prevent you from wading into a lake when you walk into your garage or basement. The last you need is to spend the weekend drying your floor and going through all those ruined boxes.

  • Carbon Monoxide Alarm: It’s beneficial to hang a CO detector in a place where a natural gas leak can occur. If you use gas heat, you should install an alarm in the same area as your inbound pipes.

  • Wireless Water Shutoff Valve: If your flood alarm detects a hot water leak or a burst pipe, then you need to cut off the main water pipe immediately. With a WiFi shutoff valve, you can block water flow from your phone. That’s nice when you’re on vacation and see an emergency leak text on your phone.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage up brings about all types of problems. You can waste HVAC energy through that large opening, and rodents or intruders can just wander in. A remote sensor will alert you to an open garage door and lets you lower it with your phone.

  • Temperature Sensor: A heat alarm in your garage or basement is essential if you fret about freezing pipes. The heat in these rooms can be drastically different than the rest of the house, so you will want to maintain a closer eye on them by using your mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Home Perimeter Safety Checklist for Auburn

Your front yard, drive, and front porch are just as imperative to defend as the rest of your house. Use this checklist to defend your perimeter:

  • Outdoor Security Camera: You can place outdoor security cameras to alert you to late night activity in your back yard. These cameras are especially useful in places where you may not have a window -- like around a cellar or by the garage door.

  • Window Height Bushes: High bushes can create some privacy, but they also block your line of sight of the yard and curb. Don’t provide potential burglars a dark shadow to hide. Plus, large bushes, shrubs or greenery around your house can jam up gutters and invite bugs.

  • ADT Signage: One of the biggest discouragements for home intrusion is alerting would-be intruders that you have a monitored ADT security system. An ADT yard stick by the front door and a window sticker will show ne'er-do-wells that they ought to move on to an easier house.

  • Motion Triggered Porch Light Fixtures: Light is the biggest enemy to people who skulk in the shadows. Motion-triggered lighting on your deck, porch, or garage can shoo lurkers away. They also help you see the walk when you come home on those dark, winter nights.

Call Secure24 Alarm Systems To Help You With Your Home Safety Checklist for Auburn

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t install each household item on your Auburn home safety checklist, we can install a customized home security. With alarms, security cameras, and home automation, we can install the ideal system for your family’s needs. Simply contact (334) 219-8276 and talk to a professional or fill out the form below. Or customize your own system with our Security System Designer.