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Home Safety Checklist For Stockton

Staying safe and secure in your home should be your number one priority. But are you overlooking one or two key safety items? Use this home safety checklist for Stockton and see where your home requires greater attention.

We give you a few whole-home safety ideas, and then we delve down room-by-room. Then, contact (209) 226-4846 or complete the form below for more information.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

Basic Home Safety Checklist for Stockton

While you will want to employ a room-to-room method for home safety in Stockton, there are some items that work for the entire house approach. These devices can talk together through a touchscreen hub, and often can react to other things. You can also control each of your home safety components with a smartphone app, like ADT Control:

  • Monitored Security System: All your entryways should use a sensor that alerts you and your family to a break-in. As the alarm triggers, your monitoring agent answers the call and calls emergency personnel.

  • Smart Lighting For Each Room: Sure, you can schedule your smart lighting to become more efficient. But smart lights can also help you keep safe during an emergency. Make your downstairs lights flash on when a security alarm triggers to frighten off robbers or light a path to a safe area.

  • Smart Thermostat: Likewise, a smart thermostat in Stockton should save you between 10%-15% in energy spending. Also, it can turn on the exhaust fan if you have a fire.

  • Monitored Smoke Detectors: At the very least, you need to have a smoke detector on every floor. You can increase your fire preparedness by utilizing a monitored fire alarm that looks for unusual smoke and heat, and notifies your 24-hour monitoring team when it detects a fire.

  • Smart Lock For Every Door: Every entryway that needs a keyed lock can use a smart lock. Now you may assign codes to each family member and get notifications to your mobile device when the locks are activated. Your locks can even automatically unlock, allowing you to quickly get out when you have a fire or other emergency.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Family Room Safety Checklist For Stockton

You’ll hang out most in your living room, so it’s the best place to begin your home safety renovation. Highly sought after items, like a TV or video game console, typically sit in your family room, making it a tempting room for thieves. Begin with hanging a motion detector or indoor security camera in your room, then try the following safety protocols:

  • Motion Sensors: By hanging motion sensors, you’ll hear a high-decibel alarm whenever they sense suspicious motion within your family room. You’ll want motion sensors that aren’t set off by pets or you’ll have a tripped alarm each time your pet passes through for a drink of water.

  • Security Camera: An indoor security camera puts a visual on your living room. View real-time feeds of everything so you can find out what’s going on through the mobile app. Or speak with family members in the room with the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Cord Maintenance: Make sure you protect all your electronics and quit overburdening your circuits with a surge protector. For additional comfort, set up a smart plug with anti-surge functionality included.

  • Furniture Attached To The Wall: If you have babies or toddlers, you’ll need to attach your entertainment center or other heavy furniture to your wall. This is extra important if your living room has carpet that could make furniture extra unstable.

  • Enhanced Locks For Glass Doors: If your family room has a sliding glass door that leads to a deck, patio, or outside porch, you probably get that the latch is usually flimsy. Put in a custom lock, like a cross bar or small locks that secures the door to the top and bottom of the door frame.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Stockton

The kitchen has many items that can bring comfort and safety to your home. Most of these items are also a snap to add and can be bought from the Target or Walmart:

  • Fire Extinguisher: A fire can come from from a neglected skillet or a faulty burner. Always keep a fire extinguisher at the ready for any kitchen emergencies.

  • GFCI Box On Each Outlet: A GFCI outlet should be installed on outlets where there’s nearby water to prevent a deadly shock. That means the plugs close to your kitchen counter and sink. For 30 years, it’s been code to have one GFCI per dedicated circuit. But all your outlets will flip off if any outlet sees a surge, so try to install a single GFCI per outlet.

  • Monitored Carbon Monoxide Detector: A carbon monoxide detector is advised for the kitchen if you use gas for the oven and range. If your gas lines leak, the carbon monoxide detector will emit a loud, buzzing siren and call your monitoring agent.

  • Cleaning Wipes Or Spray: The biggest safety hazard in the kitchen is the viruses, bacteria, and contamination that comes with raw meat and vegetables. Always have disinfectant wipes or a bleach spray to sanitize your surfaces after cooking.

  • Freezer and Refrigerator Alarm: The food items in the fridge have to remain at a chilly temperature to be safe to use. If you accidently leave the freezer or refrigerator door open too long, then an alarm beep will remind you to check the seal. Some appliances already have a pre-installed alarm, others won’t, and you’ll have to pick up a refrigerator alarm from online.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Stockton

Just because you may not have a lot of room in your bathroom doesn’t mean that there aren’t safety issues. From water problems to electric safety, here are a few safety tips for your bathroom:

  • Flood Sensors: A leaking sink or bathtub can create a whole lot of destruction. Deal with a water problem with a flood detector before they bring about hundreds of dollars in damage.

  • Textured Bath Mats: A fall in the bathroom can be a painful occurrence, causing cuts, sore joints, or trips to the hospital. You can avoid these hazards with a non-slip bathroom mat for while you towel off.

  • Textured Bathtub Stickers: Like a tiled floor, a tub can be a slippery area to be on. Make sure each has some no-slip stickies so your feet and toes have a textured patch to grip.

  • Medicine Door Lock: If you have little kids or a family member with memory complications, you have to take additional precautions regarding medicine. Hide away your bottles by getting a medicine cabinet with a child-proof lock.

  • GFCI Circuits: Just like the kitchen, you should also use a safer circuit interrupter outlet on every bathroom outlet. This will stop the flow of the electricity if water splashes on them or they experience a sudden jolt from a curling iron or hair dryer.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Kid’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Stockton

Your kid’s bedroom should counterbalance safety with manageability. If their window coverings or other items are safe but hard to manage, then your children may perform risky methods -- like climb a chest of drawers -- to open them. Here are some simple, and safe, ideas:

  • No Cord Window Treatments: Safety agencies have long called window treatment cords a hidden hazard for both children and pets. Put in motorized treatments that you can easily control via remote. Or even better, link your motorized coverings to your security system so they can raise on a schedule when the sun comes up, and lower at night for extra privacy.

  • Indoor Security Camera: A camera sitting on your kid’s dresser can double as an HD baby monitor that you can watch from a mobile device. And when they want something, they can use the 2-way talk feature that comes with the camera.

  • Outlet Plug Covers: While each outlet should have covers on them to protect your little children, this is doubly urgent in a child’s bedroom. It’s the one room in your house where your toddler will most likely be solo without adult supervision.

  • Window Escape Ladder: If you use bedrooms on an upper story, then you should put in a window fire ladder. These can help your children leave the house even if the stairs or lower levels are blocked off with fire. Just remember to go over how to employ them at least twice a year.

  • Toy Chest Or Low Bookshelves: It’s strange to look at a toy chest as a safety item, but you’ll see the light if you’ve ever stepped on a building block in your bare feet. A clutter-free floor gives your child a quick way out during a safety or security event.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Main Bedroom Safety Checklist For Stockton

Your master bedroom should be a refuge, so let your safety components give you peace of mind when there's an emergency event. After all, being jerked awake by a wailing siren can be confusing.

  • Home Security Touchscreen: Having a touchscreen on your dresser helps you know what’s going on without getting out of bed. You could alternatively log into your ADT smartphone app. However, the large touchscreen is often easier to manage to use when you’re bleary-eyed and confused.

  • Personal Charging Station: We rely on our cell phones for so much now alarm clocks, internet searches, time wasters, and --legend has it-- even phones. But, a dead phone in the middle of the night cuts us off from communications if during an emergency. To keep it nice and ready, a an easy-to-use charging station is should be used nightly.

  • Nightlight/Smart Lights: A small light can calm you when you’re startled awake from a siren or unexpected sounds. If you won’t drift off to sleep with an outlet light, install smart lights in your bedroom and hall. Then you can control light anytime with a mobile device or voice command.

  • Fireproof Lockbox: Keep your essential papers like insurance cards, stock certificates, or banking information in a fireproof lockbox. Your safe can be a bigger one that camps out in a corner or a slender portable lockbox that you can grab on your way out during a fire or break-in.

  • Temperature Sensor: The drawback with bedrooms is that they can run too hot or be chilly because they sit across the house from the thermostat. A heat sensor can talk to your smart thermostat so you can have a pleasant, peaceful sleep at just the right climate.

Garage Safety Checklist

Garage/Basement Safety Checklist For Stockton

Most safety issues in the basement or garage are with your pipes or HVAC system. Seeing problems before they start can stop larger emergencies later on. So, as you walk around your basement or garage, check over these safety items:

  • Water Sensor Or Sump Pump Alarm: Putting a flood alarm next to your water heater and sump pump drain can stop you from finding a pond when you walk into your basement or garage. Do you really want to lose your night getting rid of standing water?

  • CO Detector: It’s smart to install a carbon monoxide detector in areas where a gas leak can occur. If you have gas heating, you should hang an alarm in the same place as your unit.

  • WiFi Water Shutoff Valve: If your flood alarm finds a plumbing leak or a burst pipe, then you will want to cap the primary water valve immediately. With a wireless shutoff valve, you can turn off your water flow from your phone. That’s helpful when you’re visiting relatives and get a water leak notification on your smartphone.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage up leads to all sorts of problems. You can waste HVAC energy through that gaping hole, and all sorts of animals or intruders can just wander in. A remote sensor will text you about an open garage door and allow you to close it remotely.

  • Heat Sensor: A heat alarm in your garage or basement is a definite if you wonder about your pipes freezing. The heat in these rooms can be drastically different than the rest of the home, so you will need to keep a close look on them by using the ADT mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Home Perimeter Safety Checklist for Stockton

Your landscaping, drive, and front step are just as imperative to secure as the interior of your home. Use this checklist to defend your perimeter:

  • Outdoor Camera: You can install outdoor security cameras to guard against unusual activity in your yard. These security cameras come in handy in areas where you may not have a window -- like a side yard or by the garage door.

  • Low Shrubs: High foliage can give you some serenity, but they also hinder you seeing into the yard. Don’t give potential thieves a dark shadow to hide. Plus, large shrubs or greenery around your house can obstruct gutters and bring in bugs.

  • ADT Signs And Decals: One of the largest deterrents for a thief is advertising to potential intruders that you use an updated security system. An ADT yard sign by the stoop and a window decal will alert ne'er-do-wells that they ought to keep walking to an less prepared house.

  • Motion Triggered Outside Lighting: Light is the best obstacle to people who lurk in the shadows. Motion-activated flood lights on your porch, garage, or deck can help scare possible intruders away. Flood lights also help you work the locks when you get back home late at night.

Call Secure24 Alarm Systems To Help Complete Your Home Safety Checklist for Stockton

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t install non-security devices on your Stockton home safety checklist, we can install a customized security system. With alarms, security cameras, and home automation, we can install the ideal system for your home’s needs. Simply contact (209) 226-4846 to get started or send in the form below. Or customize your own ADT system with our Security System Designer.