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Home Safety Checklist For Fresno

Keeping safe in your house should be your topmost priority. But are you forgetting some big safety items? Look over this home safety checklist for Fresno and discover where your living space can use some work.

This guide begins with five whole-home safety items, and then we break it down on a room level. Then, you can call (559) 212-3897 or complete the form below for additional information.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

Whole Home Safety Checklist for Fresno

While you will want to employ a room-by-room approach to home safety in Fresno, there are some methods that work for a lot of your rooms. These items can talk with one another through a touchscreen hub, and oftentimes react to other components. You can also control all your home safety devices through a mobile security app, like ADT Control:

  • Monitored Home Security System: All your windows and doors should use a sensor that alerts you to intrusion. As the alarm goes off, your monitoring center responds to the call and calls the police or fire department.

  • Smart Lighting For Most Rooms: Of course, you can schedule your smart lighting to make your house more energy-efficient. But they can also allow you to remain safe in an emergency. Make your downstairs lights come on when a security alarm triggers to scare off intruders or brighten your way to a safe area.

  • Smart Thermostat: Likewise, a smart thermostat in Fresno can save you up to 15% in utility costs. Also, it can start your exhaust fan during a fire.

  • Monitored Smoke Detectors: At the very least, you will have a fire alarm on each level of your house. You can improve your fire readiness by installing a monitored fire detector that looks for unusual smoke and heat, and pings your round-the-clock monitoring agents when it thinks that there’s a fire.

  • Smart Door Locks: Every entryway that uses a deadbolt can be made safer with a smart door lock. Now you may preset key codes to each family member and receive alerts to your phone when they are activated. Your doors can even automatically turn off, allowing you to quickly get out when you have a fire or dangerous situation.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Family Room/Living Room Safety Checklist For Fresno

You’ll hang out most in your family room, so it’s the most reasonable room to start your home safety makeover. Highly sought after items, like your TV or video games, usually are located in your living room, making it a popular room for thieves. Begin with installing a motion sensor or security camera in there, then continue on with the following ideas:

  • Motion Sensors: By installing motion detectors, you’ll have a loud siren if they sense suspicious motion within your family room. You’ll want motion sensors that ignore pet movements or you’ll have your sirens go off every time your cat passes through for a drink of water.

  • Indoor Security Camera: An indoor security camera puts a constant watch on your family room. View real-time feeds of your room so you can know what’s happening through the mobile app. Or chat with your kids when they arrive back from playing by using the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Cord Maintenance: Protect all your electronics and stop overtaxing your circuits with a surge protector. For additional energy-efficiency, set up a smart plug with anti-surge functionality included.

  • Entertainment Center Attached To The Wall: If you have curious kids, you’ll need to attach your bookshelves and entertainment center to your wall. This is especially important if your living room uses rugs or carpet that could make objects extra unstable.

  • Special Locks For Glass Doors: If your living room uses a sliding glass door that slides out to a backyard, deck, or screened-in porch, you get that the door lock is fairly worthless. Install a special lock, like a metal bar or locks that are located on the top and bottom of the frame.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Fresno

The kitchen has room for items that should bring safety to your home. Some of these items are also easy to add and should be bought from the a retail store:

  • Fire Extinguisher: A fire can happen from an overfilled frying pan or a faulty burner. Always keep a fire extinguisher at hand for any cooking emergencies.

  • GFCI Box On Every Outlet: A GFCI outlet should be installed anywhere they’re by water to ward off an electric shock. That means the plug outlets close to your kitchen counter and sink. For 30 years, it’s been required to have one circuit interrupter outlet per circuit. But all your outlets will go dead if one outlet senses a surge, so you’re going to want to have an unchained GFCI per outlet.

  • Monitored Carbon Monoxide Detector: A CO detector is advised for spaces that use natural gas for the oven and stove. If your gas appliances malfunction, the CO detector will cause a loud, buzzing sound and contact your monitoring agent.

  • Clorox Wipes Or Spray: The biggest safety problem in the kitchen is the viruses, bacteria, and protein from raw meat and dairy. Always keep antiviral wipes or spray to clean your area after preparing food.

  • Freezer and Refrigerator Alarm: The milk, meat, and perishables in your fridge should stay at a cold temperature to be safe to eat. If you accidently leave the refrigerator door open too long, then a small beep will let you know so you can check the seal. Some refrigerators come with a pre-installed alarm, others don’t, and you’ll have to buy a refrigerator alarm from the store.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Fresno

Just because there’s not a lot of room in your bathroom there’s still safety hazards. From flood prevention to anti-surge outlets, here are a few safety tips for your bathroom:

  • Flood Detectors: A leaking toilet or shower can create an expensive amount of damage. Find out early about pooling water with a flood detector and save hundreds to thousands of dollars from renovations.

  • No-slip Bathroom Mats: A slip in the bathroom can be painful, causing bumps, gashed heads, or broken bones. Or avoid these problems with a textured bathroom mat for your wet feet.

  • Textured Bathtub Stickers: Another water hazard, a tub basin can be a slippery place to be on. It’s a good idea that every bathtub has some textured stickies so your feet and toes have a bumpy patch to grip.

  • Medicine Door Latch: If you have curious toddlers or a family member with memory complications, you should take extra care regarding prescribed medicine. Hide away your bottles by installing a medicine cabinet with a locking latch.

  • Circuit Interrupter Outlet: Just like the kitchen, you should also install a surge protecting GFCI outlet on every bathroom receptacle. These will cut the current if water splashes on them or you have a harmful spike from an electric razor or hair dryer.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Child’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Fresno

Your child’s bedroom should pair safety with accessibility. If their window shades or other items are safe but hard to use, then your child may perform unsafe activities -- like climb a dresser -- to touch them. Here are some easy, yet safe, ideas:

  • Cord-Free Window Coverings: Safety professionals have designated cords from shades and blinds a secret danger for both children and pets. Use motorized blinds or shades that you can easily open and close with a remote. Or go state-of-the-art and pair your shades to your ADT smart hub so they rise without anyone’s help when it’s time to get up, and go down at bedtime for an easier sleep.

  • Tableside Security Camera: An indoor security camera placed on your toddler’s desk or dresser can double as an HD baby monitor that you can watch from a mobile device. And when they want your help, they can use the two-way talk button included on the camera.

  • Plug Covers: While each outlet should have covers on them to protect your young children, this is doubly needed in their bedroom. It’s the one place in your home where your child will most likely be alone without parental supervision.

  • Window Escape Ladder: If you have bedrooms on the second level, then you will want to install a window fire ladder. These will let your children escape when the stairs or downstairs are on fire. Remember to go over how to use the ladder a few times a year.

  • Toy Chest Or Low Shelves: It’s strange to think about a toy chest as a safety device, but you’ll understand if you’ve ever stepped on an action figure in your socked feet. A uncluttered floor let your child have a quick escape if there’s a fire or break-in.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist For Fresno

The main bedroom should be an oasis, so let your safety items make life easier if there's an emergency. After all, being startled awake by a wailing buzzer can be quite a shock.

  • Home Security Touchscreen: Having a touchscreen on your bedside table helps you know what’s what that noise was without getting out of bed. You could always log into your ADT mobile app. However, the large touchscreen is often easier to use to use when you’re yawning and disoriented.

  • Personal Charging Area: We depend on our cell phones for so much now alarms, news readers, time wasters, and --legend has it-- even phones. However, a depleted device will cut us off from communications if something goes wrong. So, a charging station or cord becomes an essential.

  • Nightlight/Smart Lights: A plug-in light helps ground you when you’re bolted awake from a fire alarm or other loud sounds. If you can’t fall asleep with a small nightlight, put in a smart bulb in your bedroom. Then you can get light on-demand with a mobile device or voice command.

  • Fireproof Lockbox: Store your important papers like insurance cards, medical information, or banking information in a fireproof lockbox. Your lockbox can be a big one that is located in your closet or a smaller portable safe that you can snatch as you escape during a fire or other emergency.

  • Temperature Sensor: The issue with bedrooms is that they might feel too warm or be cold because they sit across the house from the thermostat. A temperature sensor will communicate to your smart thermostat so you can have a pleasant, peaceful sleep at a wonderful temperature.

Garage Safety Checklist

Garage/Basement Safety Checklist For Fresno

Most safety problems in the basement or garage are with your water heater or furnace. Discovering hazards early can stave away more devastating disasters in the future. So, as you take a look around your storage areas, take note of these safety items:

  • Flood Sensor Or Sump Pump Alarm: Installing a flood alarm next to your water heater and sump pump drain can save you from finding a mess when you step into your garage or basement. It’s much better than sifting through a heap of soiled storage boxes.

  • CO Alarm: It’s nice to hang a carbon monoxide alarm in a place where a gas leak can spring up. If you have gas heat, you should put an alarm in the same room as your HVAC unit.

  • WiFi Water Shutoff Valve: If your flood sensor finds a hot water leak or a busted pipe, then you will have to shut off the main water line at once. With a WiFi shutoff valve, you can stop water flow from your phone. That’s helpful when you’re visiting relatives and see an emergency leak notification on your phone.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage door up brings about all sorts of problems. You can lose a bunch of HVAC energy through that open door, and critters or lurkers can just walk in. A remote sensor will notify you about a neglected garage door and lets you close it remotely.

  • Heat Sensor: A temperature sensor in your basement or garage is a definite if you worry about your pipes freezing. The heat in these rooms can be wildly different than your main rooms of the home, so you may want to keep a close look on the temperature by using the ADT mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Home Perimeter Safety Checklist for Fresno

Your foliage, driveway, and front step are just as imperative to secure as the rest of your home. Use this checklist to make your outside safe:

  • Outdoor Camera: You can place outdoor cameras to alert you to late night lurkers in your yard. These devices are especially useful in places where you might not have a window -- like a side yard or by the garage.

  • Low Shrubbery: High shrubs can offer some serenity, but they also obscure your line of sight of the yard. Don’t give potential thieves an area to hide. Plus, tall shrubs or trees too close to your structure can jam up gutters and summon ants and termites.

  • ADT Yard Signs: One of the largest deterrents for home intrusion is alerting aspiring burglars that you have a state-of-the-art security system. An ADT yard sign by the main walk and a window cling will show people that they ought to shove off to an less prepared house.

  • Motion Controlled Outside Lights: Light is the largest enemy to people who sneak around in the unlit places. Motion-activated lighting on your deck, porch, or garage can frighten possible intruders away. Lights also help you get inside when you get back home on those dark, winter nights.

Contact Secure24 Alarm Systems To Help Complete Your Home Safety Checklist for Fresno

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t help you with every item on your Fresno home safety checklist, we can discuss a customized security system. With everything from alarms to thermostats, we can customize the perfect system for your home’s needs. Just call (559) 212-3897 for more information or complete the form below. Or personalize your own system with our Security System Designer.

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