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Home Safety Checklist For Concord

Keeping safe and secure in your residence should be your number one priority. But are you forgetting one or two useful safety components? Use this home safety checklist for Concord and find out where your home needs some work.

This guide begins with five whole-home safety techniques, and then we whittle it down room-by-room. Then, you can call (603) 945-0837 or send in the form below to get your home ready.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

Basic Home Safety Checklist for Concord

While you may want to use a room-to-room method for home safety in Concord, there are some things that work for the whole-house approach. These devices can sync together through a wireless hub, and can even react to one another. You might also manage every one of your home safety equipment with a smartphone app, such as ADT Control:

  • Monitored Security System: All your doors and windows should employ a sensor that alerts you to intrusion. After your alarm goes off, your monitoring center picks up the call and quickly sends a first responder.

  • Smart Lighting For Most Rooms: Sure, you can program your smart bulbs to become more energy-efficient. But they can also help you remain safe throughout an emergency. Have your smart bulbs flash on when a security alarm trips to scare off intruders or brighten a path to a secure place.

  • Smart Thermostat: Like your smart lights, a smart thermostat in Concord could save you 10%-15% in gas and electric spending. But it also can flip on an exhaust fan during a fire.

  • Monitored Smoke Detectors: It’s code that you will have a smoke detector on each level of your house. You can improve your fire readiness by installing a monitored fire detector that senses excessive heat and smoke, and notifies your 24-hour monitoring experts when it detects a fire.

  • Smart Locks: Every door that uses a keyed lock can use a smart lock. Now you may set key codes to each family member and receive texts to your mobile device when the locks are activated. Your smart lock can even automatically unlock, helping you to quickly get out if you have a fire or dangerous situation.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Family Room Safety Checklist For Concord

You’ll spend a lot of time in the living room, so it’s the perfect place to begin your home safety renovation. Popular items, like a TV or stereo system, probably are located in your living room, making it a popular room for thieves. Start with placing a motion detector or security camera by the doorway, then continue on with all these suggestions:

  • Motion Detectors: By putting in motion detectors, you’ll hear a high-decibel alarm whenever they sense unexpected movement within your family room. You’ll want motion detectors that filter out pets or you’ll get an alert each time your cat comes in for a bite of food.

  • Security Camera: An indoor security camera gives you an eye on your family room. View real-time feeds of the area so you can find out what’s happening without leaving your bed. Or talk with your kids when they come back from school using the two-way talk feature.

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

  • Entertainment Center Bolted To The Wall: If you have curious kids, you’ll want to secure your entertainment center or other heavy furniture to your wall. This is extra important if your family room uses carpeting that can make heavy objects extra wobbly.

  • Special Locks For Sliding Glass Doors: If your living room uses a sliding glass door that opens to a backyard, deck, or outside porch, you probably can see that the latch is pretty thin. Put in an enhanced lock, like a metal bar or small locks that are located on the bottom and top of the frame.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Concord

The kitchen has many items that can bring safety and security to your home. Some of these objects are also easy to add and can be purchased from the a retail store:

  • Fire Extinguisher: A fire can come from from an overfilled skillet or a towel that’s too close to a burner. Always store a fire extinguisher at the ready for any kitchen emergencies.

  • Circuit Interrupter Box On Every Outlet: A GFCI outlet should be used anywhere they’re by water to prevent an electric shock. That includes the plug outlets by your kitchen counter and sink. Since 1987, it’s been code to have one circuit interrupter outlet per circuit. But all your outlets will go dead if any outlet senses a surge, so you’re going to want to install a separate GFCI on each outlet.

  • Monitored Carbon Monoxide Detector: A carbon monoxide detector is needed in spaces that use gas for the stove and oven. If your gas lines spring a leak, the carbon monoxide detector will emit a loud, buzzing siren and call your monitoring professional.

  • Clorox Wipes Or Spray: The most overlooked safety issue in the kitchen is actually bacteria and protein that comes with uncooked meat and vegetables. Always store cleaning wipes or spray to scrub off your area when preparing food.

  • Refrigerator Alarm: The items in the refrigerator need to remain at a cold temperature to stay healthy to use. If you leave the fridge or freezer door open, then a small beep will tell you to check the seal. Some fridges come with a pre-installed alarm, some won’t, and you’ll have to get an external alarm from the store.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Concord

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

  • Flood Sensors: A leaking sink or tub can cause a whole lot of water damage. Get alerted early about water problems with a flood detector before they bring about hundreds to thousands of dollars in ruined floors, walls, and fixtures.

  • Non-slip Shower Mats: A fall in the bathroom can be devastating, causing bumps, bruises, or sprained ankles. Make sure you steer clear from these issues with a non-slip bathroom mat for your wet feet.

  • Textured Bathtub Stickers: Another water hazard, a tub can be a slick place to stand in. It’s a good idea that each bathtub has some no-slip strips so your feet and toes have a bumpy patch to grip.

  • Medicine Door Latch: If you have little kids or anyone with memory complications, you should take additional attention regarding prescribed medicine. Safeguard your bottles by using a medicine cabinet with a locking latch.

  • Circuit Interrupter Outlet: Just like the kitchen, you need to also install a surge protecting circuit interrupter outlet on every bathroom circuit. These will cut the electric current if water enters the outlet or there’s an unusual jolt from a hair dryer or curling iron.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Children’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Concord

Your child’s bedroom should pair safety with manageability. If their window treatments or other things are safe but tricky to use, then your kids may get around the device with unsafe activities -- like climb a bookshelf -- to use them. Here are some straightforward, yet safe, ideas:

  • Cordless Window Treatments: Safety professionals have long called window treatment cords a secret danger for children and animals. Put in motorized treatments that you can easily manage through a remote control. Or even better, connect your motorized treatments to your security system so they open automatically when the sun comes up, and close in the evening for added darkness.

  • Tableside Security Camera: A camera sitting on your kid’s desk or dresser can double as an HD baby monitor that you can see from a mobile device. And when they want your help, they can hit the intercom talk button on the camera.

  • Outlet Plug Covers: While each outlet should use protective covers on them when you have small children, this is doubly important in a child’s bedroom. It’s the main place in your house where your children will most likely hang out alone without consistent additional supervision.

  • Window Fire Ladder: If you have bedrooms on above the first level, then you need to put in a window escape ladder. These can help a young one leave the house in case the stairs or ground floor are engulfed in smoke and fire. Just remember to rehearse how to unfurl the ladder a few times a year.

  • Toy Chest Or Low Bookshelves: It’s interesting to look at a toy box as a safety device, but you’ll understand if you’ve ever tramped on a building block in your bare feet. A clean floor gives your child a quick escape when there’s a safety or security event.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Main Bedroom Safety Checklist For Concord

The bedroom should be your calm space, so let your safety devices make you more responsive if you have an emergency event. After all, being jerked awake by a loud alarm can be confusing.

  • Smart Hub Touchscreen: Having a touchscreen on your nightstand gives you a sense of what’s happening without leaving your bed. You could always turn on your ADT smartphone app but, the touchscreen is often faster to use when you’re bleary-eyed and disoriented.

  • Device Charging Area: We rely on our cell phones for almost everything now GPS, news readers, game machines, and sometimes even phones. The only problem is that a depleted cell can cut us off from reaching help if something goes wrong. To keep it nice and ready, a charging station or cord becomes an important part of your nightstand.

  • Smart Lights Or Nightlights: A tiny light can be a beacon when you’re startled awake from a siren or other noises. If you can’t fall asleep with an outlet light, install smart bulbs in your fixtures. Then you can have light on-demand with a button push or voice direction.

  • Fireproof Lockbox: Keep your important paperwork like social security cards, stock certificates, or a bankbook in a fireproof lockbox. Your safe can be a bigger one that camps out in your closet or a slender portable lockbox that you can snatch as you escape during a fire or break-in.

  • Heat Sensor: The problem with a master bedroom is that they might run too hot or be frigid since they are located far away from the thermostat. A heat sensor will communicate to your smart thermostat so you will have a nice, restful sleep at just the right climate.

Garage Safety Checklist

Garage/Basement Safety Checklist For Concord

Most safety problems in the basement or garage are with your water or HVAC system. Discovering issues before they start can prevent larger emergencies in the future. So, as you walk around your basement or garage, check over these safety items:

  • Water Sensor Or Sump Pump Alarm: Putting a flood sensor in back of your water heater and sump pump drain can prevent you from finding a pond when you step into your basement or garage. Do you really want to spend your day getting rid of standing water?

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

  • Remote Water Shutoff Valve: If your water alarm senses a plumbing leak or a busted pipe, then you need to shut off the main water line quickly. With a remote shutoff valve, you can stop water flow from your phone. That’s nice when you’re out of town and get a flood sensor text on your phone.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage up leads to all sorts of problems. You can waste HVAC energy through that open door, and rodents or lurkers can just saunder in. A remote sensor will alert you to a neglected garage door and lets you close it with your phone.

  • Temperature Sensor: A temperature sensor in your garage or basement is handy if you wonder about frozen pipes. The heat in these areas can be drastically different than your main rooms of the home, so you will need to have a close look on the temp by using the ADT mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Outside Perimeter Safety Checklist for Concord

Your front yard, driveway, and front porch are just as important to defend as the inside of your house. Use this checklist to make your outside safe:

  • Outdoor Camera: You can place outdoor cameras to notify you about suspicious movement in your back yard. These devices come in handy in areas where you might not have a window -- like a side yard or by the driveway.

  • Low Shrubs: Tall foliage can offer some solitude, but they also block your line of sight of the outside. Don’t provide potential thieves a place to hide. Plus, large bushes, shrubs or greenery against your home can obstruct gutters and summon ants and termites.

  • ADT Signage: One of the biggest discouragements for a break-in is alerting aspiring intruders that you use a state-of-the-art ADT security system. An ADT sign by the main walk and a window decal will show people that they might want to keep walking to an less prepared target.

  • Motion Activated Porch Light Fixtures: Light is the biggest enemy to people who sneak around in the dark. Motion-activated lighting on your porch, garage, or deck can shoo possible intruders away. Lights also help you see the walk when you arrive back home late after work.

Use Secure24 Alarm Systems To Help You With Your Home Safety Checklist for Concord

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t help you with non-security devices on your Concord home safety checklist, we can offer a customized security system. With alarms, security cameras, and home automation, we can personalize the best system for your house’s needs. Just call (603) 945-0837 to get started or fill out the form below. Or personalize your own system with our Security System Designer.