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Home Safety Checklist For Jamestown

Keeping safe and secure in your residence should be your topmost concern. But are you missing one or two useful safety components? Look over this home safety checklist for Jamestown and find out where your house requires greater attention.

This guide begins with a few whole-house safety techniques, and then we whittle it down to specific room ideas. Then, contact (601) 292-9548 or fill out the form below to speak to a security agent.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

Whole Home Safety Checklist for Jamestown

While you may want to take a room-by-room approach to home safety, there are a few things that are practical for each part of your house. These items can talk to each other through a touchscreen hub, and can even work off other things. You can also control every one of your home safety devices using a smartphone app, like ADT Control:

  • Monitored Security System: All your entryways should use a sensor that warns you to intrusion. After an alarm triggers, your monitoring agent answers the alert and quickly contacts the police or fire department.

  • Smart Bulbs For Each Room: Sure, you can schedule your smart lighting to make your house more eco-conscience. But smart lights can also help you stay safe in an emergency. Make your lights come on when a sensor trips to scare off intruders or light a path to a secure location.

  • Smart Thermostat: Like your smart lights, a smart thermostat in Jamestown should save you 10%-15% in energy spending. Also, it can flip on an exhaust fan when your alarms senses a fire.

  • Monitored Fire Detectors: It’s code that you need to have a smoke detector on every level of your house. You can increase your fire readiness by hanging a monitored fire detector that looks for both heat and smoke, and notifies your round-the-clock monitoring team when it thinks that there’s a fire.

  • Smart Lock For Every Door: Every doorway that uses a keyed lock can be made safer with a smart lock. Now you can assign codes to family and friends and receive texts to your phone when your locks are unlocked. Your doors can even automatically turn off, letting you quickly leave when you have a fire or other emergency.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Family Room/Living Room Safety Checklist For Jamestown

You’ll spend most of your time in your living room, so it may be the best room to start making your home more secure. Popular items, like a TV or video games, probably sit in your living room, making it a popular space for burglars. Start with installing a motion detector or indoor security camera by the doorway, then continue on with all these safety protocols:

  • Motion Detectors: By hanging motion detectors, you’ll get a loud noise whenever they detect suspicious motion in your living room. You’ll want motion sensors that filter out pets or you’ll see a tripped alarm each time your cat comes in for a drink of water.

  • Indoor Security Camera: An indoor security camera puts a constant watch on your family room. View constant feeds of everything so you can see what’s downstairs through the mobile app. Or chat with family members when they come home from school by using the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Outlet Maintenance: Protect all your electronics and stop overtaxing your outlets with a surge protector. For added energy-efficiency, set up a smart plug with a surge protector built-in.

  • Furniture Attached To The Wall: If you have babies or toddlers, you’ll want to bolt your bookshelves and entertainment center to your wall. This is extra important if your living room has carpet that might make objects extra unstable.

  • Special Locks For Sliding Glass Doors: If your family room uses a sliding glass door that slides out to a backyard, deck, or screened-in porch, you already get that the lock is usually flimsy. Install a special lock, like a bottom bar or small locks that bolt to the bottom and top of the frame.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Jamestown

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

  • Fire Extinguisher: A fire can spring up from an unwatched frying pan or an errant grease splatter. Always store a fire extinguisher at the ready for any kitchen mishaps.

  • GFCI Box On Each Outlet: A circuit interrupter outlet should be installed on outlets where they’re by running water to ward off a deadly shock. That means the outlets by your sink and kitchen counter. Since the late ‘80s, it’s been required to have one circuit interrupter outlet per dedicated circuit. But if you don’t want all your outlets to go dead when one outlet flips, you’ll want to use a separate GFCI on each outlet.

  • Monitored CO Detector: A CO detector is recommended for kitchens that have gas for the oven and range. If your gas lines spring a leak, the carbon monoxide detector will cause a loud noise and contact your monitoring professional.

  • Cleaning Wipes Or Spray: The most overlooked safety issue in the kitchen is the viruses, bacteria, and protein from blood from meat and other foods. Always keep cleaning wipes or a bleach spray to clean your area when making a meal.

  • Freezer and Refrigerator Alarm: The food items in the fridge have to remain at a chilly temperature to be healthy to eat. If you leave the fridge or freezer door ajar, then an alarm beep will let you know so you can shut it securely. Some appliances already have this installed, others don’t, and you’ll have to get an external alarm from online.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Jamestown

Just because there’s not a bunch of room in your bathroom, you will still have safety hazards. From flood detectors to electric safety, here are a few safety ideas for your bathroom:

  • Flood Sensors: A leaking sink or shower can lead to extensive damage. Deal with leaks early with a flood detector and save a bunch of money from renovations.

  • Textured Bathroom Mats: A slip and fall in the bathroom can be painful, causing pulled muscles, sore joints, or broken bones. Make sure you steer clear from these hazards with a textured bath mat for after your bath or shower.

  • Textured Bathtub Stickies: Like a tiled floor, a bathtub can be a slick area to be on. It’s a good idea that every bathtub has some non-slip strips so your feet and toes have a rough patch to gain traction.

  • Medicine Door Lock: If you have young toddlers or anyone with memory difficulties, you have to take additional precautions regarding prescription medicine. Secure your pills and syrups by using a medicine cabinet with a child-proof lock.

  • Circuit Interrupter Outlet: Just like the kitchen, you will have to also put in a surge protecting circuit interrupter outlet on every bathroom receptacle. These will shut off the electric current if water splashes on them or they experience a harmful surge from an electric razor or hair dryer.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Children’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Jamestown

A child’s bedroom should counterbalance safety with manageability. If their window coverings or other things are safe but hard to use, then your children may try dangerous methods -- like climb a bookshelf -- to open them. Try these easy, yet safe, ideas:

  • Cordless Window Treatments: Safety agencies have identified cords from shades and blinds a secret problem for children and animals. Install motorized treatments that your child can easily manage through a remote. Or better yet, connect your shades to your ADT smart hub so they open without anyone’s help when the sun comes up, and lower in the evening for added darkness.

  • Indoor Security Camera: An indoor security camera perched on your child’s dresser can act as a baby monitor that you can watch from a smartphone. And when they need your help, they can hit the intercom talk feature on the camera.

  • Outlet Plug Covers: While each outlet should have covers on them for your little children, this is doubly important in their bedroom. It’s the main place in your home where your children will most likely play by themselves without consistent additional supervision.

  • Window Safety Ladder: If you use bedrooms on above the first story, then you should put in a window escape ladder. These will help your children get out of their room in case the stairs or downstairs are on fire. Just remember to practice how to unfurl the ladder a few times a year.

  • Toy Chest Or Low Bookshelves: It’s interesting to think about a toy box as a safety device, but you’ll see the light if you’ve ever walked on a Lego in your stocking feet. A clutter-free floor gives your child a quick way out when there’s a safety or security event.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist For Jamestown

The master bedroom should be your calm space, so let your safety components give you peace of mind when you have an emergency event. After all, being wrenched awake by a high-decibel siren can be confusing.

  • Smart Hub Touchscreen: Having a touchscreen on your dresser lets you see what’s going on without getting out of bed. You could also log into your ADT phone app but, the HD touchscreen is often easier to manage to use when you’re coming out of sleep and disoriented.

  • Phone Charging Station: We rely on our cell phones for almost everything now alarms, internet searches, game machines, and --legend has it-- even phones. But, a depleted phone will cut us off from the outside world if there’s a problem. So, a charging station or cord is should be used nightly.

  • Nightlights Or Voice Activated Smart Lights: A tiny light can be a beacon when you’re jolted awake from an alarm or other loud sounds. If you won’t drift off to sleep with a small nightlight, put in a smart bulb in your bedroom. Then you can have light simply with a mobile device or vocal command.

  • Fireproof Safe: Keep your essential documents like birth certificates, stock certificates, or banking information in a fireproof safe. This can be a big one that is located in a corner or a small portable safe that you can snatch on your way out during a fire or break-in.

  • Heat Sensor: The drawback with bedrooms is that they tend to feel too stuffy or be cold 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 a wonderful climate.

Garage Safety Checklist

Garage/Basement Safety Checklist For Jamestown

Most safety problems in the garage or basement deal with your pipes or furnace. Finding problems before they start can stop larger emergencies later on. So, as you look around your garage or basement, pay attention to these safety items:

  • Flood Sensor Or Sump Pump Alarm: Putting a flood alarm next to your water heater or sump pump drain can stop 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?

  • Carbon Monoxide Detector: It’s smart to hang a CO detector in areas where a gas leak can happen. If you use gas heat, try to hang an alarm in the same room as your unit.

  • Wireless Water Shutoff Valve: If your water sensor finds a plumbing leak or a broken pipe, then you need to shut off the primary water pipe quickly. With a wireless shutoff valve, you can turn off your water flow from any mobile device. That’s perfect when you’re on vacation and receive an emergency leak alert on your phone.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage door open leads to all types of issues. You can waste HVAC energy through that open door, and rodents or intruders can just wander in. A remote sensor will alert you to a neglected garage door and allow you to close it through the app.

  • Temperature Sensor: A temperature alarm in your garage or basement is handy if you fret about your pipes freezing. The temperature in these areas can be surprisingly different than your main rooms of the house, so you will need to have a constant look on the temp with your mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Outside Perimeter Safety Checklist for Jamestown

Your yard, drive, and front porch are just as important to secure as the inside of your house. Try this checklist to defend your perimeter:

  • Outdoor Security Camera: You can install outdoor cameras to guard against unusual 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 Bushes: Overgrown shrubs can offer some solitude, but they also hinder your view of the yard and curb. Don’t offer potential thieves a place to hide. Plus, high bushes or trees around your home can jam up gutters and bring in pests.

  • ADT Signage: One of the most popular discouragements for home intrusion is telling aspiring rogues that you own an updated security system. An ADT yard sign by the front door and a window sticker will alert ne'er-do-wells that they might want to shove off to an less prepared score.

  • Motion Triggered Flood Light Fixtures: Light is the greatest deterrent to people who sneak around in the unlit places. Motion-activated flood lights on your deck, porch, or garage can help scare lurkers away. Lights also help you get inside when you come home late after work.

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

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t install each household item on your Jamestown home safety checklist, we can discuss a powerful home security. With easy-to-use devices and ADT monitoring, we can install the ideal system for your house’s needs. Simply call (601) 292-9548 for more information or complete the form below. Or personalize your own ADT system with our Security System Designer.

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