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Home Safety Checklist For Springfield

Keeping safe and secure in your house should be your topmost responsibility. But are you overlooking one or two key safety components? Take this home safety checklist for Springfield and see where your home requires greater attention.

We give you five whole-home safety techniques, and then we delve down room-by-room. Then, contact (413) 213-4274 or fill out the form below for more information.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

Essential Home Safety Checklist for Springfield

While you may want to take a individual room approach to home safety, there are some things that are good for your entire home. These devices can sync with one another through a touchscreen hub, and can even respond to other components. You can also control every one of your home safety components with a mobile app, like ADT Control:

  • Monitored Home Security System: All your entryways should have a sensor that warns you and your family to forced entry. After the alarm goes off, your monitoring agent answers the alert and sends a first responder.

  • Smart Lights For Each Room: Of course, you can schedule your smart lights to make your house more eco-conscience. But smart lights can also help you stay safe during an emergency. Make your downstairs lights flash on when a sensor goes off to scare off burglars or brighten a path to a safe location.

  • Smart Thermostat: Like your smart lights, a smart thermostat in Springfield can save you between 10%-15% in utility spending. It also can flip on an exhaust fan when your alarms senses a fire.

  • Monitored Fire Alarms: At the very least, you need to have a smoke detector on every level. You can improve your fire preparedness by utilizing a monitored fire detector that looks for excessive heat and smoke, and notifies your 24/7 monitoring agents when it thinks that there’s a fire.

  • Smart Locks: Every door that needs a deadbolt can upgrade to a smart lock. Now you can assign codes to friends and family and get notifications to your mobile device when the locks are used. Your smart lock can even automatically unlock, allowing you to quickly leave during a fire or other emergency.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Family Room/Living Room Safety Checklist For Springfield

You’ll spend most of your time in your living room, so it may be the perfect place to optimize your home safety. Electronics, like a TV or stereo system, typically sit in your family room, making it an alluring area for robbers. Start with hanging a motion sensor or indoor security camera in there, then continue on with some of these ideas:

  • Motion Sensors: By hanging motion detectors, you’ll get a shrieking alarm if they sense unusual movement in your family room. You’ll want motion detectors that aren’t set off by pet movements or you’ll get a tripped alarm every time your pet passes through for a drink of water.

  • Security Camera: An indoor security camera puts an eye on your family room. Watch live feeds of everything so you can see what’s downstairs from the mobile app. Or talk with your kids when they arrive home from playing using the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Cord Maintenance: Safeguard expensive electronics and quit overloading your outlets with a surge protector. For added energy-efficiency, set up a smart plug with a surge protector in the unit.

  • Entertainment Center Secured To The Wall: If you have curious kids, you’ll need to bolt your heavy furniture and entertainment center to your wall. This is extra important if your family room uses carpet that could make objects extra wobbly.

  • Special Locks For Sliding Doors: If your family room has a sliding glass door that slides out to a patio, deck, or screened-in porch, you probably get that the lock is usually worthless. Put in a special lock, like a metal bar or locks that are located on the bottom and top of the opening.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Springfield

The kitchen has room for items that can provide safety to your home. Many of these objects are also a snap to add and can be bought from the Target or Walmart:

  • Fire Extinguisher: Fire can happen from an unwatched frying pan or a faulty burner. Always have a fire extinguisher at hand for any kitchen mishaps.

  • GFCI Box On Every Outlet: A circuit interrupter outlet should be used everywhere they’re by water to lessen the chance of an electric shock. That means the plugs by your sink and kitchen counter. Since 1987, it’s been code to have one circuit interrupter outlet per dedicated circuit. But if you don’t want every outlet to flip off when one outlet surges, you’ll want to install a separate GFCI on each outlet.

  • Monitored Carbon Monoxide Detector: A CO detector is needed in spaces that have a gas oven and range. If your gas appliances malfunction, the CO detector will cause a high-decibel siren and call your monitoring expert.

  • Disinfectant Wipes Or Spray: The biggest safety issue in the kitchen is the invisible bacteria and cross-contamination that comes with uncooked meat and other foods. Always keep antiviral wipes or spray to clean your counters before and after cooking.

  • Refrigerator/Freezer Alarm: The milk, meat, and perishables in your fridge have to stay at a chilly temperature to stay ready to use. If you accidently leave the freezer or refrigerator door ajar, then a constant beep will tell you to shut it securely. Some fridges come with a pre-installed alarm, some don’t, and you’ll have to buy a fridge alarm from the hardware store.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Springfield

Just because you may not have a bunch of space in your bathroom doesn’t mean that there aren’t safety concerns. From water problems to medicine care, here are five safety improvements for your bathroom:

  • Flood Detectors: A leaking sink or shower can cause an expensive amount of damage. Find a leak with a flood detector and save yourself from reflooring the whole bathroom.

  • Non-slip Shower Mats: A slip and fall in the bathroom can be painful, causing pulled muscles, gashed heads, or broken bones. Make sure you prevent these problems with a no-slip bathroom mat for your wet feet.

  • Non-slip Bathtub Stickies: Likewise, a tub can be a slippery place to stand in. It’s a good idea that each tub has some no-slip stickies so your toes have a rough patch to gain traction.

  • Medicine Door Latch: If you have curious children or a family member with memory difficulties, you should take additional care regarding prescription medicine. Hide away your prescriptions by using a medicine cabinet with a locking latch.

  • GFCI Circuits: Similarly to the kitchen, you should also install a grounded circuit interrupter outlet on each bathroom receptacle. This will shut off the electricity if water enters the outlet or there’s an unusual jolt from an electric razor or hair dryer.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Child’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Springfield

A child’s bedroom should pair safety with manageability. If their window treatments or other things are safe but hard to use, then your kids may perform dangerous methods -- like shimmying up a dresser -- to use them. Here are 5 straightforward, yet safe, ideas:

  • No Cord Window Treatments: Safety professionals have identified cords from shades and blinds a secret danger for kids and pets. Install motorized treatments that you can easily control through a remote control. Or even better, pair your motorized treatments to your ADT smart hub so they open without anyone’s help when the sun comes up, and close in the evening for added darkness.

  • Indoor Security Camera: A camera placed on your toddler’s dresser can double as a high tech baby monitor that you can view from a smartphone. And if they want something, they can push the intercom talk button included on the camera.

  • Outlet Plug Covers: While every outlet should use covers on them when you have small children, this is doubly important in their bedroom. It’s the one room in your home where your toddler will most likely play by themselves without consistent additional supervision.

  • Window Fire Ladder: If you have bedrooms on above the first level, then you should install a window escape ladder. These should help a child escape in case the hallway or ground floor are blocked off with fire. Just remember to go over how to use them a few times a year.

  • Toy Box Or Low Bookshelves: It’s weird to think about a toy box as a safety device, but you’ll get it if you’ve ever walked on an action figure in your socked feet. A uncluttered floor let your child have a quick retreat if there’s an emergency.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Main Bedroom Safety Checklist For Springfield

The main bedroom should be a refuge, so let your safety components make life easier when there's an emergency. After all, being jerked awake by a high-decibel siren can be quite a shock.

  • Home Security Touchscreen: Having a smart hub on your nightstand helps you know what’s going on without leaving your bed. You could alternatively log into your ADT mobile app but, the touchscreen is often easier to use to use when you’re yawning and confused.

  • Device Charging Station: We use our cell phones for so much now GPS, web browsers, social media, and maybe even phones. But, an uncharged device can cut us off from communications if during an emergency. So, a charging cord or station becomes an essential.

  • Nightlight/Smart Lights: A small light can calm you when you’re jolted awake from a siren or other loud noises. If you have trouble falling asleep with a nightlight, put in smart lights in your bedroom and hall. Then you can have light simply with a button push or voice direction.

  • Fireproof Safe: Stash your vital papers like insurance cards, medical information, or a spare checkbook in a fireproof safe. This can be a large one that is located in a corner or a slender handheld lockbox that you can snatch when you leave during a fire or break-in.

  • Heat Sensor: The problem with a master bedroom is that they can be too hot or be cold because they sit far away from the thermostat. A heat sensor will communicate to your smart thermostat so you will have a pleasant, relaxing sleep at the perfect climate.

Garage Safety Checklist

Basement/Garage Safety Checklist For Springfield

Most safety needs in the basement or garage are with your water or heating system. Finding problems early can prevent bigger disasters in the future. So, as you look around your garage or basement, check over these crucial items:

  • Water Detector Or Sump Pump Alarm: Placing a flood sensor next to your water heater and sump pump can stop you from finding a pond when you walk into your garage or basement. The last you need is to spend the weekend getting rid of standing water and going through all those ruined boxes.

  • CO Alarm: It’s nice to install a carbon monoxide detector in a place where a natural gas leak can occur. If you employ gas heat, try to install an alarm in the same room as your unit.

  • Wireless Water Shutoff Valve: If your flood alarm senses a hot water leak or a burst pipe, then you will have to cut off the primary water line immediately. With a wireless shutoff valve, you can block water flow from any mobile device. That’s perfect when you’re out of town and see an emergency leak text 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 all sorts of animals or thieves can just walk in. A sensor will text you about a neglected garage door and lets you lower it remotely.

  • Heat Sensor: A heat alarm in your garage or basement is a definite if you wonder about freezing pipes. The temperature in these areas can be drastically different than the rest of the home, so you will want to have a closer eye on them with your mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Home Perimeter Safety Checklist for Springfield

Your foliage, driveway, and front porch are just as important to make safe as the inside of your home. Try the items on this checklist to create a safe outside:

  • Outdoor Camera: You can hang outdoor security cameras to alert you to late night movement in your yard. These cameras are especially useful in areas where you might not have a window installed -- like a side yard or by the garage door.

  • Low Shrubs: Tall shrubs can create some solitude, but they also obscure your line of sight of the yard and curb. Don’t give potential thieves an area to hide. Plus, large bushes or greenery around your structure can obstruct gutters and bring in ants and termites.

  • ADT Signs And Decals: One of the biggest discouragements for home intrusion is alerting potential rogues that you own an updated ADT security system. An ADT yard sign by the stoop and a window cling will tell people that they might want to keep walking to an unprotected target.

  • Motion Triggered Outside Light Fixtures: Light is the largest deterrent to those who lurk in the dark. Motion-triggered lights on your porch, garage, or deck can help scare possible intruders away. They also help you get inside when you come to the house late at night.

Call Secure24 Alarm Systems To Help You Finish Your Home Safety Checklist for Springfield

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t install every item on your Springfield home safety checklist, we can bring you a powerful home security. With everything from alarms to thermostats, we can customize the perfect system for your home’s needs. Just call (413) 213-4274 to get started or send in the form below. Or customize your own system with our Security System Designer.

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