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Home Safety Checklist For Trenton

Staying safe and secure in your home should be your largest priority. But are you overlooking some useful safety components? Use this home safety checklist for Trenton and find out where your home can use some work.

This guide starts with some whole-house safety items, and then we whittle it down room-by-room. Then, contact (609) 256-4469 or send in the form below to talk to a security agent.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

Whole Home Safety Checklist for Trenton

While you will want to take a individual room process for home safety in Trenton, there are some things that work for the whole-house approach. These devices can sync with one another through a touchscreen hub, and oftentimes work off other things. You can also manage each of your home safety equipment through a mobile app, such as ADT Control:

  • Smart Bulbs For Each Room: Of course, you can set your smart lights to make your house more energy-efficient. But they can also allow you to keep safe in an emergency. Have your lights flash on when a sensor trips to scare off intruders or light your way to a outside location.

  • Smart Thermostat: Likewise, a smart thermostat in Trenton can save you between 10%-15% in utility spending. Also, it can start an exhaust fan when your alarms senses a fire.

  • Monitored Fire Detectors: At the very least, you should have a fire detector on every floor. You can improve your fire game by hanging a monitored fire detector that looks for unusual smoke and heat, and alerts your 24/7 monitoring experts when it thinks that there’s a fire.

  • Smart Door Locks: Every entryway that uses a deadbolt can upgrade to a smart lock. Now you can assign key codes to friends and family and get texts to your mobile device when they are activated. Your locks can even automatically turn off, helping you to quickly flee the house during an emergency.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Living Room/Family Room Safety Checklist For Trenton

You’ll spend a lot of time in your living room, so it’s the most reasonable room to start your home safety makeover. Popular items, like a big screen or stereo system, typically reside in your living room, making it a tempting space for thieves. Start with installing a motion detector or indoor camera in your room, then continue on with the following safety protocols:

  • Motion Sensors: By putting in motion sensors, you’ll hear a loud siren if they detect unusual motion within your living room. The best devices are motion detectors that aren’t set off by a dog or cat or you’ll see your sirens go off every time your pet passes through for a drink of water.

  • Indoor Security Camera: An indoor security camera offers a constant watch on your living room. View real-time streams of the area so you can find out what’s happening without leaving your bed. Or chat with your family when they get home from school by using the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Outlet Maintenance: Protect those electronics and quit overburdening your electric system with a surge protector. For added energy-efficiency, set up a smart plug with surge protection in the unit.

  • Furniture Attached To The Wall: If you have babies or toddlers, you’ll need to attach your heavy furniture and entertainment center to your wall. This is extra important if your family room has carpeting that might make furniture extra wobbly.

  • Enhanced Locks For Sliding Doors: If your family room uses a sliding door that leads to a backyard, deck, or porch, you already get that the door lock is pretty worthless. Use a special lock, like a metal bar or small locks that bolt to the bottom and top of the opening.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Trenton

Your kitchen has plenty of items that should provide safety to your home. Many of these objects are also easy to add and should be found in the grocery store:

  • Fire Extinguisher: Fire can come from from an unwatched pot or a faulty burner. Always have a fire extinguisher at the ready for any kitchen mishaps.

  • GFCI Box On Every Outlet: A GFCI outlet should be installed on outlets where they’re by water to ward off a deadly shock. That includes the outlets around your sink and kitchen counter. Since 1987, it’s been required to have one GFCI per dedicated circuit. But if you don’t want your whole kitchen to go dead when one outlet flips, try to use a single GFCI per outlet.

  • Monitored CO Detector: A CO detector is handy in the kitchen if you use a gas oven and stove. If your gas lines spring a leak, the CO detector will emit a high-decibel sound and contact your monitoring expert.

  • Clorox Wipes Or Spray: The biggest safety issue in the kitchen is the viruses, bacteria, and protein that comes with blood from meat and vegetables. Always store antiviral wipes or spray to sanitize your counters before and after making a meal.

  • Freezer and Refrigerator Alarm: The food items in your fridge should remain at a chilly temperature to stay ready to use. If you leave the refrigerator door open too long, then a constant beep will remind you to shut it securely. Some appliances already have an alarm, older models won’t, and you’ll have to buy a fridge alarm from the hardware store.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Trenton

Just because you don’t a bunch of room in your bathroom there’s still safety hazards. From water problems to electric safety, here are five safety ideas for your bathroom:

  • Flood Sensors: A leaking sink or bathtub can create extensive destruction. Discover a water problem with a flood detector and save yourself from renovating the entire bathroom.

  • Non-slip Bathroom Mats: A slip in the bathroom can be painful, causing pulled muscles, gashed heads, or broken bones. Or avoid these issues with a textured bath mat for after your bath or shower.

  • Non-slip Bathtub Strips: Like a tiled floor, a tub basin can be a slick surface to move in. It’s a good idea that every has some textured strips so your toes have a rough patch for stability.

  • Medicine Door Lock: If you have young toddlers or anyone with memory lapses, you should take additional attention regarding prescribed medicine. Secure your bottles by installing a medicine cabinet with a child-proof lock.

  • GFCI Circuits: Similarly to the kitchen, you will have to also use a grounded GFCI outlet on each bathroom circuit. This will shut off the electricity if water splashes on them or they experience an unusual jolt from a hair dryer or curling iron.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Kid’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Trenton

Your child’s bedroom should pair safety with simplicity. If their window treatments or other items are safe but difficult to use, then your children may try unsafe methods -- like scale a chest of drawers -- to touch them. Here are some easy, and safe, ideas:

  • Cordless Window Treatments: Safety professionals have designated corded window treatments a hidden hazard for both children and pets. Install motorized blinds or shades that you can easily manage via remote control. Or even better, connect your motorized coverings to your security system so they can raise without anyone’s help when the sun comes up, and close at night for an easier sleep.

  • Tableside Security Camera: A security camera sitting on your child’s desk can act like an HD baby monitor that you can view with a mobile device. And if they want your help, they can use the two-way talk feature that comes with the camera.

  • Plug Covers: While each outlet should use protective covers on them to protect your little children, this is doubly important in their bedroom. It’s the main place in your home where your toddler will most likely play solo without constant adult supervision.

  • Window Fire Ladder: If you use bedrooms on above the first story, then you need to have a window safety ladder. These will help your children get out of their room even if the stairway or ground floor are engulfed in smoke and fire. Make sure to practice how to unfurl them a few times a year.

  • Toy Chest Or Low Shelves: It’s weird to view a toy chest as a safety component, but you’ll see the light if you’ve ever tramped on an action figure in your bare feet. A clean floor let your child have a quick escape if there’s an emergency.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Main Bedroom Safety Checklist For Trenton

The main bedroom should be an oasis, so let your safety components make life easier when there's an emergency event. After all, being jerked awake by a loud buzzer can be confusing.

  • Security System Touchscreen: Having a smart hub on your dresser helps you know what’s going on without getting out of bed. You could also log into your ADT phone app but, the HD touchscreen is often better to use when you’re yawning and disoriented.

  • Device Charging Stand: We depend on our phones for so much now alarm clocks, web browsers, social media, and sometimes even phones. The only problem is that a dead cell can cut us off from communications if there’s a problem. So, a charging station or cord becomes should be used nightly.

  • Smart Lights Or Nightlights: A small light helps ground you when you’re bolted awake from a fire alarm or other loud sounds. If you have trouble falling asleep with a small nightlight, put in smart bulbs in your fixtures. Then you can get light on-demand with a button push or voice direction.

  • Fireproof Safe: Keep your vital documents like birth certificates, stock certificates, or banking information in a fireproof safe. Your lockbox can be a bigger one that is located in your closet or a smaller handheld lockbox that you can grab when you leave during a fire or other emergency.

  • Heat Sensor: The problem with bedrooms is that they tend to be too hot or be cold since they are across the house from the thermostat. A heat sensor can talk to your smart thermostat so you should have a comfortable, restful sleep at the perfect climate.

Garage Safety Checklist

Basement/Garage Safety Checklist For Trenton

Most safety needs in the basement or garage are with your water heater or heating system. Finding problems at the source can stave away bigger emergencies in the future. So, as you walk around your storage areas, pay attention to these crucial items:

  • Water Detector Or Sump Pump Alarm: Putting a flood sensor in back of your water heater and sump pump can save you from finding a lake when you go into your basement or garage. Do you really want to lose your night getting rid of standing water?

  • Carbon Monoxide Detector: It’s nice to hang a CO detector in areas where a gas leak can occur. If you use gas heat, you should put an alarm in the same room as your inbound pipes.

  • Wireless Water Shutoff Valve: If your water alarm finds a hot water heater leak or a broken pipe, then you need to shut off the main water pipe immediately. With a wireless shutoff valve, you can stop water flow from your phone. That’s nice when you’re visiting relatives and see a water leak text on your mobile device.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage door up leads to all sorts of headaches. You can waste heat through that large opening, and critters or lurkers can just walk in. A sensor will notify you about a neglected garage door and allow you to close it through the app.

  • Heat Sensor: A temperature alarm in your garage or basement is essential if you worry about your pipes freezing. The heat in these rooms can be wildly different than the main part of the house, so you will need to keep a closer eye on the temperature by using your security mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Outside Perimeter Safety Checklist for Trenton

Your yard, driveway, and front porch are just as crucial to secure as the inside of your home. Use this checklist to defend your perimeter:

  • Outdoor Security Camera: You can hang outdoor security cameras to alert you to late night activity in your yard. These devices come in handy in places where you may not have a window installed -- like a side yard or by the driveway.

  • Window Height Bushes: Tall bushes can offer some serenity, but they also hinder you seeing into the outside. Don’t offer potential thieves a place to hide. Plus, large bushes, shrubs or greenery around your home can clog gutters and invite pests.

  • ADT Signs And Decals: One of the largest deterrents for a thief is telling would-be rogues that you use a monitored home security system. An ADT yard sign by the front door and a window decal will alert lurkers that they might want to keep walking to an less prepared house.

  • Motion Controlled Outside Lights: Light is the largest deterrent to people who skulk in the shadows. Motion-triggered lighting on your porch, garage, or deck can shoo possible intruders away. Lights also help you work the locks when you come to the house late at night.

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

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t help you with each household item on your Trenton home safety checklist, we can offer a powerful home security system. With everything from alarms to thermostats, we can customize the ideal system for your home’s needs. Simply contact (609) 256-4469 for more information or complete the form below. Or personalize your own system with our Security System Designer.

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