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Home Safety Checklist For Lima

Keeping safe and secure in your home should be your number one priority. But are you missing one or two useful safety components? Take this home safety checklist for Lima and discover where your living space can use an update.

This guide begins with some whole-house safety ideas, and then we delve down room-by-room. Then, phone (419) 359-8743 or fill out the form below to speak to a security professional.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

General Home Safety Checklist for Lima

While you will want to employ a individual room approach to home safety in Lima, there are some methods that work for the whole-house approach. These components can talk to each other through a touchscreen hub, and oftentimes respond to other components. You can also control every one of your home safety equipment with a smartphone app, like ADT Control:

  • Monitored Security System: Each one of your doors and windows should use a sensor that alerts you to forced entry. As an alarm trips, your monitoring agent answers the alert and immediately sends emergency personnel.

  • Smart Bulbs For Most Rooms: Of course, you can program your smart bulbs to become more energy-efficient. But they can also help you keep safe during an emergency. Have your downstairs lights come on when a sensor goes off to scare off burglars or brighten your way to a safe area.

  • Smart Thermostat: Like your smart lights, a smart thermostat in Lima could save you 10%-15% in energy costs. Also, it can turn on an exhaust fan when your alarms senses a fire.

  • Monitored Smoke Detectors: At the very least, you need to have a fire alarm on each floor. You can improve your fire game by hanging a monitored fire detector that senses unusual smoke and heat, and pings your round-the-clock monitoring experts when it senses a fire.

  • Smart Door Locks: Every doorway that needs a deadbolt can use a smart lock. Now you may set key codes to friends and family and receive texts to your mobile device when your locks are used. Your smart lock can even automatically unlock, allowing you to quickly leave during an emergency.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Family Room Safety Checklist For Lima

You’ll hang out most in your family room, so it’s the most reasonable place to start making your house more secure. Electronics, like a big screen or video game console, probably sit in your family room, making it a popular space for robbers. Begin with hanging a motion detector or security camera by the doorway, then take a look at all these safety protocols:

  • Motion Detectors: By hanging motion sensors, you’ll hear a loud alarm whenever they sense unusual motion in your family room. You’ll want motion detectors that filter out pets or you’ll get a tripped alarm each time your pet roams by for a drink of water.

  • Security Camera: An indoor security camera puts a constant watch on your living room. Get constant feeds of your room so you can find out what’s going on through the mobile app. Or chat with family members when they come back from playing with the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Outlet Maintenance: Protect all your electronics and quit overtaxing your electric system with a surge protector. For extra energy-efficiency, set up a smart plug with anti-surge functionality in the unit.

  • Entertainment Center Secured 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 especially important if your living room has rugs or carpet that might make objects extra unbalanced.

  • Special Locks For Glass Doors: If your living room has a sliding door that opens to a patio, deck, or porch, you probably can see that the lock is fairly flimsy. Use an enhanced lock, like a bottom bar or small locks that secures the door to the top and bottom of the door frame.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Lima

Your kitchen has plenty of items that can bring comfort and safety to your home. Many of these items are also easy to add and should be purchased from the grocery store:

  • Fire Extinguisher: Fire can come from from an unwatched frying pan or a towel that’s too close to a burner. Always have a fire extinguisher at the ready for any stove or oven emergencies.

  • Circuit Interrupter Box On Each Outlet: A GFCI outlet should be used everywhere they’re close to running water to prevent electrocution. That includes the plug outlets close to your sink and kitchen counter. Since the late ‘80s, it’s been required to have one GFCI per dedicated circuit. But each one of your outlets will go dead if one outlet detects a surge, so try to install an unchained GFCI on each outlet.

  • Monitored Carbon Monoxide Detector: A CO detector is handy in spaces that employ a gas oven and stove. If your gas burners malfunction, the CO detector will cause a loud noise and call your monitoring agent.

  • Disinfectant 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 cleaning wipes or spray to clean your surfaces after preparing food.

  • Refrigerator/Freezer Alarm: The items in your fridge need to remain at a constant temperature to be ready to consume. If you leave the freezer or refrigerator door open too long, then a small beep will remind you to close the door. 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 Lima

Just because you don’t a lot of space in your bathroom doesn’t mean that there aren’t safety issues. From flood detectors to electric safety, here are a few safety ideas for your bathroom:

  • Flood Detectors: A leaking toilet or bathtub can create extensive destruction. Discover pooling water early with a flood detector and save yourself from renovating the entire bathroom.

  • Textured Bath Mats: A fall in the bathroom can be a painful occurrence, causing cuts, sore joints, or trips to the hospital. You can steer clear from these problems with a textured bathroom mat for after your bath or shower.

  • Textured Bathtub Strips: Another water hazard, a tub can be a slick surface to move in. Make sure each bathtub has some no-slip stickers so your feet and toes have a rough patch to gain traction.

  • Medicine Door Latch: If you have curious toddlers or anyone with memory complications, you need to take additional attention regarding prescription medicine. Safeguard your prescriptions by using a medicine cabinet with a child-proof lock.

  • GFCI Circuits: Just like the kitchen, you should also put in a surge protecting GFCI outlet on every bathroom receptacle. These will cut the current if they ever get wet or there’s a harmful jolt from a hair dryer or curling iron.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Child’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Lima

Your kid’s bedroom should pair safety with manageability. If their window treatments or other things are safe but tricky to operate, then your child may perform dangerous activities -- like climb a bookshelf -- to use them. Here are 5 straightforward, and safe, ideas:

  • Cord-Free Window Treatments: Safety agencies have long called window treatment cords an unsuspecting hazard for kids and pets. Install motorized blinds or shades that kids can easily manage via remote control. Or even better, pair your shades to your ADT smart hub so they open automatically when it’s time to get up, and go down at night for an easier sleep.

  • Indoor Security Camera: An indoor security camera sitting on your kid’s desk or dresser can double as a baby monitor that you can watch from a mobile device. And if they need your help, they can hit the intercom talk feature that comes with the camera.

  • Outlet Covers: While every outlet should have outlet safety caps on them for your small children, this is doubly important in a child’s bedroom. It’s the one place in your house where your children will most likely hang out by themselves without consistent adult supervision.

  • Window Escape Ladder: If you have bedrooms on an upper story, then you need to have a window escape ladder. These can help a young one leave the house when the stairway or ground floor are blocked off with fire. Remember to practice how to unfurl them a few times a year.

  • Toy Box Or Low Bookshelves: It’s interesting to look at a toy chest as a safety device, but you’ll get it if you’ve ever stepped on a Lego in your stocking feet. A clutter-free floor let your child have a quick retreat if there’s a safety or security event.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist For Lima

The bedroom should be an oasis, so let your safety items make you more responsive if there's an emergency event. After all, being startled awake by a wailing alarm can be confusing.

  • Security System Touchscreen: Having a touchscreen on your bedside table helps you know what’s happening without getting out of bed. You could alternatively log into your ADT phone app. However, the touchscreen is often easier to manage to use when you’re coming out of sleep and disoriented.

  • Device Charging Area: We depend on our cell phones for almost everything now GPS, news readers, social media, and maybe even phones. However, a dead device in the middle of the night cuts us off from reaching help if there’s a problem. So, a charging cord or station is should be used nightly.

  • Nightlight/Smart Lights: A tiny light can be a beacon when you’re jolted awake from a siren or unexpected noises. If you can’t fall asleep with an outlet light, install smart bulbs in your bedroom. Then you can have light anytime with a button push or vocal command.

  • Fireproof Lockbox: Stash your essential paperwork like birth certificates, medical information, or banking information in a fireproof safe. Your safe can be a big one that is located in your closet or a smaller portable lockbox that you can snatch as you escape during an emergency event.

  • Heat Sensor: The drawback with a master bedroom is that they tend to be too warm or be chilly since they sit far from the thermostat. A heat sensor will talk to your smart thermostat so you can have a pleasant, restful sleep at a wonderful climate.

Garage Safety Checklist

Basement/Garage Safety Checklist For Lima

Most safety problems in the basement or garage deal with your pipes or furnace. Finding hazards before they start can stave away larger problems in the future. So, as you take a look around your storage areas, check over these critical items:

  • Flood Detector Or Sump Pump Alarm: Putting a flood alarm next to your water heater and sump pump can save you from discovering a lake when you walk into your basement or garage. It’s definitely better than rummaging through a bunch of destroyed storage boxes.

  • Carbon Monoxide Alarm: It’s nice to install a CO alarm in an area where a natural gas leak can occur. If you have gas heating, you should install a detector in the same area as your unit.

  • WiFi Water Shutoff Valve: If your flood alarm detects a hot water heater leak or a burst pipe, then you will want to cap the primary water pipe quickly. With a WiFi shutoff valve, you can stop water flow from anywhere in the world. That’s nice when you’re out of town and see a water leak text on your phone.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage door up causes all sorts of issues. You can waste HVAC energy through that large opening, and all sorts of animals or intruders can just walk in. A remote sensor will text you about a forgotten garage door and allow you to close it through the app.

  • Heat Sensor: A heat sensor in your basement or garage is handy if you worry about freezing pipes. The temperature in these rooms can be surprisingly different than the main part of the house, so you may need to have a constant look on them with the ADT mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Outside Perimeter Safety Checklist for Lima

Your yard, drive, and front walk are just as crucial to defend as the rest of your home. Try the items on this checklist to defend your perimeter:

  • Outdoor Camera: You can place outdoor cameras to guard against unusual activity in your yard. These security cameras come in handy in places where you might not have a window installed -- like a side yard or by the driveway.

  • Low Shrubs: Tall foliage can offer some solitude, but they also hinder your line of sight of the yard and curb. Don’t offer potential thieves a place to hide. Plus, high bushes or trees around your structure can clog gutters and invite pests.

  • ADT Yard Signs: One of the largest deterrents for home intrusion is alerting aspiring rogues that you use a state-of-the-art security system. An ADT sign by the main walk and a window sticker will show lurkers that they should keep walking to an less prepared target.

  • Motion Controlled Outside Light Fixtures: Light is the biggest deterrent to people who skulk in the dark. Motion-triggered lights on your porch, garage, or deck can help scare lurkers away. Lights also help you see the walk when you get back home late after work.

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

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t deliver each household item on your Lima home safety checklist, we can bring you a customized home security system. With alarms, security cameras, and home automation, we can customize the perfect system for your house’s needs. Just contact (419) 359-8743 for more information or complete the form below. Or personalize your own ADT system with our Security System Designer.

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