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Home Safety Checklist For Riverside

Keeping safe and secure in your home should be your largest concern. But are you overlooking some big safety items? Use this home safety checklist for Riverside and discover where your living space can use some work.

This guide begins with five whole-house safety techniques, and then we whittle it down on a room level. Then, contact (951) 253-3041 or send in the form below to get your home safe and secure.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

Whole Home Safety Checklist for Riverside

While you may want to take a room-to-room approach to home safety, there are some methods that work for a lot of your rooms. These components can talk with one another through a wireless hub, and can even react to other components. You might also manage each of your home safety equipment with a smartphone app, like ADT Control:

  • Monitored Home Security System: All your doors and windows should use a sensor that notifies your family to intrusion. As the alarm trips, your monitoring center responds to the alert and quickly contacts a first responder.

  • Smart Bulbs For Every Major Room: Sure, you can set your smart bulbs to become more energy-efficient. But they can also help you remain safe in an emergency. Make your downstairs lights come on when a sensor trips to scare off robbers or light your way to a secure place.

  • Smart Thermostat: Like your smart lights, a smart thermostat in Riverside can save you 10%-15% in gas and electric costs. Also, it can flip on the exhaust fan during a fire.

  • Monitored Fire Alarms: At the very least, you should have a fire alarm on each level of your house. You can improve your fire preparedness by hanging a monitored fire alarm that detects both heat and smoke, and notifies your round-the-clock monitoring team when it detects a fire.

  • Smart Door Locks: Every door that uses a keyed lock can use a smart lock. Now you can preset key codes to family and friends and receive texts to your mobile device when the locks are unlocked. Your doors can even automatically turn off, helping you to quickly leave during an emergency.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Family Room Safety Checklist For Riverside

You’ll spend a lot of time in your living room, so it can be the best place to start making your house safer. Highly sought after items, like your TV or video games, probably reside in your family room, making it an alluring area for burglars. Begin with placing a motion detector or indoor camera in there, then take a look at some of these safety protocols:

  • Motion Detectors: By putting in motion sensors, you’ll get a high-decibel siren whenever they sense unusual motion in your family room. The best devices are motion sensors that ignore pet movements or you’ll have a tripped alarm each time your cat roams by for a midnight stroll.

  • Indoor Camera: An indoor security camera puts an eye on your family room. Watch live feeds of everything so you can know what’s happening without leaving your bed. Or speak with your family in the family room with the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Cord Maintenance: Safeguard expensive electronics and quit overburdening your circuits with a surge protector. For extra comfort, install a smart plug with anti-surge functionality in the unit.

  • Furniture Bolted To The Wall: If you have babies or toddlers, you’ll need to bolt your bookshelves and entertainment center to the wall. This is extra crucial if your living room uses carpet that can make objects extra wobbly.

  • Special Locks For Glass Doors: If your family room has a sliding door that slides out to a patio, deck, or porch, you already know that the lock is usually thin. Use a special lock, like a cross bar or locks that bolt to the bottom and top of the frame.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Riverside

The kitchen has many items that can bring safety and security to your home. Some of these objects should be a snap to add and can be purchased from the Target or Walmart:

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

  • GFCI Box On Every Outlet: A circuit interrupter outlet should be standard on outlets where they’re by running water to lessen the chance of an electric shock. That includes the plug outlets by your kitchen counter and sink. Since the late ‘80s, it’s been code to have one GFCI per dedicated circuit. But each one of your outlets will flip off if one outlet senses a surge, so you’re going to want to install a single GFCI per outlet.

  • Monitored CO Detector: A carbon monoxide detector is needed in the kitchen if you have gas for the stove and oven. If your gas appliances leak, the CO detector will cause a high-decibel noise and call your monitoring professional.

  • Clorox Wipes Or Spray: The largest safety hazard in the kitchen is the viruses, bacteria, and protein from raw meat and vegetables. Always keep disinfectant wipes or an antibacterial spray to scrub off your area after making a meal.

  • Refrigerator Alarm: The items in the refrigerator need to remain at a cold temperature to stay safe to eat. If you accidently leave the refrigerator door open too long, then an alarm beep will remind you to shut it securely. Some fridges come with an alarm, some do not, and you’ll have to buy a fridge alarm from online.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Riverside

Just because you may not have a bunch of square footage in your bathroom there’s still safety issues. From flood prevention to anti-surge outlets, here are five safety tips for your bathroom:

  • Flood Detectors: A leaking sink or shower can lead to an expensive amount of destruction. Discover a leaking pipe with a flood detector and save yourself from redoing the entire bathroom.

  • No-slip Bath Mats: A slip in the bathroom can be painful, causing pulled muscles, sore joints, or sprained ankles. You can steer clear from these issues with a no-slip bath mat for your wet feet.

  • No-slip Bathtub Stickies: Like a tiled floor, a bathtub can be a slick area to be on. Make sure each bathtub has some no-slip strips so your feet have a rough patch to gain traction.

  • Medicine Door Latch: If you have curious children or someone with memory complications, you need to take extra precautions regarding medicine. Secure your bottles by installing a medicine cabinet with a latch that locks.

  • GFCI Circuits: Just like the kitchen, you need to also install a grounded GFCI outlet on every bathroom circuit. This will stop the flow of the electricity if water enters the outlet or there’s a harmful spike from a curling iron or hair dryer.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Kid’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Riverside

A child’s bedroom should pair safety with accessibility. If their window coverings or other items are safe but tricky to use, then your children may get around the device with unsafe activities -- like scale a dresser -- to use them. Here are some easy, yet safe, ideas:

  • Cord-Free Window Treatments: Safety experts have long called corded window treatments an unsuspecting problem for kids and pets. Put in motorized shades that you can easily open and close with a remote. Or better yet, link your shades to your security system so they open on a schedule at dawn, and lower in the evening for added darkness.

  • Indoor Security Camera: An indoor security camera placed on your child’s desk or dresser can act as a baby monitor that you can watch from a smartphone. And when they need something, they can push the two-way talk feature that comes with the camera.

  • Outlet Plug Covers: While each outlet should use outlet safety caps on them to protect your young children, this is especially urgent in their bedroom. It’s the one place in your house where your child will most likely play alone without parental supervision.

  • Window Fire Ladder: If you use bedrooms on the second floor, then you need to install a window safety ladder. These can help a young one leave the house in case the hallway or lower levels are on fire. Make sure to rehearse how to employ the ladder one or two times a year.

  • Toy Box Or Low Shelves: It’s interesting to think about a toy chest as a safety device, but you’ll see the light if you’ve ever tramped on an action figure in your stocking feet. A clutter-free floor let your child have a quick escape if there’s an emergency.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Main Bedroom Safety Checklist For Riverside

Your master bedroom should be an oasis, so let your safety items make life easier if there's an emergency. After all, being jerked awake by a high-decibel buzzer can be quite a shock.

  • Smart Hub Touchscreen: Having a touchscreen on your bedside table helps you know what’s what that noise was without jumping out of bed. You could always use your ADT smartphone app but, the touchscreen can be better to use when you’re yawning and confused.

  • Phone Charging Stand: We depend on our phones for almost everything now GPS, internet searches, social media, and sometimes even phones. But, a depleted device can cut us off from reaching help if there’s a problem. To make sure your phone always works, a charging cord or station is an essential.

  • Nightlight/Smart Lights: A tiny light helps ground you when you’re startled awake from a siren or other loud noises. If you won’t drift off to sleep with an outlet light, use smart lights in your bedroom and hall. Then you can have light anytime with a mobile device or voice direction.

  • Fireproof Lockbox: Keep your essential papers like insurance cards, medical information, or banking information in a fireproof lockbox. Your lockbox can be a bigger one that is located in a corner or a slender handheld lockbox that you can snatch as you escape during a fire or break-in.

  • Temperature Sensor: The problem with most bedrooms is that they can feel too hot or be chilly because they are located far away from the thermostat. A temperature sensor will communicate to your smart thermostat so you should have a comfortable, restful sleep at the perfect climate.

Garage Safety Checklist

Basement/Garage Safety Checklist For Riverside

Most safety problems in the basement or garage have to do with your pipes or HVAC system. Seeing issues before they start can stop bigger disasters later on. So, as you look around your garage or basement, take note of these critical items:

  • Flood Sensor Or Sump Pump Alarm: Placing a flood alarm by your water heater and sump pump can prevent you from finding a mess when you walk into your garage or basement. Do you really want to waste your weekend getting rid of standing water?

  • Carbon Monoxide Detector: It’s smart to install a CO alarm in areas where a CO leak can spring up. If you use gas heat, you’ll want to hang an alarm in the same area as your unit.

  • Remote Water Shutoff Valve: If your water alarm detects a hot water leak or a busted pipe, then you will want to shut off the primary water valve quickly. With a WiFi shutoff valve, you can stop water flow from anywhere in the world. That’s helpful when you’re visiting relatives and receive a flood sensor alert on your mobile device.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage up brings about all sorts of problems. You can lose a bunch of heat through that large opening, and all sorts of animals or lurkers can just saunder in. A sensor will alert you to a neglected garage door and lets you close it with your phone.

  • Heat Sensor: A temperature alarm in your basement or garage is handy if you fret about freezing pipes. The temperature in these areas can be surprisingly different than the rest of the house, so you may want to have a constant look on the temperature by using the ADT mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Outside Safety Checklist for Riverside

Your landscaping, drive, and front walk are just as crucial to make safe as the interior of your home. Use this checklist to create a safe outside:

  • Outdoor Camera: You can install outdoor cameras to alert you to suspicious activity in your back yard. These cameras come in handy in areas where you might not have a window -- like a side yard or by the garage.

  • Window Height Bushes: Tall shrubs can create some serenity, but they also block your line of sight of the yard. Don’t offer potential thieves a place to hide. Plus, tall bushes or trees too close to your house can clog gutters and summon bugs.

  • ADT Signs And Decals: One of the biggest deterrents for a thief is alerting aspiring burglars that you have an updated security system. An ADT yard stick by the main walk and a window sticker will tell ne'er-do-wells that they ought to keep walking to an less prepared house.

  • Motion Activated Flood Light Fixtures: Light is the largest deterrent to people who sneak around in the shadows. Motion-activated lighting on your porch, garage, or deck can help scare lurkers away. They also help you see the walk when you come to the house late after work.

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

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t help you with every item on your Riverside home safety checklist, we can discuss a powerful home security. With alarms, security cameras, and home automation, we can customize the ideal system for your house’s needs. Simply phone (951) 253-3041 to get started or complete the form below. Or personalize your own solution with our Security System Designer.