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Home Safety Checklist For South Fulton

Being safe in your house should be your largest priority. But are you overlooking one or two key safety components? Take this home safety checklist for South Fulton and see where your home needs an update.

We give you some whole-home safety ideas, and then we break it down to specific room ideas. Then, call (731) 202-7028 or fill out the form below to get your house safe and secure.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

Whole Home Safety Checklist for South Fulton

While you may want to take a room-by-room method for home safety in South Fulton, there are some items that work for the whole-house approach. These items can sync to each other through a touchscreen hub, and often can work off other things. You can also manage all your home safety equipment with a smartphone app, like ADT Control:

  • Monitored Security System: All your windows and doors should employ a sensor that alerts you to intrusion. After an alarm triggers, your monitoring agent responds to the call and quickly sends the police or fire department.

  • Smart Lights For Most Rooms: Of course, you can set your smart lighting to make your home more energy-efficient. But they can also allow you to keep safe in an emergency. Have your smart bulbs flip on when an alarm trips to scare off burglars or illuminate the way out to a outside place.

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

  • Monitored Fire Detectors: It’s code that you will have a fire alarm on every level. You can improve your fire preparedness by hanging a monitored fire detector that looks for excessive smoke and heat, and alerts your 24-hour monitoring team when it senses a fire.

  • Smart Lock For Every Door: Every entryway that needs a deadbolt can upgrade to a smart door lock. Now you may program key codes to each family member and get alerts to your mobile device when your locks are used. Your locks can even automatically unlock, helping you to quickly get out when you have an emergency.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Living Room/Family Room Safety Checklist For South Fulton

You’ll hang out most in your living room, so it can be the perfect room to start your home safety makeover. Electronics, like a TV or video games, probably reside in your family room, making it an alluring space for burglars. Start with installing a motion sensor or security camera in there, then continue on with some of these safety protocols:

  • Motion Detectors: By putting in motion sensors, you’ll get a shrieking alarm if they detect unexpected movement in your family room. Look for motion sensors that aren’t set off by pet movements or you’ll have a tripped alarm each time your cat passes through for a midnight stroll.

  • Indoor Security Camera: An indoor security camera puts a visual on your living room. Get real-time streams of your room so you can see what’s going on from the mobile app. Or speak with your kids in the room using the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Cord Maintenance: Protect those electronics and quit overburdening your electric system with a surge protector. For extra comfort, use a smart plug with a surge protector built-in.

  • Entertainment Center Bolted To The Wall: If you have any small children, you’ll want to secure your entertainment center or other heavy furniture to your wall. This is especially important if your family room has carpeting that might make furniture extra unstable.

  • Enhanced Locks For Glass Doors: If your living room uses a sliding door that leads to a backyard, deck, or outside porch, you already get that the door lock is pretty thin. Use a custom lock, like a bottom bar or locks that bolt to the bottom and top of the frame.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For South Fulton

The kitchen has plenty of items that should add comfort and safety to your home. Most of these things should be a snap to add and can be purchased from the a retail store:

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

  • Circuit Interrupter Box On Each Outlet: A GFCI outlet should be installed everywhere they’re close to running water to prevent electrocution. That includes the plug outlets around your kitchen counter and sink. Since 1987, it’s been standard to have one GFCI per dedicated circuit. But for simplicity’s sake, try to install an unchained GFCI for every outlet.

  • Monitored Carbon Monoxide Detector: A carbon monoxide detector is recommended for kitchens that employ gas for the oven and range. If your gas appliances spring a leak, the CO detector will emit a high-decibel noise and ping your monitoring center.

  • Disinfectant Wipes Or Spray: The most overlooked safety hazard in the kitchen is the viruses, bacteria, and contamination that comes with blood from meat and other foods. Always store antiviral wipes or a bleach spray to clean your surfaces after preparing food.

  • Refrigerator Alarm: The food items in the refrigerator need to remain at a cold temperature to be healthy to use. If you leave the fridge or freezer door ajar, then an alarm beep will remind you to shut it securely. Some appliances already have an alarm, some won’t, and you’ll have to get a fridge alarm from the hardware store.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For South Fulton

Just because you don’t a bunch of room in your bathroom doesn’t mean that there aren’t safety hazards. From flood detectors to electric safety, here are some safety improvements for your bathroom:

  • Flood Sensors: A leaking toilet or shower can cause a whole lot of damage. Deal with a water problem with a flood detector and save the time and money from renovations.

  • Non-slip Shower Mats: A slip and fall in the bathroom can be painful, causing cuts, bruises, or broken bones. Make sure you steer clear from these hazards with a textured bathroom mat for after your bath or shower.

  • No-slip Bathtub Stickers: Like a tiled floor, a tub can be a slippery area to move in. It’s a good idea that every bathtub has some non-slip stickers so your toes have a rough patch to grip.

  • Medicine Door Latch: If you have little toddlers or a family member with memory lapses, you need to take extra attention regarding prescription medicine. Secure your bottles by installing a medicine cabinet with a latch that locks.

  • Circuit Interrupter Outlet: While installing better outlets in the kitchen, you need to also use a safer circuit interrupter outlet on every bathroom circuit. These will stop the flow of the electric current if water enters the outlet or they experience a harmful spike from a curling iron or hair dryer.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Kid’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For South Fulton

A child’s bedroom should balance safety with manageability. If their window shades or other items are safe but tricky to operate, then your children may try dangerous methods -- like scale a dresser -- to touch them. Here are 5 straightforward, yet safe, ideas:

  • Cord-Free Window Treatments: Safety professionals have identified corded window treatments a hidden problem for both children and pets. Use motorized blinds or shades that kids can easily control through a remote. Or better yet, pair your motorized coverings to your security system so they rise without anyone’s help when it’s time to get up, and lower at bedtime for extra privacy.

  • Tableside Security Camera: An indoor security camera perched on your toddler’s dresser can behave just like a baby monitor that you can watch with a smartphone. And when they need your help, they can use the intercom talk feature included on the camera.

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

  • Window Fire Ladder: If you have bedrooms on an upper level, then you should put in a window escape ladder. These should help a young one escape when the stairway or ground floor are engulfed in smoke and fire. Just remember to go over how to use them at least twice a year.

  • Toy Chest Or Low Shelves: It’s weird to look at a toy chest as a safety device, but you’ll see the light if you’ve ever stepped on a Lego in your socked feet. A clean floor means a quick escape during an emergency.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Main Bedroom Safety Checklist For South Fulton

The master bedroom should be an oasis, so let your safety components make you more responsive when you experience an emergency event. After all, being jerked awake by a loud alarm can be confusing.

  • Home Security Touchscreen: Having a smart hub on your dresser lets you see what’s going on without getting out of bed. You could alternatively turn on your ADT phone app. However, the large touchscreen can be easier to manage to use when you’re yawning and finding your bearings.

  • Device Charging Stand: We use our phones for almost everything now alarm clocks, web browsers, social media, and --legend has it-- even phones. The only problem is that a dead phone in the middle of the night cuts us off from the outside world if something goes wrong. To keep it nice and ready, a an easy-to-use charging station is an important part of your nightstand.

  • Nightlights Or Voice Activated Smart Lights: A plug-in light can be a beacon when you’re bolted awake from a fire alarm or other loud noises. If you won’t drift off to sleep with a small nightlight, install smart lights in your bedroom and hall. Then you can have light on-demand with a push of a button or vocal command.

  • Fireproof Lockbox: Store your important papers like birth certificates, medical information, or a bankbook in a fireproof safe. Your lockbox can be a big one that camps out in a corner or a slender handheld safe that you can grab on your way out during a fire or other emergency.

  • Temperature Sensor: The issue with a master bedroom is that they tend to run too warm or be cold since they sit far away from the thermostat. A temperature sensor will talk to your smart thermostat so you should have a pleasant, peaceful sleep at the perfect climate.

Garage Safety Checklist

Garage/Basement Safety Checklist For South Fulton

Most safety needs in the basement or garage are with your water or heating system. Discovering issues before they start can stop larger problems in the future. So, as you look around your garage or basement, pay attention to these critical items:

  • Water Sensor Or Sump Pump Alarm: Putting a flood alarm next to your water heater or sump pump can prevent you from finding a pond when you go into your basement or garage. Do you really want to spend your night drying the floor?

  • CO Detector: It’s smart to have a CO alarm in an area where a natural gas leak can spring up. If you employ a gas furnace, you’ll want to put a detector in the same area as your unit.

  • WiFi Water Shutoff Valve: If your flood alarm detects a hot water leak or a burst pipe, then you will have to shut off the main water pipe immediately. With a remote shutoff valve, you can stop water flow from any mobile device. That’s perfect when you’re visiting relatives and get an emergency leak alert on your smartphone.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage door up leads to all types of problems. You can lose heat through that open door, and rodents or lurkers can just walk in. A sensor will text you about a neglected garage door and lets you lower it through the app.

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

Outside perimeter checklist

Outside Safety Checklist for South Fulton

Your front yard, drive, and front step are just as important to defend as the inside of your house. Try this checklist to make your outside safe:

  • Outdoor Security Camera: You can install outdoor security cameras to alert you to late night activity in your yard. These cameras come in handy in places where you may not have a window -- like around a cellar or by the garage door.

  • Low Bushes: Overgrown foliage can give you some privacy, but they also obscure your view of the yard. Don’t give potential intruders an area to hide. Plus, tall bushes or foliage around your structure can jam up gutters and bring in pests.

  • ADT Signage: One of the largest discouragements for a thief is alerting would-be intruders that you use an updated home security system. An ADT yard sign by the stoop and a window decal will tell people that they ought to keep walking to an unprotected house.

  • Motion Triggered Flood Lighting: Light is the greatest obstacle to people who skulk in the dark. Motion-triggered lighting on your porch, garage, or deck can frighten possible intruders away. Flood lights also help you work the locks when you come back home late at night.

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

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t help you with non-security devices on your South Fulton home safety checklist, we can bring you a customized home security system. With easy-to-use devices and ADT monitoring, we can personalize the best system for your family’s needs. Simply call (731) 202-7028 for more information or send in the form below. Or personalize your own ADT system with our Security System Designer.