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Home Safety Checklist For Lake Havasu

Keeping safe and secure in your house should be your number one concern. But are you forgetting some big safety items? Take this home safety checklist for Lake Havasu and find out where your home requires some work.

This guide starts with five whole-house safety ideas, and then we delve down on a room level. Then, contact (928) 888-9023 or send in the form below to speak to a security agent.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

Essential Home Safety Checklist for Lake Havasu

While you will want to take a room-by-room approach to home safety, there are a few methods that are useful for each part of your house. These components can sync with one another through a touchscreen hub, and can even respond to one another. You can also manage each of your home safety devices with a mobile security app, like ADT Control:

  • Monitored Security System: All your entryways should have a sensor that alerts you and your family to intrusion. When your alarm trips, your monitoring expert answers the alert and quickly calls the police or fire department.

  • Smart Bulbs For Each Room: Sure, you can set your smart lights to make your house more energy-efficient. But they can also help you keep safe during an emergency. Make your lights flash on when a security alarm goes off to frighten off robbers or illuminate a path to a secure location.

  • Smart Thermostat: Like your smart lights, a smart thermostat in Lake Havasu can save you between 10%-15% in gas and electric spending. It also can start your exhaust fan during a fire.

  • Monitored Fire Detectors: At the very least, you have a fire detector on each floor. You can increase your fire game by hanging a monitored fire detector that senses both smoke and heat, and pings your 24/7 monitoring experts when it detects a fire.

  • Smart Lock For Every Door: Every doorway that needs a keyed lock can be made safer with a smart lock. Now you may set numbered codes to friends and family and get texts to your smartphone when the locks are activated. Your locks can even automatically unlock, helping you to quickly get out during an emergency.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Family Room Safety Checklist For Lake Havasu

You’ll hang out most in the family room, so it may be the most reasonable room to start making your house a safer place. Highly sought after items, like a big screen or stereo system, typically reside in your family room, making it a popular space for burglars. Begin with installing a motion sensor or security camera in your room, then take a look at some of these safety protocols:

  • Motion Sensors: By putting in motion sensors, you’ll hear a loud siren anytime they sense unusual movement in your living room. Look for motion detectors that filter out pets or you’ll have an alert every time your dog passes through for a bite of food.

  • Indoor Camera: An indoor security camera offers a visual on your family room. Watch constant streams of your room so you can see what’s going on from the mobile app. Or speak with your family in the family room using the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Outlet Maintenance: Safeguard all your electronics and quit overloading your electric system with a surge protector. For added energy-efficiency, use a smart plug with anti-surge functionality included.

  • Furniture Bolted To The Wall: If you have curious kids, you’ll need to bolt your entertainment center or other heavy furniture to your wall. This is extra important if your family room uses carpeting that can make objects extra wobbly.

  • Enhanced Locks For Glass Doors: If your family room has a sliding door that leads to a backyard, deck, or screened-in porch, you already get that the door lock is fairly thin. Use an enhanced lock, like a bottom bar or small locks that are located on the top and bottom of the opening.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Lake Havasu

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

  • Fire Extinguisher: A fire can happen from an unwatched skillet or an errant grease splatter. Always keep a fire extinguisher at the ready for any cooking mishaps.

  • GFCI Box On Every Outlet: A circuit interrupter outlet should be standard on outlets where there’s nearby running water to lessen the chance of a deadly shock. That means the outlets around your kitchen counter and sink. Since 1987, it’s been code to have one GFCI per circuit. But each one of your plugs will go if any outlet senses a surge, so you’re going to want to install a separate GFCI per outlet.

  • Monitored CO Detector: A CO detector is advised for spaces that use gas for the oven and stove. If your gas burners leak, the CO detector will play a loud, buzzing sound and ping your monitoring professional.

  • Cleaning Wipes Or Spray: The most overlooked safety problem in the kitchen is the viruses, bacteria, and contamination from uncooked meat and dairy. Always store antiviral wipes or a bleach spray to scrub off your counters before and after preparing food.

  • Refrigerator Alarm: The food items in your fridge have to remain at a constant temperature to be safe to consume. If you leave the freezer or refrigerator door ajar, then an alarm beep will tell you to close the door. Some appliances come with this installed, older models don’t, and you’ll have to get an external alarm from online.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Lake Havasu

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

  • Flood Sensors: A leaking toilet or tub can lead to an expensive amount of water damage. Find out early about leaks with a flood detector and save yourself from renovating the entire bathroom.

  • No-slip Bathroom Mats: A slip in the bathroom can be devastating, causing bumps, gashed heads, or trips to the hospital. You can steer clear from these problems with a textured bath mat for while you towel off.

  • Non-slip Bathtub Stickers: Likewise, a tub basin can be a slick area to be on. It’s a good idea that each tub has some no-slip strips so your toes have a textured patch for stability.

  • Medicine Door Latch: If you have little children or someone with memory difficulties, you have to take additional attention regarding medicine. Hide away your prescriptions by installing a medicine cabinet with a latch that locks.

  • GFCI Circuits: While installing better outlets in the kitchen, you need to also use a safer GFCI outlet on each bathroom circuit. This will stop the flow of the electric current if water enters the outlet or you have a sudden surge from a curling iron or hair dryer.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Child’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Lake Havasu

A child’s bedroom should counterbalance safety with simplicity. If their window shades or other items are safe but hard to manage, then your kids may get around the device with dangerous methods -- like shimmying up a chest of drawers -- to use them. Here are 5 straightforward, yet safe, ideas:

  • Cord-Free Window Coverings: Safety professionals have designated corded window treatments an unsuspecting danger for children and animals. Install motorized shades that kids can easily control through a remote. Or even better, link your shades to your ADT security system so they rise on a schedule when the sun comes up, and lower at night for added darkness.

  • Tableside Security Camera: A security camera sitting on your toddler’s desk can double as a baby monitor that you can watch from a mobile device. And if they need your help, they can use the intercom talk feature on the camera.

  • Outlet Covers: While every outlet should have covers on them when you have young children, this is doubly urgent in a child’s bedroom. It’s the one place in your home where your child will most likely be by themselves without consistent parental supervision.

  • Window Escape Ladder: If you use bedrooms on above the first level, then you should put in a window fire ladder. These can let a child leave the house when the hallway or ground floor are engulfed in smoke and fire. Make sure to go over how to employ them at least twice a year.

  • Toy Box Or Low Bookshelves: It’s interesting to think about a toy box as a safety item, but you’ll understand if you’ve ever tramped on a Lego in your stocking feet. A clutter-free floor let your child have a quick way out when there’s a fire or break-in.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Main Bedroom Safety Checklist For Lake Havasu

Your main bedroom should be an oasis, so let your safety devices make life easier if you experience an emergency event. After all, being startled awake by a wailing siren can be disorienting.

  • Security System Touchscreen: Having a touchscreen on your bedside table lets you see what’s what that noise was without leaving your bed. You could alternatively turn on your ADT phone app but, the large touchscreen can be better to use when you’re yawning and finding your bearings.

  • Personal Charging Area: We rely on our cell phones for so much now alarms, web browsers, games, and maybe even phones. The only problem is that a depleted device will cut us off from reaching help if something goes wrong. To make sure your phone always works, a charging cord or station is an essential.

  • Nightlight/Smart Lights: A plug-in light helps ground you when you’re startled awake from a siren or unexpected sounds. If you won’t drift off to sleep with a small nightlight, install smart bulbs in your bedroom. Then you can have light on-demand with a push of a button or vocal command.

  • Fireproof Safe: Stash your important documents like insurance cards, medical information, or a spare checkbook in a fireproof safe. Your safe can be a large one that is located in a corner or a slender portable safe that you can snatch as you escape during an emergency event.

  • Temperature Sensor: The drawback with bedrooms is that they might be too hot or be cold because they are far away from the thermostat. A heat sensor will communicate to your smart thermostat so you will have a nice, peaceful sleep at just the right temperature.

Garage Safety Checklist

Basement/Garage Safety Checklist For Lake Havasu

Most safety needs in the garage or basement deal with your water heater or HVAC system. Seeing problems before they start can stave away bigger emergencies in the future. So, as you look around your garage or basement, pay attention to these critical items:

  • Flood Sensor Or Sump Pump Alarm: Placing a flood sensor next to your water heater or sump pump can prevent you from wading into a pond when you walk into your basement or garage. Do you really want to spend your night drying the floor?

  • Carbon Monoxide Detector: It’s nice to hang a carbon monoxide alarm in a place where a CO leak can happen. If you have gas heating, try to hang an alarm in the same area as your inbound pipes.

  • Remote Water Shutoff Valve: If your water detector senses a plumbing leak or a busted pipe, then you will have to cap the primary water pipe at once. With a remote shutoff valve, you can stop water flow from your phone. That’s nice when you’re visiting relatives and see a flood sensor alert on your phone.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage door up leads to all types of headaches. You can waste heat or air through that large opening, and critters or intruders can just saunder in. A remote sensor will alert you to a forgotten garage door and lets you lower it with your phone.

  • Heat Sensor: A heat alarm in your basement or garage is essential if you fret about freezing pipes. The temperature in these rooms can be surprisingly different than the rest of the house, so you may want to keep a constant look on them through your mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Outside Safety Checklist for Lake Havasu

Your yard, drive, and front step are just as crucial to make safe as the rest of your house. Try this checklist to create a safe outside:

  • Outdoor Camera: You can place outdoor security cameras to alert you to late night activity in your back yard. These security cameras are especially useful in areas where you might not have a window -- like around a cellar or by the driveway.

  • Low Shrubbery: Tall foliage can offer some privacy, but they also obscure your view of the yard and curb. Don’t provide potential intruders an area to hide. Plus, large bushes, shrubs or foliage too close to your house can jam up gutters and summon ants and termites.

  • ADT Yard Signs: One of the largest deterrents for a break-in is alerting would-be burglars that you have a monitored ADT security system. An ADT yard sign by the front door and a window cling will show lurkers that they might want to move on to an unprotected score.

  • Motion Controlled Outside Light Fixtures: Light is the largest obstacle to those who sneak around in the dark. Motion-controlled lighting on your deck, patio, or garage can help scare possible intruders away. Flood lights also help you see the walk when you get home late after work.

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

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t deliver non-security devices on your Lake Havasu home safety checklist, we can install a customized security system. With everything from alarms to thermostats, we can install the ideal system for your family’s needs. Simply contact (928) 888-9023 and talk to a professional or complete the form below. Or customize your own solution with our Security System Designer.

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