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Home Safety Checklist For Tyler

Keeping safe in your home should be your topmost concern. But are you missing one or two useful safety items? Use this home safety checklist for Tyler and see where your living space needs greater attention.

This guide begins with a few whole-home safety techniques, and then we whittle it down to specific room ideas. Then, phone (903) 231-9117 or send in the form below to talk to a security agent.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

General Home Safety Checklist for Tyler

While you will want to take a individual room process for home safety, there are some items that work for multiple rooms. These components can talk with one another through a smart hub, and oftentimes work off one another. You can also control all your home safety components using a mobile app, such as ADT Control:

  • Monitored Home Security System: All your entryways should use a sensor that alerts you and your family to a break-in. When your alarm goes off, your monitoring center picks up the alert and quickly sends the police or fire department.

  • Smart Lights For Every Major Room: Of course, you can program your smart bulbs to become more efficient. But smart lights can also help you remain safe throughout an emergency. Make your smart bulbs come on when an alarm trips to shoo off robbers or brighten your way to a secure location.

  • Smart Thermostat: Like your smart lights, a smart thermostat in Tyler should save you up to 15% in gas and electric costs. Also, it can start the exhaust fan during a fire.

  • Monitored Fire Detectors: At the very least, you should have a fire alarm on each level. You can improve your fire preparedness by installing a monitored fire alarm that detects excessive heat and smoke, and alerts your 24/7 monitoring agents when it thinks that there’s a fire.

  • Smart Locks: Every door that needs a deadbolt can use a smart lock. Now you may preset numbered codes to each family member and receive notifications to your smartphone when the locks are unlocked. Your locks can even automatically turn off, letting you quickly leave when you have an emergency.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Living Room/Family Room Safety Checklist For Tyler

You’ll spend a lot of time in your living room, so it’s the most reasonable place to start making your house a safer place. Highly sought after items, like a TV or video games, typically are located in your family room, making it a popular room for robbers. Start with hanging a motion sensor or indoor camera in there, then continue on with all these suggestions:

  • Motion Sensors: By installing motion detectors, you’ll have a shrieking siren whenever they detect unusual movement in your family room. The best devices are motion sensors that aren’t set off by a dog or cat or you’ll get your sirens go off each time your dog comes in for a drink of water.

  • Security Camera: An indoor security camera puts a visual on your living room. Get live streams of everything so you can see what’s going on without leaving your bed. Or speak with family members in the family room using the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Outlet Maintenance: Safeguard those electronics and quit overburdening your circuits with a surge protector. For added convenience, install a smart plug with surge protection included.

  • Furniture Attached To The Wall: If you have curious kids, you’ll want to secure your bookshelves and entertainment center to a wall. This is especially important if your family room uses rugs or carpet that could make objects extra wobbly.

  • Enhanced Locks For Sliding Doors: If your family room uses a glass door that slides out to a deck, patio, or outside porch, you probably know that the door lock is usually thin. Put in a custom lock, like a cross bar or small locks that are located on the bottom and top of the door frame.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Tyler

The kitchen has many items that should bring safety to your house. Many of these things are also simple to add and should be bought from the grocery store:

  • Fire Extinguisher: Fire can happen from an overfilled pot or an errant grease splatter. Always keep a fire extinguisher in close reach for any kitchen mishaps.

  • Circuit Interrupter Box On Every Outlet: A GFCI outlet should be standard everywhere they’re close to running water to lessen the chance of an electric shock. That includes the outlets around your sink and kitchen counter. Since 1987, it’s been standard to have one circuit interrupter outlet per dedicated circuit. But each one of your outlets will go dead if any outlet senses a surge, so try to install an unchained GFCI per outlet.

  • Monitored CO Detector: A carbon monoxide detector is handy in kitchens that have a gas oven and stove. If your gas lines malfunction, the carbon monoxide detector will emit a loud, buzzing siren and contact your monitoring professional.

  • Cleaning Wipes Or Spray: The largest safety issue in the kitchen is the viruses, bacteria, and protein that comes with raw meat and vegetables. Always have disinfectant wipes or an antibacterial spray to scrub off your surfaces before and after cooking.

  • Refrigerator/Freezer Alarm: The milk, meat, and perishables in your fridge have to stay at a cold temperature to stay healthy to consume. If you leave the freezer or refrigerator door open too long, then a constant beep will remind you to shut it securely. Some refrigerators already have an alarm, some don’t, and you’ll have to get a refrigerator alarm from online.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Tyler

Just because you may not have a lot of square footage in your bathroom, you will still have safety issues. From flood detectors to anti-surge outlets, here are five safety tips for your bathroom:

  • Flood Detectors: A leaking toilet or bathtub can create a whole lot of destruction. Discover a leak with a flood detector before they bring about hundreds of dollars in renovations.

  • No-slip Bathroom Mats: A fall in the bathroom can be devastating, causing cuts, sore joints, or sprained ankles. Make sure you avoid these issues with a no-slip bathroom mat for your wet feet.

  • No-slip Bathtub Strips: Like a tiled floor, a tub can be a slick place to be on. Make sure each has some no-slip stickers so your feet and toes have a rough patch to grip.

  • Medicine Door Lock: If you have curious toddlers or anyone with memory complications, you should take extra precautions regarding medicine. Secure your pills and syrups by getting a medicine cabinet with a latch that locks.

  • Circuit Interrupter Outlet: Just like the kitchen, you will have to also use a safer circuit interrupter outlet on each bathroom outlet. These will cut the current if they ever get wet or you have a harmful surge from a curling iron or hair dryer.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Child’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Tyler

Your kid’s bedroom should pair safety with simplicity. If their window shades or other things are safe but difficult to use, then your children may perform risky activities -- like shimmying up a bookshelf -- to open them. Here are 5 simple, and safe, ideas:

  • Cord-Free Window Coverings: Safety professionals have identified window treatment cords a hidden hazard for both children and pets. Put in motorized shades that your child can easily control via remote. Or even better, connect your motorized coverings to your ADT smart hub so they open automatically at dawn, and lower at night for added darkness.

  • Tableside Security Camera: An indoor security camera placed on your toddler’s desk or dresser can double as a baby monitor that you can watch with a smartphone. And if they want you, they can use the two-way talk feature on the camera.

  • Outlet Plug Covers: While every outlet should have outlet safety caps on them when you have young children, this is especially needed in a child’s bedroom. It’s the one place in your home where your children will most likely be alone without constant adult supervision.

  • Window Fire Ladder: If you have bedrooms on the second story, then you need to put in a window fire ladder. These should help a young one get out of their room in case the hallway or downstairs are blocked off with fire. Just remember to practice how to employ the ladder at least twice a year.

  • Toy Box Or Low Bookshelves: It’s weird to view a toy chest as a safety item, but you’ll understand if you’ve ever tramped on a Lego in your stocking feet. A clutter-free floor means a quick retreat when there’s an emergency.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist For Tyler

The bedroom should be your calm space, so let your safety items give you peace of mind when you have an emergency event. After all, being jerked awake by a high-decibel alarm can be disorienting.

  • Security System Touchscreen: Having a touchscreen on your bedside table gives you a sense of what’s happening without jumping out of bed. You could also use your ADT mobile app but, the touchscreen can be better to use when you’re coming out of sleep and finding your bearings.

  • Device Charging Area: We depend on our smartphones for almost everything now GPS, web browsers, game machines, and maybe even phones. However, a depleted device can cut us off from reaching help if something goes wrong. To make sure your phone always works, a charging cord or station is should be used nightly.

  • Nightlights Or Voice Activated Smart Lights: A tiny light can be a beacon when you’re startled awake from an alarm or unexpected sounds. If you won’t drift off to sleep with a small nightlight, put in smart bulbs in your bedroom. Then you can have light simply with a button push or vocal command.

  • Fireproof Lockbox: Stash your vital paperwork like birth certificates, passports, or a bankbook in a fireproof lockbox. Your lockbox can be a bigger one that is located out of the way or a slender portable lockbox that you can snatch when you leave during a fire or break-in.

  • Heat Sensor: The issue with a master bedroom is that they tend to run too stuffy or be chilly since they are far away from the thermostat. A temperature sensor can communicate to your smart thermostat so you will have a nice, peaceful sleep at the perfect climate.

Garage Safety Checklist

Garage/Basement Safety Checklist For Tyler

Most safety issues in the basement or garage deal with your water heater or heating system. Discovering issues at the source can stave away bigger disasters in the future. So, as you look around your garage or basement, pay attention to these crucial items:

  • Water Sensor Or Sump Pump Alarm: Installing a flood alarm next to your water heater and sump pump can save you from wading into a mess when you walk into your garage or basement. It’s definitely better than sorting through a bunch of soiled storage boxes.

  • CO Alarm: It’s beneficial to hang a carbon monoxide detector in areas where a CO leak can spring up. If you employ gas heating, you should put an alarm in the same place as your inbound pipes.

  • WiFi Water Shutoff Valve: If your flood detector detects a plumbing leak or a busted pipe, then you will have to shut off the main water pipe immediately. With a WiFi shutoff valve, you can block water flow from your phone. That’s nice when you’re visiting relatives and receive a flood sensor alert on your mobile device.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage door open causes all types of headaches. You can lose a bunch of heat through that open door, and critters or thieves can just walk in. A sensor will notify you about an open garage door and allow you to close it with your phone.

  • Heat Sensor: A heat alarm in your garage or basement is handy if you wonder about freezing pipes. The heat in these areas can be wildly different than your main rooms of the home, so you may need to keep a constant look on the temp through the ADT mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Home Perimeter Safety Checklist for Tyler

Your landscaping, driveway, and front walk are just as important to defend as the interior of your home. Try this checklist to defend your perimeter:

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

  • Window Height Shrubs: Tall foliage can create some solitude, but they also hinder you seeing into the yard. Don’t give potential intruders an area to hide. Plus, high shrubs or trees against your structure can obstruct gutters and summon bugs.

  • ADT Yard Signs: One of the most popular disincentives for a break-in is advertising to aspiring burglars that you have a state-of-the-art home security system. An ADT yard stick by the stoop and a window sticker will show people that they ought to keep walking to an less prepared score.

  • Motion Triggered Outside Lighting: Light is the biggest deterrent to people who lurk in the shadows. Motion-controlled lights on your deck, porch, or garage can help scare lurkers away. Lights also help you see the walk when you get to the house late at night.

Use Secure24 Alarm Systems To Help You Finish Your Home Safety Checklist for Tyler

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t install each household item on your Tyler home safety checklist, we can discuss a customized home security system. With alarms, security cameras, and home automation, we can customize the ideal system for your home’s needs. Just phone (903) 231-9117 for more information or complete the form below. Or customize your own ADT system with our Security System Designer.

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