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Home Safety Checklist For Alpharetta

Keeping safe and secure in your home should be your topmost responsibility. But are you missing a few key safety items? Take this home safety checklist for Alpharetta and find out where your house needs greater attention.

This guide starts with five whole-home safety ideas, and then we delve down on a room level. Then, call (678) 251-9195 or complete the form below to get your home set up.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

General Home Safety Checklist for Alpharetta

While you will want to take a room-to-room approach to home safety, there are a few items that work for the whole-house approach. These items can link with one another through a smart hub, and can even respond to one another. You might also control every one of your home safety devices using a mobile app, like ADT Control:

  • Monitored Home Security System: All your doors and windows should employ a sensor that warns your family to a break-in. As the alarm triggers, your monitoring team picks up the call and immediately contacts emergency personnel.

  • Smart Lights For Most Rooms: Of course, you can schedule your smart lights to make your house more energy-efficient. But smart lights can also help you remain safe in an emergency. Have your downstairs lights come on when an alarm triggers to scare off robbers or illuminate a path to a secure place.

  • Smart Thermostat: Likewise, a smart thermostat in Alpharetta can save you up to 15% in energy spending. But it also can flip on the exhaust fan when your alarms senses a fire.

  • Monitored Fire Alarms: At the very least, you will have a fire alarm on each level. You can increase your fire preparedness by utilizing a monitored fire detector that senses unusual heat and smoke, and pings your 24/7 monitoring experts when it detects a fire.

  • Smart Lock For Every Door: Every entryway that uses a deadbolt can use a smart door lock. Now you may set numbered codes to family and friends and receive notifications to your mobile device when they are activated. Your locks can even automatically turn off, letting you quickly get out if you have a fire or dangerous situation.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Family Room/Living Room Safety Checklist For Alpharetta

You’ll spend a lot of time in your family room, so it may be the most reasonable room to optimize your home safety. Popular items, like your TV or video games, probably are located in your family room, making it a popular space for burglars. Start with hanging a motion sensor or security camera by the doorway, then try the following suggestions:

  • Motion Detectors: By putting in motion detectors, you’ll have a shrieking noise whenever they detect unusual movement within your living room. Look for motion sensors that ignore a dog or cat or you’ll see a tripped alarm every time your pet roams by for a bite of food.

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

  • Surge Protector/Outlet Maintenance: Make sure you protect expensive electronics and stop overburdening your electric system with a surge protector. For additional convenience, use a smart plug with a surge protector included.

  • Entertainment Center Bolted To The Wall: If you have babies or toddlers, you’ll need to bolt your bookshelves and entertainment center to your wall. This is especially crucial if your living room has carpeting that could make furniture extra unstable.

  • Enhanced Locks For Sliding Glass Doors: If your family room uses a sliding door that leads to a patio, deck, or outside porch, you get that the lock is usually thin. Install a custom lock, like a bottom bar or small locks that secures the door to the bottom and top of the opening.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Alpharetta

Your kitchen has many items that can add safety and security to your home. Most of these things are also a snap to add and can be purchased from the Target or Walmart:

  • Fire Extinguisher: Fire can happen from an unwatched frying pan or a faulty burner. Always keep a fire extinguisher at hand for any kitchen mishaps.

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

  • Monitored CO Detector: A carbon monoxide detector is advised for kitchens that use gas for the stove and oven. If your gas burners leak, the CO detector will cause a loud sound and call your monitoring agent.

  • Disinfectant Wipes Or Spray: The most overlooked safety hazard in the kitchen is the invisible bacteria and cross-contamination that comes with blood from meat and dairy. Always keep cleaning wipes or spray to scrub off your area before and after preparing food.

  • Refrigerator Alarm: The items in the fridge have to remain at a chilly temperature to be ready to consume. If you accidently leave the freezer or refrigerator door open too long, then a small beep will let you know so you can close the door. Some refrigerators already have a pre-installed alarm, some do not, and you’ll have to pick up an external alarm from the store.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Alpharetta

Just because there’s not a lot of space in your bathroom, you will still have safety hazards. From flood detectors to electric safety, here are a few safety tips for your bathroom:

  • Flood Detectors: A leaking sink or shower can lead to extensive damage. Find water problems early with a flood detector and save hundreds to thousands of dollars from damage.

  • Textured Bath Mats: A slip and fall in the bathroom can be a painful occurrence, causing bumps, gashed heads, or sprained ankles. You can steer clear from these hazards with a non-slip bath mat for your wet feet.

  • Textured Bathtub Strips: Like a tiled floor, a tub can be a slick area to stand in. It’s a good idea that every has some no-slip stickers so your toes have a textured patch for stability.

  • Medicine Door Lock: If you have little kids or a family member with memory difficulties, you have to take additional attention regarding prescription medicine. Safeguard your pills and syrups by getting a medicine cabinet with a locking latch.

  • GFCI Circuits: Just like the kitchen, you should also install a grounded GFCI outlet on each bathroom circuit. These will cut the electricity if water enters the outlet or there’s a sudden spike from a curling iron or hair dryer.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Kid’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Alpharetta

A child’s bedroom should balance safety with manageability. If their window shades or other items are safe but hard to use, then your kids may try dangerous methods -- like scale a chest of drawers -- to use them. Here are 5 straightforward, and safe, ideas:

  • Cordless Window Treatments: Safety professionals have long called window treatment cords a secret danger for children and animals. Use motorized shades that your child can easily manage through a remote control. Or go state-of-the-art and connect your motorized treatments to your security system so they can raise on a schedule when the sun comes up, and go down at bedtime for extra privacy.

  • Tableside Security Camera: An indoor security camera placed on your toddler’s dresser can act just like an HD baby monitor that you can view from a smartphone. And if they want something, they can use the 2-way talk feature included on the camera.

  • Outlet Plug Covers: While every outlet should have outlet safety caps on them when you have small children, this is doubly important in their bedroom. It’s the one place in your house where your toddler will most likely play solo without consistent parental supervision.

  • Window Safety Ladder: If you use bedrooms on the second floor, then you will want to install a window fire ladder. These will help your children escape when the hallway or ground floor are engulfed in smoke and fire. Remember to rehearse how to unfurl the ladder a few times a year.

  • Toy Chest Or Low Shelves: It’s interesting to think about a toy box as a safety item, but you’ll understand if you’ve ever tramped on an action figure in your stocking feet. A clean floor gives your child a quick way out if there’s a safety or security event.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Main Bedroom Safety Checklist For Alpharetta

The bedroom should be an oasis, so let your safety devices make you more responsive when there's an emergency event. After all, being startled awake by a loud alarm can be disorienting.

  • Security System Touchscreen: Having a smart hub on your bedside table gives you a sense of what’s going on without jumping out of bed. You could always log into your ADT smartphone app. However, the touchscreen may be better to use when you’re bleary-eyed and disoriented.

  • Phone Charging Station: We depend on our cell phones for so much now alarms, news readers, time wasters, and sometimes even phones. But, a depleted device can cut us off from communications if during an emergency. To make sure your phone always works, a an easy-to-use charging station becomes should be used nightly.

  • Nightlights Or Voice Activated Smart Lights: A small light can calm you when you’re bolted awake from a fire alarm or other noises. If you won’t drift off to sleep with an outlet light, put in smart bulbs in your fixtures. Then you can control light on-demand with a mobile device or vocal command.

  • Fireproof Lockbox: Keep your essential paperwork like insurance cards, stock certificates, or banking information in a fireproof lockbox. This can be a bigger one that camps out in a corner or a slender handheld safe that you can carry when you leave during a fire or other emergency.

  • Temperature Sensor: The problem with bedrooms is that they tend to feel too stuffy or be frigid because they are far from the thermostat. A heat sensor will talk to your smart thermostat so you will have a comfortable, restful sleep at just the right climate.

Garage Safety Checklist

Garage/Basement Safety Checklist For Alpharetta

Most safety issues in the basement or garage deal with your pipes or furnace. Seeing hazards before they start can prevent more devastating emergencies later on. So, as you look around your basement or garage, take note of these crucial items:

  • Water Detector Or Sump Pump Alarm: Putting a flood sensor next to your water heater or sump pump drain can save you from discovering a pond 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 beneficial to have a carbon monoxide alarm in areas where a gas leak can happen. If you employ gas heat, you’ll want to hang a detector in the same place as your HVAC unit.

  • WiFi Water Shutoff Valve: If your flood alarm detects a hot water leak or a broken pipe, then you need to shut off the primary water pipe immediately. With a wireless shutoff valve, you can turn off your water flow from any mobile device. That’s nice when you’re out of town and get a flood sensor notification on your smartphone.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage up leads to all sorts of headaches. You can waste heat through that gaping hole, and rodents or thieves can just walk in. A remote sensor will alert you to an open garage door and lets you close it with your phone.

  • Temperature Sensor: A heat sensor in your garage or basement is a definite if you worry about frozen pipes. The temperature in these areas can be surprisingly different than the rest of the home, so you will need to have a closer eye on them by using your security mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Home Perimeter Safety Checklist for Alpharetta

Your yard, drive, and front walk are just as important to make safe as the inside of your house. Use this checklist to defend your perimeter:

  • Outdoor Camera: You can install outdoor cameras to notify you about late night activity in your yard. These devices come in handy in places where you may not have a view -- like around a cellar or by the driveway.

  • Window Height Bushes: Tall foliage can create some privacy, but they also obscure you seeing into the yard and curb. Don’t offer potential burglars an area to hide. Plus, tall bushes or trees around your home can clog gutters and summon ants and termites.

  • ADT Yard Signs: One of the most popular discouragements for a thief is telling potential burglars that you own a state-of-the-art home security system. An ADT yard stick by the stoop and a window sticker will show people that they should move on to an easier house.

  • Motion Controlled Porch Lights: Light is the best enemy to those who skulk in the shadows. Motion-activated lights on your porch, garage, or deck can help scare possible intruders away. Lights also help you see the walk when you arrive home late after work.

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

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t help you with each household item on your Alpharetta home safety checklist, we can bring you a powerful home security. With alarms, security cameras, and home automation, we can customize the perfect system for your house’s needs. Simply contact (678) 251-9195 and talk to a professional or complete the form below. Or customize your own solution with our Security System Designer.