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Home Safety Checklist For Camden

Keeping safe in your house should be your largest priority. But are you missing a few key safety components? Look over this home safety checklist for Camden and find out where your house needs some work.

This guide starts with some whole-home safety items, and then we delve down on a room level. Then, call (856) 259-5771 or fill out the form below to get your home ready.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

Essential Home Safety Checklist for Camden

While you may want to take a room-by-room approach to home safety, there are some items that work for the whole-house approach. These components can sync to each other through a touchscreen hub, and often can respond to other things. You might also control all your home safety components through a mobile security app, like ADT Control:

  • Monitored Home Security System: Each one of your windows and doors should employ a sensor that warns you and your family to intrusion. When an alarm goes off, your monitoring center responds to the alert and contacts a first responder.

  • Smart Lighting For Most Rooms: Sure, you can set your smart lighting so your home is more eco-conscience. But they can also help you stay safe in an emergency. Have your smart bulbs come on when an alarm triggers to scare off robbers or brighten your way to a safe area.

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

  • Monitored Fire Detectors: It’s code that you will have a fire alarm on every level of your house. You can increase your fire preparedness by installing a monitored fire detector that senses unusual smoke and heat, and alerts your round-the-clock monitoring agents when it detects a fire.

  • Smart Door Locks: Every entryway that uses a deadbolt can use a smart lock. Now you can set numbered codes to each family member and receive alerts to your mobile device when the locks are activated. Your doors can even automatically open, allowing you to quickly get out when you have a fire or dangerous situation.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Family Room Safety Checklist For Camden

You’ll spend most of your time in the living room, so it’s the perfect room to improve your home safety. Popular items, like your TV or video game console, usually reside in your living room, making it a tempting area for burglars. Begin with placing a motion detector or security camera by the doorway, then continue on with some of these ideas:

  • Motion Sensors: By installing motion sensors, you’ll have a loud noise whenever they sense unusual movement within your family room. The best devices are motion sensors that aren’t set off by pets or you’ll have an alert each time your pet comes in for a bite of food.

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

  • Surge Protector/Outlet Maintenance: Protect expensive electronics and stop overburdening your electric system with a surge protector. For extra convenience, set up a smart plug with anti-surge functionality built-in.

  • Entertainment Center Attached To The Wall: If you have babies or toddlers, you’ll want to bolt your bookshelves and entertainment center to the wall. This is extra crucial if your family room has carpeting that could make heavy objects extra unbalanced.

  • Special Locks For Glass Doors: If your living room has a sliding door that leads to a patio, deck, or screened-in porch, you already get that the lock is pretty flimsy. Put in 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 Camden

The kitchen has room for items that can add safety to your house. Many of these things should be simple to add and can be found in the grocery store:

  • Fire Extinguisher: A fire can come from from an overfilled skillet or a towel that’s too close to a burner. Always store a fire extinguisher at the ready for any cooking emergencies.

  • GFCI Box On Each Outlet: A GFCI outlet should be standard everywhere there’s nearby running water to prevent electrocution. That includes the plugs close to your kitchen counter and sink. Since 1987, it’s been code to have one circuit interrupter outlet per circuit. But all your plugs will go if any outlet senses a surge, so you’re going to want to have an unchained GFCI for every outlet.

  • Monitored Carbon Monoxide Detector: A CO detector is needed in spaces that use a gas stove and oven. If your gas burners malfunction, the carbon monoxide detector will play a high-decibel siren and contact your monitoring expert.

  • Disinfectant Wipes Or Spray: The most overlooked safety problem in the kitchen is actually bacteria and cross-contamination from blood from meat and vegetables. Always keep cleaning wipes or spray to clean your counters after making a meal.

  • Refrigerator/Freezer Alarm: The milk, meat, and perishables in the refrigerator have to remain at a chilly temperature to be healthy to use. If you accidently leave the freezer or refrigerator door open, then an alarm beep will let you know so you can close the door. Some appliances come with this installed, others won’t, and you’ll have to get an external alarm from online.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Camden

Just because you may not have a bunch of room in your bathroom doesn’t mean that there aren’t safety concerns. From water problems to anti-surge outlets, here are some safety tips for your bathroom:

  • Flood Detectors: A leaking toilet or shower can lead to a whole lot of destruction. Discover a leak with a flood detector and save yourself from reflooring the whole bathroom.

  • Textured Bath Mats: A fall in the bathroom can be a painful occurrence, causing pulled muscles, gashed heads, or broken bones. Make sure you prevent these hazards with a no-slip bath mat for after your bath or shower.

  • No-slip Bathtub Strips: Another water hazard, a bathtub can be a slick place to stand in. Make sure each tub has some no-slip stickies so your feet have a bumpy patch to gain traction.

  • Medicine Door Lock: If you have little children or anyone with memory complications, you have to take additional precautions regarding medicine. Secure your bottles by getting a medicine cabinet with a child-proof lock.

  • Circuit Interrupter Outlet: Just like the kitchen, you need to also install a safer circuit interrupter outlet on every bathroom circuit. This will stop the flow of the current if water splashes on them or there’s a harmful surge from an electric razor or hair dryer.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Children’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Camden

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

  • No Cord Window Coverings: Safety agencies have identified cords from shades and blinds a hidden danger for both children and pets. Install motorized blinds or shades that your child can easily control through a remote. Or better yet, connect your motorized treatments to your ADT smart hub so they open without anyone’s help when it’s time to get up, and close at night for extra privacy.

  • Tableside Security Camera: An indoor security camera placed on your kid’s desk or dresser can double as a high tech baby monitor that you can view from your phone. And if they want your help, they can push the 2-way talk feature on the camera.

  • Outlet Covers: While every outlet should use outlet safety caps on them to protect your young children, this is doubly needed in their bedroom. It’s the one place in your house where your toddler will most likely be solo without constant additional supervision.

  • Window Fire Ladder: If you have bedrooms on an upper floor, then you will want to put in a window fire ladder. These will let a child get out of their room when the hallway or lower levels are on fire. Just remember to practice how to unfurl the ladder at least twice a year.

  • Toy Chest Or Low Shelves: It’s weird to look at a toy box as a safety device, but you’ll understand if you’ve ever tramped on a building block in your stocking feet. A clutter-free floor let your child have a quick escape if there’s a fire or break-in.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Main Bedroom Safety Checklist For Camden

Your master bedroom should be a refuge, so let your safety components give you peace of mind when you experience an emergency. After all, being jerked awake by a loud siren can be confusing.

  • Smart Hub Touchscreen: Having a touchscreen on your nightstand gives you a sense of what’s what that noise was without leaving your bed. You could alternatively turn on your ADT phone app but, the large touchscreen may be easier to use to use when you’re coming out of sleep and finding your bearings.

  • Phone Charging Stand: We depend on our cell phones for so much now alarms, web browsers, social media, and --legend has it-- even phones. The only problem is that an uncharged cell 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.

  • Nightlight/Smart Lights: A small light can calm you when you’re startled awake from a siren or other sounds. If you have trouble falling asleep with an outlet light, use smart lights in your fixtures. Then you can have light on-demand with a mobile device or vocal command.

  • Fireproof Safe: Stash your vital paperwork like birth certificates, passports, or a spare checkbook in a fireproof lockbox. Your lockbox can be a bigger one that sits in your closet or a smaller portable lockbox that you can snatch when you leave during a fire or other emergency.

  • Heat Sensor: The issue with most bedrooms is that they can feel too warm or be cold since they are across the house from the thermostat. A temperature sensor will communicate to your smart thermostat so you should have a pleasant, restful sleep at the perfect climate.

Garage Safety Checklist

Garage/Basement Safety Checklist For Camden

Most safety needs in the garage or basement deal with your pipes or HVAC system. Discovering problems at the source can stop more devastating emergencies in the future. So, as you take a look around your garage or basement, pay attention to these crucial items:

  • Water Detector Or Sump Pump Alarm: Putting a flood alarm next to your water heater and sump pump drain can save you from finding a lake when you step into your garage or basement. It’s sure better than rummaging through a heap of destroyed storage boxes.

  • CO Alarm: It’s smart to have a CO alarm in areas where a gas leak can spring up. If you have gas heat, you’ll want to install a detector in the same place as your unit.

  • Wireless Water Shutoff Valve: If your flood detector detects a hot water heater leak or a burst pipe, then you will have to cap the primary water line quickly. With a WiFi shutoff valve, you can turn off your water flow from any mobile device. That’s nice when you’re on vacation and get an emergency leak alert on your smartphone.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage door open brings about all types of issues. You can waste heat or air through that large opening, and critters or intruders can just saunder in. A sensor will text you about an open garage door and lets you lower it with your phone.

  • Heat Sensor: A temperature alarm in your garage or basement is a definite if you wonder about your pipes freezing. The temperature in these areas can be surprisingly different than your main rooms of the home, so you will want to have a closer eye on the temperature with your security mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Outside Perimeter Safety Checklist for Camden

Your foliage, driveway, and front step are just as crucial to secure as the rest of your house. Use this checklist to defend your perimeter:

  • Outdoor Security Camera: You can install outdoor security cameras to guard against unusual activity in your back yard. These security cameras come in handy in places where you might not have a window installed -- like a side yard or by the garage door.

  • Window Height Bushes: Overgrown shrubs can give you some solitude, but they also block your view of the yard. Don’t give potential burglars a place to hide. Plus, tall shrubs or greenery too close to your home can obstruct gutters and invite ants and termites.

  • ADT Signs And Decals: One of the biggest disincentives for a break-in is alerting potential rogues that you use a state-of-the-art home security system. An ADT sign by the main walk and a window sticker will tell lurkers that they might want to move on to an unprotected house.

  • Motion Activated Porch Lighting: Light is the greatest obstacle to those who sneak around in the unlit places. Motion-controlled lights on your deck, porch, or garage can shoo possible intruders away. Lights also help you get inside when you come to the house late after work.

Contact Secure24 Alarm Systems To Help You Finish Your Home Safety Checklist for Camden

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t deliver every item on your Camden home safety checklist, we can offer a customized home security system. With everything from alarms to thermostats, we can personalize the perfect system for your family’s needs. Simply phone (856) 259-5771 for more information or complete the form below. Or personalize your own system with our Security System Designer.