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Home Safety Checklist For Medford

Being safe and secure in your residence should be your topmost priority. But are you missing a few key safety components? Use this home safety checklist for Medford and find out where your living space requires greater attention.

This guide begins with a few whole-house safety items, and then we delve down to specific room ideas. Then, phone (541) 209-6918 or send in the form below to speak to a security expert.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

Essential Home Safety Checklist for Medford

While you may want to take a individual room process for home safety, there are a few items that are useful for your entire home. These items can link together through a smart hub, and often can work off other things. You can also control every one of your home safety devices through a smartphone app, like ADT Control:

  • Monitored Security System: Each one of your windows and doors should use a sensor that notifies you to a break-in. When an alarm goes off, your monitoring agent answers the alert and quickly sends the police or fire department.

  • Smart Bulbs For Each Room: Of course, you can set your smart bulbs to make your home more eco-conscience. But they can also allow you to keep safe during an emergency. Have your lights come on when a security alarm trips to shoo off intruders or illuminate a path to a outside place.

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

  • Monitored Smoke Detectors: It’s code that you should have a fire alarm on every level. You can improve your fire readiness by hanging a monitored fire detector that detects excessive smoke and heat, and pings your round-the-clock monitoring agents when it thinks that there’s a fire.

  • Smart Locks: Every entryway that utilizes a keyed lock can use a smart door lock. Now you may program key codes to family and friends and receive alerts to your mobile device when the locks are activated. Your smart lock can even automatically turn off, letting you quickly get out if you have a fire or dangerous situation.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Living Room/Family Room Safety Checklist For Medford

You’ll hang out most in the family room, so it can be the most reasonable room to optimize your home safety. Electronics, like your TV or video game console, usually are located in your family room, making it a tempting space for burglars. Start with installing a motion sensor or security camera in there, then try some of these suggestions:

  • Motion Sensors: By installing motion sensors, you’ll hear a high-decibel noise anytime they detect unexpected motion within your living room. The best devices are motion detectors that aren’t set off by a dog or cat or you’ll get your sirens go off each time your dog roams by for a drink of water.

  • Indoor Camera: An indoor security camera offers an eye on your family room. Get real-time feeds of the area so you can find out what’s going on from the mobile app. Or talk with family members when they come back from playing with the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Outlet Maintenance: Protect those electronics and quit overburdening your electric system with a surge protector. For additional convenience, install a smart plug with surge protection included.

  • Furniture Secured To The Wall: If you have curious kids, you’ll want to secure your heavy furniture and entertainment center to a wall. This is extra crucial if your family room has carpeting that might make objects extra unbalanced.

  • Special Locks For Sliding Glass Doors: If your family room uses a sliding door that leads to a deck, patio, or porch, you already can see that the latch is fairly thin. Put in an enhanced lock, like a cross bar or small locks that bolt to the bottom and top of the opening.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Medford

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

  • Fire Extinguisher: A fire can happen from an unwatched frying pan or a towel that’s too close to a burner. Always store a fire extinguisher at the ready for any kitchen emergencies.

  • GFCI Box On Every Outlet: A GFCI outlet should be installed on outlets where they’re close to water to lessen the chance of an electric shock. That means the plug outlets close to your kitchen counter and sink. Since 1987, it’s been standard to have one circuit interrupter outlet per dedicated circuit. But each one of your plugs will flip off if any outlet sees a surge, so you’ll want to install an unchained GFCI per outlet.

  • Monitored Carbon Monoxide Detector: A CO detector is handy in spaces that employ a gas stove and oven. If your gas lines leak, the CO detector will cause a loud sound and contact your monitoring professional.

  • Clorox Wipes Or Spray: The biggest safety problem in the kitchen is the invisible bacteria and protein from raw meat and vegetables. Always keep antiviral wipes or spray to clean your counters when preparing food.

  • Refrigerator/Freezer Alarm: The milk, meat, and perishables in the refrigerator need to remain at a chilly temperature to be ready to use. If you leave the fridge or freezer door open too long, then a constant beep will tell you to shut it securely. Some fridges already have an alarm, some won’t, and you’ll have to buy an external alarm from online.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Medford

Just because there’s not a bunch of space in your bathroom there’s still safety hazards. From flood prevention to medicine care, here are five safety improvements for your bathroom:

  • Flood Sensors: A leaking sink or bathtub can create a whole lot of damage. Find out early about leaks with a flood detector and save the time and money from renovations.

  • Textured Bathroom Mats: A slip in the bathroom can be painful, causing pulled muscles, sore joints, or sprained ankles. Or avoid these problems with a textured bath mat for your wet feet.

  • Non-slip Bathtub Stickers: Another water hazard, a tub can be a slippery surface to be on. It’s a good idea that every bathtub has some non-slip strips so your feet and toes have a bumpy patch to grip.

  • Medicine Door Latch: If you have young kids or someone with memory complications, you should take additional precautions regarding prescription medicine. Safeguard your prescriptions by installing a medicine cabinet with a locking latch.

  • GFCI Circuits: Similarly to the kitchen, you will have to also put in a safer circuit interrupter outlet on each bathroom circuit. These will stop the flow of the electricity if water enters the outlet or they experience a harmful spike from a hair dryer or curling iron.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Kid’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Medford

Your child’s bedroom should balance safety with simplicity. If their window shades or other items are safe but difficult to use, then your children may try unsafe methods -- like climb a chest of drawers -- to open them. Here are 5 straightforward, and safe, ideas:

  • Cord-Free Window Coverings: Safety professionals have designated cords from shades and blinds an unsuspecting problem for children and animals. Install motorized blinds or shades that kids can easily open and close through a remote control. Or go state-of-the-art and connect your motorized treatments to your security system so they can raise automatically when it’s time to get up, and lower at bedtime for added darkness.

  • Tableside Security Camera: A security camera perched on your toddler’s desk can double as an HD baby monitor that you can watch from your phone. And when they want you, they can use the intercom talk button on the camera.

  • Outlet Covers: While every outlet should have protective covers on them for your small children, this is doubly important in their bedroom. It’s the one room in your home where your child will most likely play by themselves without consistent additional supervision.

  • Window Safety Ladder: If you use bedrooms on above the first floor, then you need to have a window escape ladder. These will let a young one get out of their room when the hallway or lower levels are on fire. Remember to rehearse how to use the ladder one or two times a year.

  • Toy Box Or Low Bookshelves: It’s weird to view a toy box as a safety component, but you’ll understand if you’ve ever walked on an action figure in your bare feet. A uncluttered floor let your child have a quick way out during a safety or security event.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Main Bedroom Safety Checklist For Medford

The master bedroom should be your calm space, so let your safety components make life easier if there's an emergency. After all, being jerked awake by a loud alarm can be quite a shock.

  • Security System Touchscreen: Having a smart hub on your dresser helps you know what’s happening without jumping out of bed. You could alternatively use your ADT phone app. However, the large touchscreen can be easier to control to use when you’re yawning and finding your bearings.

  • Phone Charging Stand: We depend on our smartphones for so many things now alarm clocks, web browsers, time wasters, and maybe even phones. However, an uncharged device in the middle of the night cuts us off from reaching help if something goes wrong. To make sure your phone always works, a charging station or cord is an important part of your nightstand.

  • Nightlight/Smart Lights: A plug-in light helps ground you when you’re startled awake from an alarm or other sounds. If you won’t drift off to sleep with a nightlight, install a smart bulb in your bedroom and hall. Then you can control light on-demand with a button push or voice direction.

  • Fireproof Lockbox: Keep your essential documents like insurance cards, stock certificates, or a spare checkbook in a fireproof lockbox. This can be a big one that is located in your closet or a slender portable lockbox that you can carry as you escape during an emergency event.

  • Temperature Sensor: The problem with bedrooms is that they can feel too hot or be frigid since they are far from the thermostat. A temperature sensor can communicate to your smart thermostat so you should have a comfortable, peaceful sleep at a wonderful temperature.

Garage Safety Checklist

Garage/Basement Safety Checklist For Medford

Most safety issues in the basement or garage deal with your water or furnace. Seeing hazards early can prevent larger disasters in the future. So, as you look around your basement or garage, pay attention to these safety items:

  • Flood Detector Or Sump Pump Alarm: Putting a flood sensor by your water heater and sump pump can stop you from finding a mess when you walk into your garage or basement. It’s definitely better than rummaging through a bunch of soiled storage boxes.

  • Carbon Monoxide Detector: It’s smart to hang a carbon monoxide detector in areas where a natural gas leak can happen. If you have gas heat, try to install an alarm in the same place as your unit.

  • Wireless Water Shutoff Valve: If your flood alarm senses a hot water heater leak or a burst pipe, then you will have to cut off the main water valve quickly. With a remote shutoff valve, you can stop water flow from any mobile device. That’s perfect when you’re on vacation and get an emergency leak text on your smartphone.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage open leads to all types of headaches. You can lose a bunch of heat or air through that large opening, and rodents or lurkers can just wander in. A remote sensor will alert you to a forgotten garage door and lets you lower it remotely.

  • Temperature Sensor: A heat alarm in your basement or garage is a definite if you worry about your pipes freezing. The heat in these areas can be drastically different than the rest of the home, so you will want to maintain a constant look on the temperature by using the ADT mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Home Perimeter Safety Checklist for Medford

Your front yard, driveway, and front step are just as imperative to defend as the rest of your house. Use this checklist to create a safe outside:

  • Outdoor Security Camera: You can place outdoor cameras to alert you to unusual lurkers in your back yard. These security cameras are especially useful in areas where you may not have a window -- like a side yard or by the garage.

  • Window Height Bushes: Overgrown shrubs can create some privacy, but they also hinder your line of sight of the yard. Don’t provide potential thieves a place to hide. Plus, tall shrubs or trees too close to your structure can obstruct gutters and invite bugs.

  • ADT Yard Signs: One of the biggest disincentives for a break-in is alerting aspiring intruders that you have a state-of-the-art ADT security system. An ADT yard stick by the stoop and a window decal will show ne'er-do-wells that they should shove off to an less prepared score.

  • Motion Triggered Flood Light Fixtures: Light is the largest deterrent to those who lurk in the shadows. Motion-triggered lighting on your deck, patio, or garage can frighten possible intruders away. They also help you get inside when you arrive to the house late at night.

Contact Secure24 Alarm Systems To Help You With Your Home Safety Checklist for Medford

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t deliver non-security devices on your Medford home safety checklist, we can bring you a state-of-the-art home security. With alarms, security cameras, and home automation, we can personalize the best system for your home’s needs. Simply call (541) 209-6918 to get started or complete the form below. Or personalize your own system with our Security System Designer.