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Home Safety Checklist For Pensacola

Keeping safe in your house should be your topmost responsibility. But are you forgetting a few key safety items? Use this home safety checklist for Pensacola and find out where your home needs some work.

This guide begins with five whole-house safety ideas, and then we whittle it down to specific room ideas. Then, you can call (850) 347-8091 or send in the form below to get your house ready.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

General Home Safety Checklist for Pensacola

While you may want to employ a individual room approach to home safety in Pensacola, there are a few items that work for all of your rooms. These devices can link with one another through a wireless hub, and oftentimes work off one another. You can also manage every one of your home safety equipment using a mobile security app, like ADT Control:

  • Monitored Home Security System: All your entryways should use a sensor that notifies you to a break-in. As an alarm trips, your monitoring expert answers the alert and quickly contacts a first responder.

  • Smart Lights For Every Major Room: Sure, you can schedule your smart bulbs to become more eco-conscience. But smart lights can also help you keep safe throughout an emergency. Make your lights flash on when a sensor trips to frighten off intruders or light the way out to a secure place.

  • Smart Thermostat: Likewise, a smart thermostat in Pensacola can save you 10%-15% in energy spending. It also can start the exhaust fan if you have a fire.

  • Monitored Fire Detectors: It’s code that you should have a fire alarm on every level of your house. You can improve your fire game by utilizing a monitored fire detector that senses both heat and smoke, and notifies your 24/7 monitoring agents when it detects a fire.

  • Smart Locks: Every door that uses a deadbolt can be made safer with a smart lock. Now you can assign numbered codes to each family member and get alerts to your mobile device when they are used. Your doors can even automatically open, letting you quickly get out if you have a fire or dangerous situation.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Living Room/Family Room Safety Checklist For Pensacola

You’ll spend a lot of time in your family room, so it’s the perfect area to start making your home safer. Popular items, like your TV or stereo system, typically are located in your living room, making it an alluring area for thieves. Start with placing a motion sensor or indoor camera in your room, then continue on with all these ideas:

  • Motion Sensors: By putting in motion detectors, you’ll hear a loud siren if they detect suspicious motion within your living room. The best devices are motion sensors that ignore pets or you’ll see a tripped alarm every time your dog passes through for a bite of food.

  • Indoor Camera: An indoor security camera offers a constant watch on your family room. Watch real-time feeds of everything so you can know what’s happening without leaving your bed. Or talk with your family in the room using the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Outlet Maintenance: Make sure you protect all your electronics and quit overtaxing your circuits with a surge protector. For added convenience, install a smart plug with anti-surge functionality included.

  • Entertainment Center Attached To The Wall: If you have any small children, you’ll want to attach your bookshelves and entertainment center to your wall. This is extra important if your living room uses carpeting that could make objects extra wobbly.

  • Special Locks For Sliding Doors: If your family room uses a sliding door that opens to a patio, deck, or screened-in porch, you can see that the lock is usually worthless. Use a custom lock, like a metal bar or small locks that are located on the bottom and top of the opening.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Pensacola

The kitchen has room for items that should bring safety and security to your house. Some of these things are also simple to add and can be bought from the grocery store:

  • Fire Extinguisher: A fire can come from from an overfilled skillet or an errant grease splatter. Always keep a fire extinguisher at hand for any stove or oven emergencies.

  • Circuit Interrupter Box On Each Outlet: A circuit interrupter outlet should be standard everywhere they’re close to water to lessen the chance of electrocution. That means the outlets around your kitchen counter and sink. For 30 years, it’s been required to have one circuit interrupter outlet per dedicated circuit. But each one of your plugs will go if one outlet senses a surge, so you’ll want to have a separate GFCI per outlet.

  • Monitored CO Detector: A carbon monoxide detector is needed in spaces that have a gas oven and range. If your gas lines spring a leak, the carbon monoxide detector will play a loud, buzzing siren and call your monitoring expert.

  • Clorox Wipes Or Spray: The most overlooked safety issue in the kitchen is actually bacteria and contamination from blood from meat and vegetables. Always keep cleaning wipes or an antibacterial spray to scrub off your surfaces before and after cooking.

  • Refrigerator/Freezer Alarm: The items in your fridge need to remain at a constant temperature to be safe to consume. If you leave the refrigerator door open too long, then an alarm beep will tell you to close the door. Some appliances come with a pre-installed alarm, others won’t, and you’ll have to pick up a fridge alarm from the hardware store.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Pensacola

Just because you don’t a lot of square footage in your bathroom, you will still have safety concerns. From water problems to anti-surge outlets, here are five safety improvements for your bathroom:

  • Flood Detectors: A leaking sink or tub can cause extensive water damage. Find out early about leaks with a flood detector and save yourself from reflooring the whole bathroom.

  • Textured Bath Mats: A slip and fall in the bathroom can be a painful occurrence, causing cuts, bruises, or trips to the hospital. Make sure you prevent these problems with a textured bathroom mat for your wet feet.

  • Non-slip Bathtub Strips: Like a tiled floor, a tub can be a slippery place to be on. Make sure each tub has some non-slip stickers so your toes have a textured patch to grip.

  • Medicine Door Lock: If you have young children or someone with memory difficulties, you need to take additional attention regarding prescribed medicine. Secure your bottles by getting a medicine cabinet with a locking latch.

  • Circuit Interrupter Outlet: Similarly to the kitchen, you need to also put in a grounded circuit interrupter outlet on every bathroom circuit. This will stop the flow of the current if water enters the outlet or they experience a sudden spike from a curling iron or hair dryer.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Kid’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Pensacola

Your child’s bedroom should counterbalance safety with accessibility. If their window treatments or other items are safe but difficult to use, then your children may try unsafe methods -- like shimmying up a dresser -- to open them. Here are some easy, and safe, ideas:

  • No Cord Window Treatments: Safety experts have long called corded window treatments an unsuspecting problem for children and animals. Put in motorized shades that you can easily open and close via remote control. Or better yet, connect your motorized coverings to your ADT smart hub so they open automatically when it’s time to get up, and close at bedtime for extra privacy.

  • Tableside Security Camera: An indoor security camera perched on your kid’s dresser can double as a baby monitor that you can see with a smartphone. And when they need your help, they can hit the 2-way talk feature that comes with the camera.

  • Plug Covers: While each outlet should use protective covers on them when you have small children, this is doubly urgent in a child’s bedroom. It’s the one room in your house where your children will most likely be solo without adult supervision.

  • Window Escape Ladder: If you have bedrooms on the second level, then you should have a window safety ladder. These can let your children escape even if the stairs or ground floor are engulfed in smoke and fire. Make sure to rehearse how to use the ladder one or two times a year.

  • Toy Box Or Low Shelves: It’s weird to think about a toy chest as a safety device, but you’ll get it if you’ve ever tramped on a Lego in your socked feet. A clean floor means a quick escape if there’s a fire or break-in.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist For Pensacola

The master bedroom should be a refuge, so let your safety components make you more responsive when you experience an emergency. After all, being wrenched awake by a wailing buzzer can be confusing.

  • Security System Touchscreen: Having a smart hub on your bedside table lets you see what’s what that noise was without getting out of bed. You could always use your ADT smartphone app but, the touchscreen may be easier to manage to use when you’re bleary-eyed and finding your bearings.

  • Personal Charging Stand: We use our smartphones for so much now alarms, web browsers, social media, and --legend has it-- even phones. However, a dead device in the middle of the night cuts us off from reaching help if something goes wrong. So, a an easy-to-use charging station is an important part of your nightstand.

  • Nightlights Or Voice Activated Smart Lights: A plug-in light can calm you when you’re bolted awake from an alarm or other loud sounds. If you have trouble falling asleep with a nightlight, use a smart bulb in your fixtures. Then you can control light on-demand with a mobile device or voice command.

  • Fireproof Safe: Keep your vital paperwork like birth certificates, medical information, or a spare checkbook in a fireproof lockbox. Your safe can be a bigger one that is located in a corner or a slender portable lockbox that you can grab on your way out during an emergency event.

  • Temperature Sensor: The problem with bedrooms is that they can be too warm or be frigid since they sit across the house from the thermostat. A heat sensor will talk to your smart thermostat so you should have a pleasant, peaceful sleep at just the right climate.

Garage Safety Checklist

Basement/Garage Safety Checklist For Pensacola

Most safety issues in the garage or basement have to do with your water or heating system. Discovering issues early can prevent bigger emergencies later on. So, as you take a look around your garage or basement, check over these crucial items:

  • Flood Detector Or Sump Pump Alarm: Installing a flood sensor in back of your water heater and sump pump drain can prevent you from finding a lake when you go into your basement or garage. It’s sure better than sifting through a bunch of soggy storage boxes.

  • Carbon Monoxide Detector: It’s beneficial to have a carbon monoxide detector in areas where a gas leak can spring up. If you use a gas furnace, you should install an alarm in the same room as your HVAC unit.

  • WiFi Water Shutoff Valve: If your water alarm detects a plumbing leak or a broken pipe, then you need to cap the primary water valve immediately. With a WiFi shutoff valve, you can stop water flow from your phone. That’s helpful when you’re visiting relatives and receive a flood sensor text on your mobile device.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage door open brings about all sorts of problems. You can lose a bunch of heat through that gaping hole, and critters or lurkers can just wander in. A remote sensor will alert you to a forgotten garage door and lets you lower it remotely.

  • Heat Sensor: A heat sensor in your basement or garage is a definite if you worry about your pipes freezing. The temperature in these rooms can be drastically different than the rest of the house, so you will need to have a close look on the temp through the ADT mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Outside Perimeter Safety Checklist for Pensacola

Your landscaping, drive, and front step are just as imperative to secure as the inside of your house. Try the items on this checklist to defend your perimeter:

  • Outdoor Camera: You can hang outdoor security cameras to guard against suspicious lurkers in your back yard. These devices come in handy in places where you may not have a window installed -- like a side yard or by the garage.

  • Low Shrubbery: Overgrown bushes can create some solitude, but they also obscure your line of sight of the yard. Don’t give potential burglars a place to hide. Plus, tall bushes or trees too close to your home can obstruct gutters and summon ants and termites.

  • ADT Signage: One of the most popular discouragements for a break-in is alerting would-be burglars that you have an updated security system. An ADT yard stick by the main walk and a window sticker will tell ne'er-do-wells that they ought to move on to an less prepared score.

  • Motion Activated Outside Lighting: Light is the biggest obstacle to those who skulk in the dark. Motion-controlled lighting on your porch, garage, or deck can frighten possible intruders away. Flood lights also help you get inside when you come back home on those dark, winter nights.

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

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t deliver each household item on your Pensacola home safety checklist, we can bring you a powerful home security system. With easy-to-use devices and ADT monitoring, we can install the perfect system for your home’s needs. Simply call (850) 347-8091 for more information or complete the form below. Or personalize your own system with our Security System Designer.

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