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Home Safety Checklist For Savannah

Being safe in your residence should be your largest responsibility. But are you missing a few big safety components? Take this home safety checklist for Savannah and see where your living space can use greater attention.

We give you a few whole-home safety ideas, and then we whittle it down to specific room ideas. Then, phone (912) 226-4483 or send in the form below for additional information.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

General Home Safety Checklist for Savannah

While you may want to employ a individual room process for home safety, there are some things that are useful for each part of your house. These items can talk with one another through a wireless hub, and oftentimes react to one another. You might also control each of your home safety devices using a smartphone app, like ADT Control:

  • Monitored Home Security System: Each one of your entryways should use a sensor that notifies you and your family to a break-in. When an alarm goes off, your monitoring team picks up the alert and quickly sends a first responder.

  • Smart Bulbs For Each Room: Sure, you can program your smart lights to become more energy-efficient. But they can also help you stay safe in an emergency. Have your smart bulbs flash on when a security alarm trips to frighten off robbers or light a path to a outside location.

  • Smart Thermostat: Likewise, a smart thermostat in Savannah can save you 10%-15% in energy spending. Also, it can turn on the exhaust fan when your alarms senses a fire.

  • Monitored Fire Alarms: It’s code that you have a fire detector on every level. You can improve your fire game by utilizing a monitored fire detector that senses excessive heat and smoke, and pings your round-the-clock monitoring agents when it detects a fire.

  • Smart Door Locks: Every doorway that uses a keyed lock can use a smart door lock. Now you may assign codes to each family member and receive notifications to your smartphone when they are activated. Your smart lock can even automatically unlock, helping you to quickly flee the house during a fire or other emergency.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Family Room/Living Room Safety Checklist For Savannah

You’ll spend most of your time in the living room, so it may be the best place to improve your home safety. Electronics, like a big screen or video game console, probably reside in your living room, making it a popular area for thieves. Begin with hanging a motion detector or indoor camera in your room, then continue on with the following ideas:

  • Motion Sensors: By hanging motion sensors, you’ll have a shrieking siren whenever they sense suspicious motion in your living room. Look for motion sensors that aren’t set off by a dog or cat or you’ll see an alert every time your pet comes in for a bite of food.

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

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

  • Heavy Furniture Attached To The Wall: If you have curious kids, you’ll need to secure your entertainment center or other heavy furniture to your wall. This is especially important if your family room has carpeting that can make objects extra unstable.

  • Special Locks For Glass Doors: If your family room has a sliding door that slides out to a backyard, deck, or porch, you probably know that the door lock is fairly flimsy. Install an enhanced lock, like a cross bar or small locks that secures the door to the bottom and top of the opening.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Savannah

Your kitchen has room for items that should provide safety and security to your home. Some of these items should be simple to add and should be found in the Target or Walmart:

  • Fire Extinguisher: Fire can happen from a neglected skillet or a faulty burner. Always keep a fire extinguisher in close reach for any kitchen emergencies.

  • Circuit Interrupter Box On Each Outlet: A GFCI outlet should be standard everywhere there’s nearby water to ward off electrocution. That means the plug outlets by your sink and kitchen counter. For 30 years, it’s been standard to have one GFCI per dedicated circuit. But for simplicity’s sake, try to have a single GFCI for every outlet.

  • Monitored Carbon Monoxide Detector: A carbon monoxide detector is handy in kitchens that employ natural gas for the oven and stove. If your gas appliances leak, the CO detector will play a loud, buzzing sound and contact your monitoring agent.

  • Disinfectant Wipes Or Spray: The biggest safety problem in the kitchen is the invisible bacteria and cross-contamination from blood from meat and other foods. Always have cleaning wipes or an antibacterial spray to scrub off your area after making a meal.

  • Refrigerator Alarm: The items in the refrigerator have to remain at a constant temperature to be healthy to consume. If you accidently leave the fridge or freezer door open, then an alarm beep will tell you to close the door. Some fridges come with this installed, some do not, and you’ll have to pick up a fridge alarm from online.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Savannah

Just because you may not have a lot of space in your bathroom, you will still have safety concerns. From water problems to electric safety, here are a few safety improvements for your bathroom:

  • Flood Sensors: A leaking toilet or shower can create a whole lot of damage. Find a leak with a flood detector before they generate hundreds to thousands of dollars in renovations.

  • Non-slip Shower Mats: A slip in the bathroom can be devastating, causing bumps, bruises, or sprained ankles. You can avoid these hazards with a textured bathroom mat for after your bath or shower.

  • No-slip Bathtub Stickies: Likewise, a tub basin can be a slick area to stand in. Make sure each tub has some non-slip strips so your feet and toes have a rough patch to grip.

  • Medicine Door Lock: If you have little kids or a family member with memory difficulties, you have to take extra attention regarding prescribed medicine. Hide away your pills and syrups by getting a medicine cabinet with a latch that locks.

  • Circuit Interrupter Outlet: While installing better outlets in the kitchen, you will have to also install a grounded circuit interrupter outlet on every bathroom receptacle. This will shut off the electricity if they ever get wet or you have a harmful surge from an electric razor or hair dryer.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Child’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Savannah

Your child’s bedroom should pair safety with simplicity. If their window coverings or other things are safe but hard to operate, then your child may get around the device with risky activities -- like climb a dresser -- to use them. Here are 5 straightforward, yet safe, ideas:

  • No Cord Window Coverings: Safety experts have designated window treatment cords an unsuspecting problem for children and animals. Use motorized treatments that kids can easily manage through a remote control. Or go state-of-the-art and pair your motorized coverings to your ADT security system so they rise on a schedule when the sun comes up, and close at bedtime for added darkness.

  • Indoor Security Camera: A camera sitting on your toddler’s desk or dresser can act like an HD baby monitor that you can watch from a smartphone. And when they need something, they can push the 2-way talk feature that comes with the camera.

  • Plug Covers: While each outlet should use outlet safety caps on them when you have little children, this is especially needed in a child’s bedroom. It’s the one room in your house where your child will most likely be alone without consistent adult supervision.

  • Window Fire Ladder: If you have bedrooms on above the first story, then you need to have a window fire ladder. These should let your children get out of their room when the hallway or downstairs are on fire. Just remember to practice how to employ the ladder a few times a year.

  • Toy Box Or Low Bookshelves: It’s interesting to think about a toy chest as a safety item, but you’ll get it if you’ve ever stepped on an action figure in your bare feet. A clutter-free floor let your child have a quick escape if there’s an emergency.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Main Bedroom Safety Checklist For Savannah

Your bedroom should be your calm space, so let your safety components give you peace of mind if there's an emergency. After all, being startled awake by a high-decibel buzzer can be confusing.

  • Security System Touchscreen: Having a smart hub on your bedside table lets you see what’s going on without getting out of bed. You could alternatively turn on your ADT smartphone app. However, the large touchscreen may be easier to manage to use when you’re yawning and finding your bearings.

  • Phone Charging Area: We rely on our phones for so much now alarms, news readers, game machines, and sometimes even phones. But, an uncharged phone can cut us off from reaching help if during an emergency. To keep it nice and ready, a charging station or cord becomes an essential.

  • Nightlight/Smart Lights: A small light helps ground you when you’re bolted awake from a fire alarm or other loud noises. If you have trouble falling asleep with a small nightlight, install smart bulbs in your fixtures. Then you can control light on-demand with a button push or voice command.

  • Fireproof Lockbox: Store your essential paperwork like social security cards, stock certificates, or a spare checkbook in a fireproof safe. Your lockbox can be a big one that sits in your closet or a smaller handheld safe that you can snatch as you escape during a fire or other emergency.

  • Heat Sensor: The drawback with a master bedroom is that they tend to run too hot or be cold because they are located far away from the thermostat. A temperature sensor will communicate to your smart thermostat so you can have a nice, restful sleep at the perfect temperature.

Garage Safety Checklist

Garage/Basement Safety Checklist For Savannah

Most safety issues in the garage or basement have to do with your pipes or heating system. Discovering problems early can stave away larger disasters later on. So, as you take a look around your storage areas, pay attention to these critical items:

  • Water Sensor Or Sump Pump Alarm: Placing a flood sensor by your water heater or sump pump can save you from finding a mess when you go into your garage or basement. It’s much better than rummaging through a bunch of destroyed storage boxes.

  • Carbon Monoxide Alarm: It’s smart to have a CO alarm in a place where a natural gas leak can occur. If you use gas heat, try to put a detector in the same room as your unit.

  • Remote Water Shutoff Valve: If your water sensor detects a hot water heater leak or a broken pipe, then you will want to cut off the primary water valve immediately. With a WiFi shutoff valve, you can block water flow from your phone. That’s helpful when you’re out of town and get a flood sensor text on your smartphone.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage up causes all types of headaches. You can lose a bunch of heat through that gaping hole, and rodents or thieves can just saunder in. A remote sensor will notify you about a forgotten garage door and lets you close it through the app.

  • Temperature Sensor: A heat sensor in your garage or basement is a definite if you worry about frozen pipes. The temperature in these rooms can be drastically different than the main part of the home, so you will want to have a constant look on them with your security mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Home Perimeter Safety Checklist for Savannah

Your foliage, drive, and front step are just as imperative to defend as the interior of your house. Try this checklist to make your outside safe:

  • Outdoor Camera: You can install outdoor cameras to alert you to unusual movement in your back yard. These cameras are nice in areas where you might not have a window installed -- like around a cellar or by the driveway.

  • Low Shrubbery: Overgrown foliage can offer some privacy, but they also hinder your view of the yard and curb. Don’t give potential intruders a place to hide. Plus, high bushes, shrubs or greenery too close to your structure can obstruct gutters and summon ants and termites.

  • ADT Signage: One of the biggest disincentives for a thief is advertising to potential intruders that you use a monitored home security system. An ADT yard sign by the main walk and a window cling will tell lurkers that they ought to move on to an unprotected target.

  • Motion Triggered Outside Lights: Light is the largest obstacle to people who skulk in the shadows. Motion-triggered flood lights on your deck, patio, or garage can help scare lurkers away. Flood lights also help you work the locks when you arrive home late at night.

Use Secure24 Alarm Systems To Help Complete Your Home Safety Checklist for Savannah

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t deliver each household item on your Savannah home safety checklist, we can install a state-of-the-art home security system. With easy-to-use devices and ADT monitoring, we can customize the ideal system for your home’s needs. Simply call (912) 226-4483 for more information or send in the form below. Or personalize your own ADT system with our Security System Designer.