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Home Safety Checklist For Jonesboro

Keeping safe and secure in your house should be your largest concern. But are you overlooking some useful safety components? Use this home safety checklist for Jonesboro and discover where your home requires an update.

We give you some whole-house safety items, and then we break it down room-by-room. Then, you can call (870) 705-5022 or send in the form below to get your house set up.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

Basic Home Safety Checklist for Jonesboro

While you should employ a room-by-room method for home safety, there are a few items that are useful for the whole house. These devices can link with one another through a smart hub, and oftentimes respond to other things. You might also control each of your home safety equipment through a smartphone app, like ADT Control:

  • Monitored Home Security System: Each one of your entryways should have a sensor that notifies your family to intrusion. When your alarm trips, your monitoring agent picks up the call and quickly sends the police or fire department.

  • Smart Bulbs For Each Room: Of course, you can set your smart bulbs to make your house more efficient. But they can also allow you to keep safe during an emergency. Have your smart bulbs flip on when a sensor goes off to frighten off intruders or brighten your way to a safe place.

  • Smart Thermostat: Like your smart lights, a smart thermostat in Jonesboro could save you 10%-15% in energy spending. Also, it can turn on the exhaust fan if you have a fire.

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

  • Smart Lock For Every Door: Every doorway that utilizes a deadbolt can upgrade to a smart door lock. Now you can program key codes to each family member and get notifications to your mobile device when your locks are used. Your doors can even automatically unlock, letting you quickly flee the house if you have a fire or dangerous situation.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Family Room Safety Checklist For Jonesboro

You’ll spend a lot of time in the living room, so it can be the most reasonable place to begin your home safety renovation. Electronics, like a big screen or stereo system, typically sit in your family room, making it an alluring area for thieves. Start with placing a motion detector or security camera in there, then continue on with all these suggestions:

  • Motion Detectors: By hanging motion sensors, you’ll have a loud alarm if they detect unusual motion within your living room. Look for motion sensors that aren’t set off by pet movements or you’ll see a tripped alarm each time your cat comes in for a bite of food.

  • Security Camera: An indoor security camera gives you a visual on your living room. Get constant streams of your room so you can know what’s downstairs from the mobile app. Or speak with your family in the living room by using the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Cord Maintenance: Safeguard those electronics and quit overloading your circuits with a surge protector. For extra energy-efficiency, install a smart plug with surge protection included.

  • Furniture Bolted To The Wall: If you have curious kids, you’ll want to bolt your bookshelves and entertainment center to a wall. This is extra important if your living room uses carpeting that might make heavy objects extra unstable.

  • Special Locks For Sliding Glass Doors: If your family room has a glass door that opens to a backyard, deck, or porch, you know that the door lock is fairly thin. Put in a special lock, like a metal bar or small locks that secures the door to the bottom and top of the opening.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Jonesboro

The kitchen has many items that should provide safety and security to your house. Most of these things are also a snap to add and can be found in the Target or Walmart:

  • Fire Extinguisher: A fire can come from from a neglected pot or a towel that’s too close to a burner. Always have a fire extinguisher at the ready for any kitchen mishaps.

  • Circuit Interrupter Box On Each Outlet: A circuit interrupter outlet should be installed everywhere there’s nearby water to lessen the chance of a deadly shock. That means the outlets around your kitchen counter and sink. Since 1987, it’s been code to have one GFCI per dedicated circuit. But for simplicity’s sake, you’re going to want to install a single GFCI on each outlet.

  • Monitored Carbon Monoxide Detector: A carbon monoxide detector is advised for the kitchen if you have gas for the stove and oven. If your gas lines malfunction, the carbon monoxide detector will cause a high-decibel noise and ping your monitoring expert.

  • Cleaning Wipes Or Spray: The most overlooked safety issue in the kitchen is actually bacteria and cross-contamination from blood from meat and other foods. Always keep cleaning wipes or an antibacterial spray to clean your surfaces when preparing food.

  • Refrigerator Alarm: The items in your fridge should remain at a constant temperature to stay ready to eat. If you accidently leave the freezer or refrigerator door ajar, then a constant beep will remind you to shut it securely. Some fridges come with an alarm, older models don’t, and you’ll have to buy a refrigerator alarm from online.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Jonesboro

Just because you may not have a lot of space in your bathroom doesn’t mean that there aren’t safety hazards. From flood prevention to medicine care, here are five safety ideas for your bathroom:

  • Flood Sensors: A leaking sink or shower can cause extensive damage. Get alerted early about water problems with a flood detector and save yourself from redoing the whole bathroom.

  • Non-slip Bath Mats: A fall in the bathroom can be painful, causing bumps, bruises, or trips to the hospital. Make sure you prevent these problems with a non-slip bath mat for after your bath or shower.

  • Non-slip Bathtub Strips: Like a tiled floor, a tub basin can be a slippery place to move in. Make sure every bathtub has some textured stickies so your feet have a textured patch for stability.

  • Medicine Door Lock: If you have curious children or a family member with memory lapses, you should take additional care regarding prescription medicine. Safeguard your prescriptions by using a medicine cabinet with a latch that locks.

  • GFCI Circuits: While installing better outlets in the kitchen, you will have to also put in a safer circuit interrupter outlet on every bathroom receptacle. These will stop the flow of the electricity if water enters the outlet or you have an unusual spike from a curling iron or hair dryer.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Child’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Jonesboro

A child’s bedroom should pair safety with simplicity. If their window shades or other things are safe but difficult to operate, then your children may perform unsafe activities -- like scale a chest of drawers -- to open them. Try these straightforward, and safe, ideas:

  • Cord-Free Window Treatments: Safety experts have designated corded window treatments an unsuspecting hazard for children and animals. Put in motorized shades that you can easily open and close through a remote control. Or go state-of-the-art and link your motorized treatments to your ADT security system so they rise automatically when the sun comes up, and lower at bedtime for an easier sleep.

  • Indoor Security Camera: An indoor security camera sitting on your toddler’s desk can double as an HD baby monitor that you can watch with a mobile device. And when they need your help, they can push the intercom talk feature included on the camera.

  • Outlet Plug Covers: While every outlet should have covers on them to protect your young children, this is especially needed in a child’s bedroom. It’s the main place in your home where your children will most likely play by themselves without parental supervision.

  • Window Fire Ladder: If you have bedrooms on above the first level, then you need to install a window fire ladder. These will let a child get out of their room even if the stairway or lower levels are on fire. Just remember to rehearse how to employ the ladder a few times a year.

  • Toy Chest Or Low Bookshelves: It’s strange to think about a toy box as a safety device, but you’ll understand if you’ve ever stepped on an action figure in your bare feet. A uncluttered floor let your child have a quick escape when there’s a fire or break-in.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist For Jonesboro

The bedroom should be a refuge, so let your safety components make life easier when you experience an emergency event. After all, being jerked awake by a wailing buzzer can be confusing.

  • Home Security Touchscreen: Having a smart hub on your nightstand lets you see what’s what that noise was without leaving your bed. You could also turn on your ADT mobile app. However, the large touchscreen may be easier to manage to use when you’re bleary-eyed and confused.

  • Phone Charging Area: We rely on our smartphones for so many things now alarms, web browsers, game machines, and maybe even phones. However, an uncharged device will cut us off from communications if something goes wrong. To keep it nice and ready, a charging cord or station is should be used nightly.

  • Nightlights Or Voice Activated Smart Lights: A plug-in light can calm you when you’re jolted awake from a fire alarm or other loud noises. If you won’t drift off to sleep with an outlet light, install a smart bulb in your bedroom and hall. Then you can get light on-demand with a button push or voice direction.

  • Fireproof Safe: Keep your vital papers like birth certificates, medical information, or a bankbook in a fireproof lockbox. Your lockbox can be a bigger one that camps out in your closet or a small portable lockbox that you can snatch on your way out during a fire or break-in.

  • Temperature Sensor: The issue with most bedrooms is that they can run too hot or be frigid since they are far from the thermostat. A heat sensor can talk to your smart thermostat so you can have a comfortable, relaxing sleep at a wonderful climate.

Garage Safety Checklist

Basement/Garage Safety Checklist For Jonesboro

Most safety problems in the basement or garage are with your water or heating system. Seeing problems before they start can prevent more devastating disasters in the future. So, as you take a look around your storage areas, pay attention to these critical items:

  • Water Detector Or Sump Pump Alarm: Installing a flood alarm next to your water heater and sump pump can prevent you from wading into a mess when you go into your garage or basement. Do you really want to waste your night bailing out water?

  • CO Detector: It’s nice to install a CO detector in an area where a gas leak can happen. If you have gas heat, you should install a detector in the same area as your HVAC unit.

  • WiFi Water Shutoff Valve: If your flood alarm finds a hot water leak or a burst pipe, then you need to shut off the primary water valve at once. With a remote shutoff valve, you can turn off your water flow from any mobile device. That’s nice when you’re visiting relatives and receive a flood sensor alert on your mobile device.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage up brings about all types of headaches. You can waste heat through that gaping hole, and all sorts of animals or lurkers can just wander in. A sensor will alert you to an open garage door and lets you close it remotely.

  • Heat Sensor: A temperature alarm in your basement or garage is a definite if you worry about frozen pipes. The heat in these rooms can be wildly different than the rest of the house, so you will need to keep a close look on them by using the ADT mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Home Perimeter Safety Checklist for Jonesboro

Your front yard, driveway, and front walk are just as crucial to defend as the interior of your home. Try this checklist to make your outside safe:

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

  • Window Height Shrubbery: Overgrown foliage can offer some solitude, but they also block your line of sight of the yard. Don’t offer potential intruders an area to hide. Plus, tall bushes, shrubs or greenery around your house can obstruct gutters and invite bugs.

  • ADT Signage: One of the most popular disincentives for a break-in is telling aspiring burglars that you own a state-of-the-art security system. An ADT yard sign by the stoop and a window sticker will show ne'er-do-wells that they ought to move on to an easier score.

  • Motion Triggered Outside Lighting: Light is the greatest obstacle to those who sneak around in the shadows. Motion-triggered flood lights on your porch, garage, or deck can shoo lurkers away. They also help you work the locks when you arrive home late after work.

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

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t deliver non-security devices on your Jonesboro home safety checklist, we can install a powerful home security. With everything from alarms to thermostats, we can customize the perfect system for your house’s needs. Simply phone (870) 705-5022 and talk to a professional or complete the form below. Or personalize your own system with our Security System Designer.