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Home Safety Checklist For Mesa

Being safe and secure in your home should be your number one responsibility. But are you missing a few key safety items? Look over this home safety checklist for Mesa and find out where your living space can use an update.

This guide begins with five whole-home safety ideas, and then we delve down to specific room ideas. Then, contact (480) 608-0065 or complete the form below for additional information.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

General Home Safety Checklist for Mesa

While you may want to employ a room-to-room process for home safety, there are some methods that work for the entire house approach. These items can sync together through a touchscreen hub, and often can work off other things. You might also control each of your home safety equipment through a mobile security app, such as ADT Control:

  • Monitored Security System: All your windows and doors should have a sensor that alerts you and your family to intrusion. When the alarm triggers, your monitoring team picks up the call and sends emergency personnel.

  • Smart Lights For Each Room: Sure, you can schedule your smart lighting to make your home more efficient. But they can also allow you to remain safe in an emergency. Have your smart bulbs flash on when a security alarm triggers to scare off robbers or light a path to a outside area.

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

  • Monitored Fire Detectors: At the very least, you should have a fire detector on each level of your house. You can increase your fire readiness by installing a monitored fire detector that senses excessive smoke and heat, and alerts your 24-hour monitoring team when it detects a fire.

  • Smart Door Locks: Every door that utilizes a deadbolt can be made safer with a smart door lock. Now you can program numbered codes to family and friends and get notifications to your mobile device when they are used. Your doors can even automatically unlock, helping you to quickly flee the house if you have a fire or dangerous situation.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Family Room/Living Room Safety Checklist For Mesa

You’ll spend most of your time in the living room, so it’s the perfect area to begin your home safety renovation. Highly sought after items, like a big screen or stereo system, usually are located in your living room, making it a tempting space for burglars. Begin with placing a motion detector or indoor camera in there, then continue on with all these ideas:

  • Motion Sensors: By hanging motion detectors, you’ll hear a high-decibel alarm whenever they sense suspicious movement in your living room. The best devices are motion sensors that filter out pets or you’ll have a tripped alarm each time your cat roams by for a bite of food.

  • Indoor Security Camera: An indoor security camera gives you a constant watch on your living room. Watch real-time streams of everything so you can see what’s happening without leaving your bed. Or speak with your family when they arrive back from playing with the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Cord Maintenance: Safeguard those electronics and stop overloading your circuits with a surge protector. For extra comfort, use a smart plug with a surge protector included.

  • Heavy Furniture Attached To The Wall: If you have babies or toddlers, you’ll want to secure your bookshelves and entertainment center to your wall. This is extra crucial if your living room has carpeting that could make furniture extra unstable.

  • Enhanced Locks For Sliding Doors: If your living room has a sliding glass door that opens to a backyard, deck, or outside porch, you already get that the lock is pretty thin. Use a custom lock, like a cross bar or small locks that are located on the bottom and top of the opening.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Mesa

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

  • Fire Extinguisher: A fire can spring up from an unwatched pot or a towel that’s too close to a burner. Always have a fire extinguisher at the ready for any kitchen emergencies.

  • Circuit Interrupter Box On Every Outlet: A circuit interrupter outlet should be installed on outlets where they’re close to running water to prevent an electric shock. That means the outlets by your sink and kitchen counter. Since the late ‘80s, it’s been required to have one circuit interrupter outlet per circuit. But each one of your plugs will go if one outlet sees a surge, so try to have a single GFCI on each outlet.

  • Monitored CO Detector: A carbon monoxide detector is handy in the kitchen if you have a gas oven and range. If your gas appliances malfunction, the CO detector will play a loud siren and ping your monitoring expert.

  • Clorox Wipes Or Spray: The most overlooked safety hazard in the kitchen is the invisible bacteria and cross-contamination from uncooked meat and dairy. Always keep disinfectant wipes or a bleach spray to sanitize your area before and after cooking.

  • Refrigerator/Freezer Alarm: The food items in your fridge have to remain at a chilly temperature to stay healthy to consume. If you leave the freezer or refrigerator door ajar, then a small beep will tell you to shut it securely. Some refrigerators already have a pre-installed alarm, some do not, and you’ll have to get a refrigerator alarm from online.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Mesa

Just because you don’t a bunch of room in your bathroom, you will still have safety concerns. From flood prevention to medicine care, here are a few safety improvements for your bathroom:

  • Flood Sensors: A leaking sink or tub can create a whole lot of water damage. Deal with a water problem with a flood detector before they cause hundreds to thousands of dollars in ruined floors, walls, and fixtures.

  • Non-slip Shower Mats: A slip in the bathroom can be devastating, causing cuts, bruises, or trips to the hospital. Or steer clear from these issues with a no-slip bath mat for after your bath or shower.

  • No-slip Bathtub Stickies: Like a tiled floor, a tub can be a slick surface to be on. It’s a good idea that every bathtub has some textured stickers so your feet and toes have a rough patch for stability.

  • Medicine Door Lock: If you have curious children or a family member with memory difficulties, you have to take additional care regarding medicine. Safeguard your pills and syrups by installing a medicine cabinet with a child-proof lock.

  • GFCI Circuits: Similarly to the kitchen, you should also install a safer GFCI outlet on each bathroom receptacle. This will cut the electricity if water enters the outlet or there’s an unusual jolt from a curling iron or hair dryer.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Kid’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Mesa

A child’s bedroom should pair safety with accessibility. If their window coverings or other items are safe but difficult to use, then your kids may perform unsafe methods -- like shimmying up a dresser -- to open them. Try these easy, yet safe, ideas:

  • Cord-Free Window Coverings: Safety agencies have long called cords from shades and blinds a hidden danger for children and animals. Put in motorized blinds or shades that you can easily manage through a remote control. Or go state-of-the-art and connect your motorized treatments to your ADT smart hub so they can raise automatically when it’s time to get up, and close at night for added darkness.

  • Tableside Security Camera: A camera perched on your toddler’s dresser can behave like an HD baby monitor that you can see with your phone. And if they need your help, they can hit the 2-way talk feature that comes with the camera.

  • Outlet Plug Covers: While each outlet should use outlet safety caps on them when you have young children, this is doubly important in a child’s bedroom. It’s the one room in your home where your child will most likely hang out alone without constant adult supervision.

  • Window Escape Ladder: If you use bedrooms on above the first story, then you need to put in a window fire ladder. These can help a child leave the house even if the stairway or ground floor are engulfed in smoke and fire. Make sure to rehearse how to unfurl the ladder one or two times a year.

  • Toy Box Or Low Shelves: It’s weird to think about a toy box as a safety device, but you’ll see the light if you’ve ever tramped on a Lego in your bare feet. A clean floor means a quick escape during a safety or security event.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Main Bedroom Safety Checklist For Mesa

The master bedroom should be your calm space, so let your safety items make you more responsive if there's an emergency. After all, being startled awake by a wailing buzzer can be disorienting.

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

  • Device Charging Area: We rely on our phones for so much now alarms, internet searches, game machines, and maybe even phones. However, a dead phone will cut us off from reaching help if something goes wrong. To make sure your phone always works, a charging station or cord becomes an important part of your nightstand.

  • Nightlights Or Voice Activated Smart Lights: A tiny light can be a beacon when you’re jolted awake from an alarm or other sounds. If you won’t drift off to sleep with a small nightlight, put in a smart bulb in your bedroom. Then you can control light anytime with a mobile device or voice command.

  • Fireproof Lockbox: Keep your important paperwork like birth certificates, stock certificates, or banking information in a fireproof lockbox. Your safe can be a large one that camps out out of the way or a small handheld lockbox that you can grab on your way out during a fire or break-in.

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

Garage Safety Checklist

Garage/Basement Safety Checklist For Mesa

Most safety issues in the garage or basement deal with your water or heating system. Seeing issues at the source can stop more devastating emergencies in the future. So, as you look around your storage areas, take note of these safety items:

  • Water Sensor Or Sump Pump Alarm: Installing a flood sensor next to your water heater and sump pump drain can prevent you from discovering a mess when you step into your garage or basement. It’s much better than sifting through a heap of destroyed storage boxes.

  • Carbon Monoxide Detector: It’s smart to hang a CO detector in a place where a natural gas leak can happen. If you have gas heating, you should install an alarm in the same area as your HVAC unit.

  • WiFi Water Shutoff Valve: If your water alarm detects a plumbing leak or a burst pipe, then you need to cap the main water pipe immediately. With a WiFi shutoff valve, you can block water flow from any mobile device. That’s perfect when you’re out of town and see an emergency leak alert on your phone.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage door up causes all sorts of issues. You can waste heat or air through that open door, and all sorts of animals or lurkers can just saunder in. A sensor will notify you about 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 your pipes freezing. The heat in these rooms can be surprisingly different than your main rooms of the house, so you will need to keep a constant look on the temperature with the ADT mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Outside Perimeter Safety Checklist for Mesa

Your landscaping, driveway, and front porch are just as crucial to defend as the rest of your home. Try this checklist to create a safe outside:

  • Outdoor Security Camera: You can hang outdoor cameras to guard against late night activity in your yard. These devices are especially useful in areas where you might not have a window installed -- like a side yard or by the driveway.

  • Window Height Shrubbery: Tall shrubs can offer some serenity, but they also hinder you seeing into the yard and curb. Don’t give potential burglars an area to hide. Plus, large bushes or greenery around your structure can jam up gutters and bring in ants and termites.

  • ADT Yard Signs: One of the most popular deterrents for a break-in is alerting potential burglars that you use a state-of-the-art ADT security system. An ADT yard stick by the main walk and a window cling will alert ne'er-do-wells that they should keep walking to an less prepared house.

  • Motion Activated Flood Light Fixtures: Light is the largest obstacle to those who skulk in the shadows. Motion-triggered lights on your deck, porch, or garage can shoo lurkers away. They also help you work the locks when you get back home on those dark, winter nights.

Contact Secure24 Alarm Systems To Help Complete Your Home Safety Checklist for Mesa

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t help you with each household item on your Mesa home safety checklist, we can discuss a state-of-the-art security system. With alarms, security cameras, and home automation, we can install the best system for your home’s needs. Just phone (480) 608-0065 for more information or fill out the form below. Or customize your own ADT system with our Security System Designer.