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Home Safety Checklist For Memphis

Keeping safe in your house should be your topmost priority. But are you missing some key safety components? Use this home safety checklist for Memphis and find out where your living space needs an update.

This guide starts with a few whole-home safety techniques, and then we whittle it down on a room level. Then, phone (901) 250-6841 or fill out the form below to talk to a security professional.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

Essential Home Safety Checklist for Memphis

While you should take a room-to-room method for home safety in Memphis, there are a few items that are useful for each part of your home. These items can talk together through a smart hub, and can even react to one another. You can also control all your home safety devices using a mobile security app, like ADT Control:

  • Monitored Home Security System: All your entryways should have a sensor that warns your family to intrusion. After the alarm goes off, your monitoring center answers the alert and quickly sends emergency personnel.

  • Smart Lights For Each Room: Of course, you can program your smart lights to become more energy-efficient. But smart lights can also allow you to remain safe during an emergency. Have your downstairs lights flash on when a security alarm triggers to frighten off intruders or illuminate your way to a outside area.

  • Smart Thermostat: Like your smart lights, a smart thermostat in Memphis could save you between 10%-15% in gas and electric spending. But it also can flip on the exhaust fan when your alarms senses a fire.

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

  • Smart Door Locks: Every entryway that uses a keyed lock can use a smart lock. Now you can set key codes to each family member and receive alerts to your mobile device when the locks are used. Your locks can even automatically turn off, helping you to quickly leave during a fire or dangerous situation.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Family Room/Living Room Safety Checklist For Memphis

You’ll spend most of your time in your living room, so it’s the perfect room to start making your house more secure. Highly sought after items, like a TV or video games, typically reside in your family room, making it a tempting area for robbers. Begin with installing a motion detector or indoor camera in your room, then try some of these suggestions:

  • Motion Sensors: By putting in motion sensors, you’ll get a high-decibel alarm anytime they detect suspicious movement within your living room. You’ll want motion sensors that aren’t set off by pets or you’ll have a tripped alarm every time your pet passes through for a bite of food.

  • Security Camera: An indoor security camera offers an eye on your living room. Watch live feeds of everything so you can find out what’s downstairs from the mobile app. Or talk with your kids when they get home from school with the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Outlet Maintenance: Protect those electronics and quit overtaxing your outlets with a surge protector. For additional comfort, install a smart plug with anti-surge functionality built-in.

  • Heavy Furniture Bolted To The Wall: If you have curious kids, you’ll need to attach your bookshelves and entertainment center to a wall. This is especially crucial if your family room has carpet that could make furniture extra wobbly.

  • Special Locks For Glass Doors: If your living room uses a sliding glass door that leads to a patio, deck, or porch, you can see that the door lock is fairly thin. Install an enhanced lock, like a bottom bar or small locks that bolt to the top and bottom of the door frame.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Memphis

The kitchen has room for items that can provide safety and security to your home. Some of these items are also a snap to add and can be found in the a retail store:

  • 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 emergencies.

  • Circuit Interrupter Box On Every Outlet: A circuit interrupter outlet should be installed everywhere there’s nearby running water to ward off a deadly shock. That includes the outlets around your sink and kitchen counter. For 30 years, it’s been standard to have one circuit interrupter outlet per circuit. But if you don’t want your whole kitchen to flip off when one outlet trips, you’re going to want to have a separate GFCI for every outlet.

  • Monitored Carbon Monoxide Detector: A CO detector is recommended for the kitchen if you have gas for the oven and range. If your gas lines malfunction, the carbon monoxide detector will emit a loud, buzzing siren and contact your monitoring professional.

  • Disinfectant Wipes Or Spray: The most overlooked safety hazard in the kitchen is the viruses, bacteria, and protein from raw meat and other foods. Always keep disinfectant wipes or spray to scrub off your surfaces when cooking.

  • Refrigerator/Freezer Alarm: The food items in your fridge have to stay at a chilly temperature to stay ready to use. If you accidently leave the fridge or freezer door open too long, then an alarm beep will let you know so you can shut it securely. Some refrigerators already have this installed, some do not, and you’ll have to pick up a refrigerator alarm from the hardware store.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Memphis

Just because you may not have a bunch of space in your bathroom there’s still safety issues. From water problems to electric safety, here are a few safety tips for your bathroom:

  • Flood Detectors: A leaking sink or bathtub can create an expensive amount of damage. Find out early about pooling water with a flood detector before they bring about hundreds to thousands of dollars in ruined floors, walls, and fixtures.

  • No-slip Shower Mats: A slip in the bathroom can be painful, causing bumps, sore joints, or sprained ankles. Or steer clear from these issues with a no-slip bath mat for while you towel off.

  • Textured Bathtub Stickers: Likewise, a tub basin can be a slippery area to stand in. Make sure every has some non-slip stickies so your feet and toes have a bumpy patch to grip.

  • Medicine Door Lock: If you have curious children or someone with memory complications, you should take additional care regarding medicine. Secure your bottles by using a medicine cabinet with a locking latch.

  • Circuit Interrupter Outlet: While installing better outlets in the kitchen, you will have to also install a surge protecting GFCI outlet on every bathroom outlet. This will shut off the electricity if water enters the outlet or there’s a harmful jolt from a hair dryer or curling iron.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Children’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Memphis

Your child’s bedroom should counterbalance safety with manageability. If their window shades or other items are safe but difficult to operate, then your kids may perform dangerous methods -- like scale a dresser -- to touch them. Here are 5 easy, and safe, ideas:

  • Cordless Window Treatments: Safety agencies have designated cords from shades and blinds a hidden danger for both children and pets. Put in motorized blinds or shades that your child can easily control through a remote. Or go state-of-the-art and link your motorized treatments to your ADT security system so they can raise automatically at dawn, and go down at bedtime for an easier sleep.

  • Indoor Security Camera: A security camera placed on your child’s desk or dresser can double as an HD baby monitor that you can see with a mobile device. And when they want you, they can hit the intercom talk feature included on the camera.

  • Outlet Plug Covers: While every outlet should use protective covers on them for your little children, this is doubly needed in their bedroom. It’s the one room in your house where your toddler will most likely be alone without parental supervision.

  • Window Safety Ladder: If you use bedrooms on an upper floor, then you will want to put in a window escape ladder. These will let a child get out of their room in case the stairs or ground floor are on fire. Just remember to practice how to use the ladder one or two times a year.

  • Toy Box Or Low Bookshelves: It’s strange to view 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 way out if there’s a fire or break-in.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist For Memphis

Your master bedroom should be a refuge, so let your safety devices make you more responsive if you experience an emergency. After all, being wrenched awake by a wailing alarm can be disorienting.

  • Security System Touchscreen: Having a smart hub on your dresser helps you know what’s happening without getting out of bed. You could alternatively log into your ADT smartphone app but, the HD touchscreen may be faster to use when you’re coming out of sleep and disoriented.

  • Device Charging Area: We use our phones for so many things now GPS, web browsers, games, and --legend has it-- even phones. The only problem is that a depleted device in the middle of the night cuts us off from the outside world if something goes wrong. To keep it nice and ready, a charging cord or station is an important part of your nightstand.

  • Smart Lights Or Nightlights: A small light can be a beacon when you’re bolted awake from an alarm or unexpected sounds. If you won’t drift off to sleep with a nightlight, use smart bulbs in your bedroom. Then you can have light anytime with a push of a button or voice direction.

  • Fireproof Lockbox: Keep your essential papers like insurance cards, passports, or banking information in a fireproof safe. Your safe can be a large one that is located in your closet or a slender portable safe that you can carry as you escape 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 sit far away from the thermostat. A temperature sensor can communicate to your smart thermostat so you will have a nice, peaceful sleep at a wonderful temperature.

Garage Safety Checklist

Garage/Basement Safety Checklist For Memphis

Most safety needs in the basement or garage have to do with your water or furnace. Discovering hazards before they start can stave away bigger problems in the future. So, as you walk around your garage or basement, check over these safety items:

  • Water Detector Or Sump Pump Alarm: Installing a flood alarm in back of your water heater or sump pump can save you from finding a lake when you step into your basement or garage. Do you really want to waste your weekend drying the floor?

  • Carbon Monoxide Alarm: It’s smart to install a CO detector in a place where a CO leak can occur. If you have gas heat, you should hang an alarm in the same room as your HVAC unit.

  • Remote Water Shutoff Valve: If your water alarm senses a hot water heater leak or a busted pipe, then you will want to shut off the primary water pipe quickly. With a wireless shutoff valve, you can block water flow from any mobile device. That’s nice when you’re visiting relatives and receive an emergency leak text on your smartphone.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage open leads to all sorts of issues. You can lose HVAC energy through that gaping hole, and all sorts of animals or lurkers can just walk in. A remote sensor will alert you to a neglected garage door and lets you lower it with your phone.

  • Temperature Sensor: A heat sensor in your garage or basement is handy if you fret about freezing pipes. The temperature in these areas can be drastically different than your main rooms of the home, so you may want to have a constant look on the temperature through the ADT mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Outside Perimeter Safety Checklist for Memphis

Your yard, driveway, and front walk are just as imperative to defend as the inside of your home. Try the items on this checklist to create a safe outside:

  • Outdoor Security Camera: You can install outdoor security cameras to guard against unusual movement in your back yard. These devices are nice in areas where you may not have a window -- like a side yard or by the garage door.

  • Window Height Shrubbery: Tall shrubs can create some serenity, but they also hinder your view of the outside. Don’t provide potential thieves a dark shadow to hide. Plus, tall bushes or foliage too close to your home can obstruct gutters and bring in pests.

  • ADT Yard Signs: One of the most popular deterrents for a break-in is telling aspiring burglars that you use a monitored security system. An ADT sign by the front door and a window cling will tell ne'er-do-wells that they might want to shove off to an unprotected target.

  • Motion Triggered Porch Light Fixtures: Light is the largest enemy to those who sneak around in the shadows. Motion-activated flood lights on your deck, porch, or garage can help scare possible intruders away. They also help you get inside when you get home late after work.

Call Secure24 Alarm Systems To Help Complete Your Home Safety Checklist for Memphis

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t deliver every item on your Memphis home safety checklist, we can install a state-of-the-art home security. With alarms, security cameras, and home automation, we can customize the perfect system for your house’s needs. Simply contact (901) 250-6841 for more information or fill out the form below. Or personalize your own ADT system with our Security System Designer.

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