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Home Safety Checklist For Bowling Green

Keeping safe in your home should be your largest priority. But are you missing one or two useful safety items? Use this home safety checklist for Bowling Green and discover where your house can use some work.

This guide begins with five whole-house safety techniques, and then we whittle it down to specific room ideas. Then, you can call (270) 262-8554 or complete the form below for more information.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

Essential Home Safety Checklist for Bowling Green

While you may want to take a room-to-room approach to home safety, there are some items that work for the entire house approach. These devices can sync together through a wireless hub, and can even work off other components. You can also control all your home safety devices using a mobile security app, like ADT Control:

  • Monitored Security System: All your entryways should employ a sensor that notifies you and your family to a break-in. When your alarm triggers, your monitoring agent answers the call and contacts a first responder.

  • Smart Bulbs For Every Major Room: Sure, you can schedule your smart lighting so your home is more eco-conscience. But smart lights can also allow you to keep safe throughout an emergency. Have your lights flash on when a sensor trips to scare off burglars or light your way to a outside place.

  • Smart Thermostat: Like your smart lights, a smart thermostat in Bowling Green can save you 10%-15% in utility spending. But it also can flip on an exhaust fan when your alarms senses a fire.

  • Monitored Smoke Detectors: At the very least, you will have a fire alarm on every level of your house. You can increase your fire preparedness by utilizing a monitored fire alarm that senses both heat and smoke, and alerts your 24/7 monitoring agents when it thinks that there’s a fire.

  • Smart Door Locks: Every door that utilizes a deadbolt can use a smart door lock. Now you may preset numbered codes to friends and family and receive alerts to your mobile device when your locks are used. Your doors can even automatically turn off, letting you quickly flee the house if you have a fire or dangerous situation.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Living Room/Family Room Safety Checklist For Bowling Green

You’ll spend a lot of time in the living room, so it’s the most reasonable area to optimize your home safety. Highly sought after items, like a TV or video games, typically reside in your living room, making it a popular space for thieves. Start with placing a motion sensor or security camera in there, then take a look at the following ideas:

  • Motion Detectors: By installing motion sensors, you’ll get a loud siren anytime they detect suspicious motion within your living room. You’ll want motion detectors that aren’t set off by a dog or cat or you’ll have a tripped alarm each time your pet comes in for a drink of water.

  • Security Camera: An indoor security camera offers a constant watch on your family room. View live feeds of your room so you can find out what’s downstairs from the mobile app. Or talk with your kids when they come home from school by using the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Cord Maintenance: Protect all your electronics and stop overtaxing your outlets with a surge protector. For additional comfort, use a smart plug with anti-surge functionality in the unit.

  • Furniture Attached To The Wall: If you have any small children, you’ll need to secure your heavy furniture and entertainment center to a wall. This is extra crucial if your family room uses carpeting that can make objects extra wobbly.

  • Enhanced Locks For Sliding Glass Doors: If your family room has a sliding door that leads to a backyard, deck, or screened-in porch, you probably get that the lock is pretty flimsy. Install a custom lock, like a cross bar or locks that secures the door to the top and bottom of the door frame.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Bowling Green

Your kitchen has room for items that should add comfort and safety to your house. Some of these things are also simple to add and can be found in the a retail store:

  • Fire Extinguisher: Fire can come from from a neglected skillet or an errant grease splatter. Always store a fire extinguisher at the ready for any cooking emergencies.

  • GFCI Box On Every Outlet: A circuit interrupter outlet should be used anywhere there’s nearby running water to ward off a deadly shock. That means the outlets by your kitchen counter and sink. For 30 years, it’s been standard to have one GFCI per dedicated circuit. But if you don’t want your whole kitchen to turn off when one outlet surges, you’ll want to use a single GFCI per outlet.

  • Monitored Carbon Monoxide Detector: A CO detector is recommended for the kitchen if you have natural gas for the stove and oven. If your gas lines leak, the CO detector will play a loud, buzzing noise and ping your monitoring expert.

  • Cleaning Wipes Or Spray: The largest safety issue in the kitchen is the invisible bacteria and contamination from uncooked meat and dairy. Always keep disinfectant wipes or a bleach spray to scrub off your counters before and after cooking.

  • Freezer and Refrigerator Alarm: The items in your fridge have to remain at a chilly temperature to stay healthy to use. If you accidently leave the freezer or refrigerator door open, then a constant beep will remind you to check the seal. Some appliances already have a pre-installed alarm, others won’t, and you’ll have to get a fridge alarm from online.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Bowling Green

Just because there’s not a bunch of room in your bathroom doesn’t mean that there aren’t safety issues. From flood prevention to anti-surge outlets, here are five safety improvements for your bathroom:

  • Flood Detectors: A leaking toilet or shower can lead to extensive damage. Discover pooling water early with a flood detector and save yourself from renovating the entire bathroom.

  • Non-slip Bathroom Mats: A fall in the bathroom can be painful, causing pulled muscles, sore joints, or trips to the hospital. You can steer clear from these issues with a textured bath mat for while you towel off.

  • No-slip Bathtub Stickies: Like a tiled floor, a tub can be a slick area to be on. It’s a good idea that each tub has some textured strips so your feet have a textured patch to grip.

  • Medicine Door Latch: If you have curious toddlers or a family member with memory difficulties, you should take additional precautions regarding medicine. Hide away your bottles by installing a medicine cabinet with a latch that locks.

  • GFCI Circuits: While installing better outlets in the kitchen, you should also use a grounded circuit interrupter outlet on every bathroom outlet. These will stop the flow of the current if water splashes on them or there’s an unusual surge from an electric razor or hair dryer.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Kid’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Bowling Green

Your kid’s bedroom should balance safety with accessibility. If their window coverings or other items are safe but difficult to manage, then your child may get around the device with dangerous activities -- like shimmying up a chest of drawers -- to use them. Try these easy, yet safe, ideas:

  • No Cord Window Treatments: Safety agencies have designated cords from shades and blinds an unsuspecting hazard for kids and pets. Put in motorized shades that your child can easily control via remote control. Or go state-of-the-art and connect your shades to your ADT smart hub so they can raise without anyone’s help at dawn, and lower in the evening for extra privacy.

  • Indoor Security Camera: An indoor security camera placed on your toddler’s desk or dresser can act like an HD baby monitor that you can watch with a smartphone. And if they need your help, they can push the intercom talk feature included on the camera.

  • Outlet Covers: While each outlet should use protective covers on them for your young children, this is especially important in a child’s bedroom. It’s the one room in your home where your toddler will most likely hang out alone without additional supervision.

  • Window Fire Ladder: If you have bedrooms on the second level, then you need to install a window escape ladder. These will let a young one escape when the stairway or downstairs are blocked off with fire. Just remember to practice how to unfurl the ladder at least twice a year.

  • Toy Box Or Low Shelves: It’s strange to think about a toy chest as a safety device, but you’ll get it if you’ve ever walked on a Lego in your bare feet. A clean floor means a quick way out during an emergency.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist For Bowling Green

The master bedroom should be an oasis, so let your safety items give you peace of mind if there's an emergency event. After all, being wrenched awake by a high-decibel siren can be confusing.

  • Smart Hub Touchscreen: Having a smart hub on your nightstand lets you see what’s going on without leaving your bed. You could always use your ADT mobile app. However, the large touchscreen can be better to use when you’re coming out of sleep and finding your bearings.

  • Phone Charging Station: We use our phones for so much now alarm clocks, news readers, games, and maybe even phones. However, a depleted phone will cut us off from the outside world if during an emergency. To keep it nice and ready, a an easy-to-use charging station is an important part of your nightstand.

  • Smart Lights Or Nightlights: A tiny light can calm you when you’re jolted awake from an alarm or unexpected sounds. If you won’t drift off to sleep with a small nightlight, install smart lights in your fixtures. Then you can have light on-demand with a push of a button or voice command.

  • Fireproof Lockbox: Store your essential paperwork like insurance cards, passports, or a bankbook in a fireproof lockbox. Your lockbox can be a bigger one that sits in a corner 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 be too stuffy or be frigid because they are far away from the thermostat. A heat sensor will talk to your smart thermostat so you will have a nice, peaceful sleep at a wonderful temperature.

Garage Safety Checklist

Garage/Basement Safety Checklist For Bowling Green

Most safety needs in the basement or garage are with your pipes or furnace. Discovering problems at the source can prevent more devastating emergencies in the future. So, as you take a look around your garage or basement, pay attention to these critical items:

  • Flood Detector Or Sump Pump Alarm: Putting a flood alarm next to your water heater or sump pump can save you from wading into a pond when you go into your garage or basement. It’s definitely better than sorting through a heap of soggy storage boxes.

  • Carbon Monoxide Detector: It’s nice to hang a carbon monoxide alarm in a place where a CO leak can spring up. If you use gas heating, you should put a detector in the same place as your HVAC unit.

  • Wireless Water Shutoff Valve: If your flood sensor finds a hot water leak or a broken pipe, then you will have to cap the primary water pipe quickly. With a wireless shutoff valve, you can block water flow from your phone. That’s perfect when you’re visiting relatives and receive an emergency leak alert on your smartphone.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage door up causes all types of headaches. You can waste heat or air through that open door, and all sorts of animals or lurkers can just saunder in. A remote sensor will notify you about a neglected garage door and lets you close it through the app.

  • Heat Sensor: A temperature alarm in your garage or basement is handy if you fret about frozen pipes. The heat in these areas can be drastically different than the rest of the home, so you will want to maintain a constant look on them through your security mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Home Perimeter Safety Checklist for Bowling Green

Your front yard, drive, and front porch are just as crucial to make safe as the rest of your house. Try the items on this checklist to defend your perimeter:

  • Outdoor Camera: You can install outdoor security cameras to alert you to unusual activity in your yard. These cameras come in handy in places where you may not have a view -- like a side yard or by the driveway.

  • Low Bushes: Overgrown shrubs can offer some serenity, but they also obscure your view of the outside. Don’t give potential intruders a place to hide. Plus, high bushes or trees against your house can clog gutters and bring in bugs.

  • ADT Yard Signs: One of the most popular deterrents for a break-in is telling aspiring intruders that you use an updated security system. An ADT yard stick by the stoop and a window decal will tell ne'er-do-wells that they might want to shove off to an less prepared target.

  • Motion Activated Outside Lights: Light is the greatest obstacle to people who skulk in the shadows. Motion-triggered lighting on your deck, patio, or garage can shoo lurkers away. They also help you see the walk when you get to the house on those dark, winter nights.

Contact Secure24 Alarm Systems To Help You With Your Home Safety Checklist for Bowling Green

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t install non-security devices on your Bowling Green home safety checklist, we can install a powerful home security. With easy-to-use devices and ADT monitoring, we can install the perfect system for your home’s needs. Just contact (270) 262-8554 to get started or fill out the form below. Or personalize your own solution with our Security System Designer.