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Home Safety Checklist For Chico

Staying safe and secure in your house should be your topmost responsibility. But are you missing one or two key safety components? Take this home safety checklist for Chico and discover where your house requires some work.

We give you some whole-house safety techniques, and then we whittle it down room-by-room. Then, contact (530) 205-3977 or send in the form below to speak to a security professional.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

General Home Safety Checklist for Chico

While you should use a room-by-room method for home safety in Chico, there are some things that work for multiple rooms. These items can link together through a wireless hub, and oftentimes work off one another. You can also manage all your home safety devices using a mobile security app, such as ADT Control:

  • Monitored Security System: Each one of your doors and windows should have a sensor that alerts you to intrusion. When an alarm trips, your monitoring team picks up the call and sends a first responder.

  • Smart Lights For Every Major Room: Sure, you can set your smart lights to become more efficient. But they can also allow you to stay safe during an emergency. Have your smart bulbs flash on when a security alarm trips to frighten off burglars or light your way to a outside place.

  • Smart Thermostat: Like your smart lights, a smart thermostat in Chico should save you up to 15% in utility spending. But it also can flip on the exhaust fan if you have a fire.

  • Monitored Smoke Detectors: It’s code that you have a fire alarm on every level of your house. You can increase your fire readiness by utilizing a monitored fire detector that looks for both smoke and heat, and notifies your 24/7 monitoring agents when it senses a fire.

  • Smart Lock For Every Door: Every door that utilizes a keyed lock can use a smart lock. Now you can preset numbered codes to each family member and get notifications to your mobile device when your locks are activated. Your doors can even automatically unlock, allowing you to quickly get out during a fire or other emergency.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Family Room/Living Room Safety Checklist For Chico

You’ll spend most of your time in your living room, so it’s the best room to optimize your home safety. Electronics, like a big screen or video games, typically reside in your living room, making it a popular room for thieves. Start with placing a motion detector or indoor camera in your room, then try all these ideas:

  • Motion Detectors: By hanging motion detectors, you’ll get a loud alarm whenever they sense suspicious motion in your living room. The best devices are motion sensors that ignore pet movements or you’ll have your sirens go off each time your cat comes in for a bite of food.

  • Security Camera: An indoor security camera puts a visual on your family room. View constant feeds of the area so you can know what’s happening through the mobile app. Or chat with family members in the family room by using the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Cord Maintenance: Make sure you protect expensive electronics and quit overburdening your outlets with a surge protector. For added convenience, set up a smart plug with anti-surge functionality in the unit.

  • Furniture Secured To The Wall: If you have any small children, you’ll need to secure your bookshelves and entertainment center to the wall. This is especially important if your living room has rugs or carpet that can make heavy objects extra unstable.

  • Special Locks For Glass Doors: If your living room has a sliding glass door that leads to a backyard, deck, or outside porch, you probably know that the lock is pretty flimsy. Put in a custom lock, like a metal bar or locks that are located on the bottom and top of the frame.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Chico

The kitchen has many items that should provide safety to your house. Most of these objects should be a snap to add and can be purchased from the Target or Walmart:

  • Fire Extinguisher: Fire can happen from a neglected pot or a towel that’s too close to a burner. Always keep a fire extinguisher at the ready for any cooking emergencies.

  • Circuit Interrupter Box On Each Outlet: A circuit interrupter outlet should be installed everywhere they’re by water to lessen the chance of an electric shock. That means the plug outlets around your kitchen counter and sink. For 30 years, it’s been code to have one circuit interrupter outlet per circuit. But if you don’t want all your outlets to flip off when one outlet surges, you’ll want to use an unchained GFCI on each outlet.

  • Monitored Carbon Monoxide Detector: A carbon monoxide detector is advised for spaces that have a gas stove and oven. If your gas appliances malfunction, the carbon monoxide detector will cause a loud, buzzing sound and ping your monitoring center.

  • Disinfectant Wipes Or Spray: The largest safety problem in the kitchen is the viruses, bacteria, and contamination that comes with uncooked meat and other foods. Always store cleaning wipes or spray to clean your area before and after cooking.

  • Refrigerator/Freezer Alarm: The milk, meat, and perishables in your fridge should remain at a constant temperature to stay healthy to use. If you leave the freezer or refrigerator door open too long, then an alarm beep will remind you to check the seal. Some refrigerators already have this installed, others do not, and you’ll have to pick up a fridge alarm from the hardware store.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Chico

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

  • Flood Detectors: A leaking toilet or shower can lead to an expensive amount of damage. Deal with leaks early with a flood detector and save yourself from renovating the whole bathroom.

  • No-slip Shower Mats: A slip in the bathroom can be devastating, causing bumps, bruises, or sprained ankles. You can avoid these problems with a no-slip bath mat for while you towel off.

  • Non-slip Bathtub Strips: Another water hazard, a tub can be a slick area to be on. It’s a good idea that each has some textured stickers so your toes have a bumpy patch to grip.

  • Medicine Door Latch: If you have young children or anyone with memory difficulties, you have to take extra attention regarding medicine. Safeguard your pills and syrups by getting a medicine cabinet with a latch that locks.

  • Circuit Interrupter Outlet: Just like the kitchen, you need to also install a safer circuit interrupter outlet on each bathroom outlet. This will cut the current if water enters the outlet or they experience an unusual surge from a curling iron or hair dryer.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Children’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Chico

Your child’s bedroom should pair safety with manageability. If their window treatments or other things are safe but hard to manage, then your children may get around the device with unsafe activities -- like scale a dresser -- to use them. Here are 5 easy, and safe, ideas:

  • Cordless Window Coverings: Safety professionals have designated window treatment cords a hidden hazard for both children and pets. Use motorized treatments that you can easily open and close via remote. Or even better, link your motorized coverings to your ADT security system so they rise on a schedule when the sun comes up, and go down in the evening for extra privacy.

  • Indoor Security Camera: An indoor security camera sitting on your toddler’s desk or dresser can act like an HD baby monitor that you can watch from your phone. And when they need you, they can use the intercom talk button that comes with the camera.

  • Plug Covers: While every outlet should have outlet safety caps on them to protect your little children, this is especially urgent in a child’s bedroom. It’s the one room in your home where your toddler will most likely play alone without constant adult supervision.

  • Window Escape Ladder: If you use bedrooms on the second level, then you should have a window fire ladder. These will let a young one leave the house even if the hallway or lower levels are on fire. Just remember to go over how to use the ladder at least twice a year.

  • Toy Box Or Low Shelves: It’s weird to view a toy box as a safety component, but you’ll understand if you’ve ever stepped on an action figure in your socked feet. A uncluttered floor gives your child a quick escape if there’s an emergency.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist For Chico

Your bedroom should be an oasis, so let your safety items make life easier if there's an emergency. After all, being jerked awake by a wailing alarm can be confusing.

  • Security System Touchscreen: Having a touchscreen on your bedside table helps you know what’s happening without getting out of bed. You could always turn on your ADT phone app. However, the large touchscreen can be faster to use when you’re yawning and confused.

  • Phone Charging Stand: We depend on our smartphones for so much now alarms, web browsers, game machines, and sometimes even phones. However, a dead phone in the middle of the night cuts us off from communications if there’s a problem. To keep it nice and ready, a an easy-to-use charging station is an essential.

  • Nightlight/Smart Lights: A plug-in light can calm you when you’re jolted awake from an alarm or other noises. If you can’t fall asleep with a small nightlight, install smart bulbs in your bedroom and hall. Then you can get light on-demand with a push of a button or vocal command.

  • Fireproof Lockbox: Stash your vital documents like social security cards, passports, or a spare checkbook in a fireproof lockbox. Your lockbox can be a bigger one that sits in your closet or a slender portable safe that you can grab when you leave during a fire or other emergency.

  • Temperature Sensor: The drawback with bedrooms is that they might feel too stuffy or be frigid because they sit far away from the thermostat. A temperature sensor can talk to your smart thermostat so you will have a pleasant, peaceful sleep at the perfect temperature.

Garage Safety Checklist

Basement/Garage Safety Checklist For Chico

Most safety needs in the garage or basement are with your water heater or HVAC system. Finding problems at the source can prevent larger emergencies later on. So, as you look around your garage or basement, pay attention to these critical items:

  • Water Sensor Or Sump Pump Alarm: Placing a flood alarm by your water heater and sump pump can save you from discovering a pond when you step into your garage or basement. It’s sure better than sifting through a heap of soiled storage boxes.

  • CO Detector: It’s nice to hang a CO alarm in an area where a gas leak can spring up. If you use gas heat, try to put an alarm in the same place as your unit.

  • Remote Water Shutoff Valve: If your water alarm finds a hot water leak or a burst pipe, then you will have to cut off the main water line at once. With a wireless shutoff valve, you can stop 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 up brings about all sorts of issues. You can waste heat or air through that large opening, and critters or intruders can just saunder in. A sensor will text you about a neglected garage door and allow you to close it with your phone.

  • Temperature Sensor: A heat alarm in your basement or garage is essential if you fret about frozen pipes. The temperature in these areas can be drastically different than the main part of the house, so you may want to have a constant look on them with your security mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Outside Perimeter Safety Checklist for Chico

Your yard, driveway, and front walk are just as imperative to secure as the interior of your house. Use this checklist to create a safe outside:

  • Outdoor Security Camera: You can install outdoor security cameras to alert you to late night movement in your back yard. These security cameras are especially useful in areas where you may not have a window installed -- like a side yard or by the garage door.

  • Low Shrubbery: High bushes can create some privacy, but they also obscure your line of sight of the yard and curb. Don’t offer potential burglars a place to hide. Plus, large bushes or greenery around your home can clog gutters and summon pests.

  • ADT Signs And Decals: One of the most popular discouragements for a break-in is advertising to aspiring intruders that you own a state-of-the-art home security system. An ADT sign by the main walk and a window decal will tell people that they ought to shove off to an easier score.

  • Motion Activated Porch Lighting: Light is the biggest deterrent to people who skulk in the dark. Motion-activated lights on your porch, garage, or deck can shoo possible intruders away. Flood lights also help you work the locks when you get home on those dark, winter nights.

Use Secure24 Alarm Systems To Help You Finish Your Home Safety Checklist for Chico

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t help you with each household item on your Chico home safety checklist, we can install a customized home security system. With alarms, security cameras, and home automation, we can customize the best system for your home’s needs. Just phone (530) 205-3977 for more information or send in the form below. Or customize your own solution with our Security System Designer.

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