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Home Safety Checklist For Salt Lake City

Being safe and secure in your residence should be your number one priority. But are you overlooking a few useful safety items? Use this home safety checklist for Salt Lake City and discover where your living space needs some work.

This guide begins with a few whole-house safety ideas, and then we break it down on a room level. Then, call (801) 895-2509 or complete the form below to get your home safe and secure.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

Whole Home Safety Checklist for Salt Lake City

While you should use a individual room process for home safety in Salt Lake City, there are some things that work for multiple rooms. These devices can link with one another through a smart hub, and can even work off one another. You can also control each of your home safety devices through a smartphone app, like ADT Control:

  • Monitored Security System: Each one of your doors and windows should use a sensor that notifies you and your family to a break-in. After the alarm goes off, your monitoring agent picks up the call and quickly sends emergency personnel.

  • Smart Lights For Most Rooms: Of course, you can program your smart lights to make your home more energy-efficient. But they can also allow you to stay safe during an emergency. Make your smart bulbs come on when an alarm trips to shoo off robbers or illuminate your way to a outside place.

  • Smart Thermostat: Like your smart lights, a smart thermostat in Salt Lake City should save you between 10%-15% in gas and electric costs. Also, it can flip on your exhaust fan when your alarms senses a fire.

  • Monitored Smoke Detectors: It’s code that you need to have a smoke detector on every level. You can improve your fire preparedness by installing a monitored fire detector that looks for unusual heat and smoke, and alerts your 24-hour monitoring experts when it thinks that there’s a fire.

  • Smart Lock For Every Door: Every door that uses a keyed lock can be made safer with a smart lock. Now you can set key codes to family and friends and receive texts to your phone when the locks are activated. Your locks can even automatically open, allowing you to quickly leave when you have a fire or dangerous situation.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Family Room Safety Checklist For Salt Lake City

You’ll spend most of your time in your family room, so it can be the best area to start your home safety makeover. Popular items, like your TV or stereo system, typically sit in your living room, making it a popular area for burglars. Start with placing a motion detector or indoor camera in your room, then take a look at all these safety protocols:

  • Motion Detectors: By putting in motion detectors, you’ll get a loud siren whenever they sense unexpected movement in your living room. Look for motion sensors that ignore pet movements or you’ll get your sirens go off each time your cat comes in for a drink of water.

  • Indoor Camera: An indoor security camera offers an eye on your family room. View constant feeds of your room so you can know what’s going on from the mobile app. Or chat with family members in the living room using the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Outlet Maintenance: Make sure you protect those electronics and quit overloading your electric system with a surge protector. For added 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 want to bolt your heavy furniture and entertainment center to a wall. This is extra crucial if your family room uses rugs or carpet that might make objects extra unstable.

  • Enhanced Locks For Sliding Glass Doors: If your family room uses a sliding glass door that leads to a deck, patio, or screened-in porch, you already know that the door lock is usually flimsy. Install an enhanced lock, like a metal bar or locks that secures the door to the bottom and top of the door frame.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Salt Lake City

The kitchen has many items that can bring comfort and safety to your home. Some of these items are also simple to add and should be purchased from the a retail store:

  • Fire Extinguisher: Fire can come from from an overfilled pot or a towel that’s too close to a burner. Always store a fire extinguisher in close reach 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 a deadly shock. That includes the plug outlets by your kitchen counter and sink. Since 1987, it’s been required to have one circuit interrupter outlet per dedicated circuit. But each one of your plugs will go dead if one outlet sees a surge, so you’re going to want to use a separate GFCI for every outlet.

  • Monitored Carbon Monoxide Detector: A carbon monoxide detector is recommended for kitchens that have natural gas for the oven and stove. If your gas lines malfunction, the carbon monoxide detector will emit a high-decibel sound and ping your monitoring agent.

  • Clorox Wipes Or Spray: The largest safety issue in the kitchen is actually bacteria and contamination that comes with raw meat and dairy. Always keep antiviral wipes or an antibacterial spray to scrub off your counters after making a meal.

  • Refrigerator Alarm: The food items in the fridge have to stay at a cold temperature to be healthy to use. If you leave the freezer or refrigerator door open too long, then an alarm beep will tell you to check the seal. Some appliances come with an alarm, older models do not, and you’ll have to get a refrigerator alarm from online.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Salt Lake City

Just because you may not have a bunch of square footage in your bathroom, you will still have safety concerns. From flood detectors to anti-surge outlets, here are some safety ideas for your bathroom:

  • Flood Sensors: A leaking sink or shower can create an expensive amount of destruction. Discover a leak with a flood detector before they bring about hundreds to thousands of dollars in ruined floors, walls, and fixtures.

  • Non-slip Bath Mats: A slip in the bathroom can be painful, causing pulled muscles, bruises, or broken bones. Or prevent these issues with a non-slip bathroom mat for while you towel off.

  • Textured Bathtub Stickers: Another water hazard, a tub basin can be a slippery surface to be on. It’s a good idea that every tub has some textured strips so your feet have a rough patch to gain traction.

  • Medicine Door Lock: If you have little toddlers or a family member with memory lapses, you have to take extra care regarding prescription medicine. Hide away 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 install a surge protecting GFCI outlet on each bathroom circuit. This will cut the electricity if they ever get wet or there’s a sudden jolt from an electric razor or hair dryer.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Kid’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Salt Lake City

A child’s bedroom should pair safety with manageability. If their window treatments or other things are safe but difficult to operate, then your kids may get around the device with dangerous activities -- like climb a dresser -- to open them. Try these straightforward, and safe, ideas:

  • Cord-Free Window Treatments: Safety experts have identified window treatment cords a secret problem for children and animals. Install motorized shades that you can easily control via remote. Or better yet, link your shades to your security system so they open automatically at dawn, and close at night for added darkness.

  • Indoor Security Camera: An indoor security camera placed on your toddler’s dresser can act just like an HD baby monitor that you can view from your phone. And when they want your help, they can use the two-way talk feature on the camera.

  • Outlet Plug Covers: While every outlet should have covers on them to protect your small children, this is doubly urgent in a child’s bedroom. It’s the one room in your house where your child will most likely hang out by themselves without parental supervision.

  • Window Escape Ladder: If you have bedrooms on an upper floor, then you should install a window escape ladder. These will help a young one escape in case the stairway or downstairs are blocked off with fire. Make sure to go over how to unfurl them at least twice a year.

  • Toy Chest Or Low Shelves: It’s interesting to view a toy box as a safety component, but you’ll get it if you’ve ever tramped on a building block in your stocking feet. A clutter-free floor let your child have a quick escape if there’s a safety or security event.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist For Salt Lake City

Your bedroom should be a refuge, so let your safety devices make you more responsive when there's an emergency. After all, being startled awake by a loud buzzer can be disorienting.

  • Home Security Touchscreen: Having a touchscreen on your bedside table gives you a sense of what’s what that noise was without getting out of bed. You could alternatively log into your ADT phone app but, the touchscreen may be better to use when you’re bleary-eyed and finding your bearings.

  • Device Charging Area: We depend on our cell phones for so much now alarm clocks, web browsers, games, and --legend has it-- even phones. The only problem is that an uncharged phone can cut us off from the outside world if something goes wrong. To make sure your phone always works, a an easy-to-use charging station becomes should be used nightly.

  • 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 have trouble falling asleep with an outlet light, use a smart bulb in your fixtures. Then you can control light anytime with a push of a button or voice command.

  • Fireproof Safe: Store your essential documents like social security cards, medical information, or a spare checkbook in a fireproof lockbox. Your lockbox can be a large one that is located in your closet or a slender handheld safe that you can carry on your way out during a fire or break-in.

  • Temperature Sensor: The drawback with bedrooms is that they might be too stuffy or be cold because they are across the house from the thermostat. A temperature sensor will talk to your smart thermostat so you will have a pleasant, restful sleep at just the right temperature.

Garage Safety Checklist

Basement/Garage Safety Checklist For Salt Lake City

Most safety problems in the basement or garage are with your water heater or furnace. Discovering issues early can stop more devastating disasters later on. So, as you take a look around your garage or basement, pay attention to these crucial items:

  • Flood Detector Or Sump Pump Alarm: Putting a flood alarm by your water heater and sump pump can prevent you from wading into a mess when you go into your garage or basement. The last you need is to lose the weekend bailing out water and sorting through all those ruined boxes.

  • Carbon Monoxide Alarm: It’s nice to install a CO alarm in an area where a gas leak can occur. If you employ a gas furnace, you should install a detector in the same area as your unit.

  • Remote Water Shutoff Valve: If your flood detector detects a hot water heater leak or a burst pipe, then you will want to cut off the primary water pipe immediately. With a WiFi shutoff valve, you can block water flow from anywhere in the world. That’s helpful when you’re out of town and see a water leak notification on your smartphone.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage door open causes all sorts of problems. You can waste heat or air through that gaping hole, and all sorts of animals or lurkers can just walk in. A sensor will text you about a forgotten garage door and allow you to close it remotely.

  • Heat Sensor: A temperature sensor in your garage or basement is essential if you worry about frozen pipes. The heat in these rooms can be drastically different than the main part of the home, so you may want to have a constant look on them through your security mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Outside Safety Checklist for Salt Lake City

Your foliage, driveway, and front step are just as important to make safe as the interior of your house. Try this checklist to create a safe outside:

  • Outdoor Security Camera: You can hang outdoor cameras to notify you about late night activity in your back yard. These security cameras are nice in areas where you might not have a view -- like a side yard or by the garage.

  • Low Bushes: Tall bushes can create some solitude, but they also block your view of the outside. Don’t give potential intruders an area to hide. Plus, high bushes, shrubs or greenery too close to your structure can jam up gutters and invite pests.

  • ADT Yard Signs: One of the most popular deterrents for home intrusion is telling potential intruders that you use a monitored home security system. An ADT sign by the front door and a window sticker will show lurkers that they ought to keep walking to an unprotected target.

  • Motion Triggered Outside Lighting: Light is the biggest deterrent to those who skulk in the shadows. Motion-activated lights on your deck, patio, or garage can frighten lurkers away. Lights also help you get inside when you get home late after work.

Call Secure24 Alarm Systems To Help You Finish Your Home Safety Checklist for Salt Lake City

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t help you with every item on your Salt Lake City home safety checklist, we can bring you a state-of-the-art home security. With everything from alarms to thermostats, we can personalize the perfect system for your home’s needs. Just contact (801) 895-2509 for more information or fill out the form below. Or customize your own system with our Security System Designer.