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Home Safety Checklist For Santa Fe

Keeping safe in your residence should be your largest responsibility. But are you overlooking some big safety items? Look over this home safety checklist for Santa Fe and find out where your home requires an update.

We give you some whole-home safety ideas, and then we whittle it down on a room level. Then, phone (505) 317-7139 or fill out the form below for more information.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

General Home Safety Checklist for Santa Fe

While you may want to employ a room-to-room method for home safety in Santa Fe, there are a few methods that work for the entire house approach. These items can link together through a smart hub, and oftentimes respond to other things. You can also control every one of your home safety components with a mobile security app, like ADT Control:

  • Monitored Home Security System: All your windows and doors should employ a sensor that notifies you to forced entry. As your alarm trips, your monitoring team picks up the alert and quickly calls a first responder.

  • Smart Lighting For Every Major Room: Sure, you can set your smart bulbs so your home is more eco-conscience. But they can also help you remain safe throughout an emergency. Make your downstairs lights come on when a security alarm triggers to frighten off intruders or light your way to a secure area.

  • Smart Thermostat: Like your smart lights, a smart thermostat in Santa Fe could save you 10%-15% in gas and electric spending. But it also can flip on your exhaust fan if you have a fire.

  • Monitored Smoke Detectors: At the very least, you need to have a fire alarm on each level of your house. You can increase your fire game by utilizing a monitored fire detector that detects unusual smoke and heat, and alerts your round-the-clock monitoring agents when it senses a fire.

  • Smart Lock For Every Door: Every entryway that utilizes a deadbolt can use a smart lock. Now you may set codes to family and friends and get texts to your phone when they are unlocked. Your locks can even automatically turn off, helping you to quickly leave when you have a fire or dangerous situation.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Living Room/Family Room Safety Checklist For Santa Fe

You’ll hang out most in the living room, so it’s the perfect area to start making your house a safer place. Electronics, like a big screen or video game console, typically sit in your family room, making it a popular space for burglars. Begin with hanging a motion sensor or indoor camera in there, then take a look at all these suggestions:

  • Motion Detectors: By hanging motion detectors, you’ll get a loud alarm anytime they detect unexpected motion in your family room. You’ll want motion detectors that aren’t set off by pet movements or you’ll get your sirens go off every time your dog roams by for a drink of water.

  • Indoor Security Camera: An indoor security camera puts an eye on your living room. Get real-time feeds of the area so you can know what’s going on without leaving your bed. Or talk with family members when they get back from playing with the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Outlet Maintenance: Protect those electronics and quit overtaxing your circuits with a surge protector. For additional comfort, set up a smart plug with surge protection included.

  • Entertainment Center Secured To The Wall: If you have curious kids, you’ll want to secure your entertainment center or other heavy furniture to your wall. This is extra crucial if your family room has carpeting that can make furniture extra wobbly.

  • Enhanced Locks For Sliding Doors: If your family room uses a glass door that opens to a patio, deck, or porch, you probably can see that the lock is fairly worthless. Install a custom lock, like a bottom bar or locks that are located on the bottom and top of the door frame.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Santa Fe

Your kitchen has plenty of items that should provide comfort and safety to your house. Most of these objects are also simple to add and should be purchased from the a retail store:

  • Fire Extinguisher: A fire can spring up from an overfilled pot or a faulty burner. Always store a fire extinguisher at hand for any stove or oven emergencies.

  • Circuit Interrupter Box On Every Outlet: A GFCI outlet should be used anywhere there’s nearby water to lessen the chance of an electric shock. That includes the plugs by your kitchen counter and sink. Since 1987, it’s been code to have one circuit interrupter outlet per dedicated circuit. But if you don’t want all your outlets to flip off when one outlet surges, you’ll want to use a single GFCI for every outlet.

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

  • Cleaning Wipes Or Spray: The most overlooked safety issue in the kitchen is the invisible bacteria and cross-contamination from uncooked meat and other foods. Always have antiviral wipes or a bleach spray to clean your area after cooking.

  • Refrigerator/Freezer Alarm: The items in the fridge should remain at a cold temperature to be safe to consume. If you leave the freezer or refrigerator door open too long, then a constant beep will let you know so you can check the seal. Some refrigerators already have this installed, some do not, and you’ll have to get a refrigerator alarm from the hardware store.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Santa Fe

Just because there’s not a lot of room in your bathroom doesn’t mean that there aren’t safety issues. From flood prevention to medicine care, here are a few safety improvements for your bathroom:

  • Flood Sensors: A leaking toilet or tub can create a whole lot of water damage. Find water problems early with a flood detector before they bring about hundreds to thousands of dollars in damage.

  • Textured Shower Mats: A slip and fall in the bathroom can be devastating, causing cuts, sore joints, or sprained ankles. Or steer clear from these issues with a textured bathroom mat for after your bath or shower.

  • Non-slip Bathtub Stickies: Likewise, a tub can be a slippery place to stand in. Make sure each bathtub has some no-slip stickies so your toes have a bumpy patch for stability.

  • Medicine Door Lock: If you have curious kids or a family member with memory difficulties, you need to take additional attention regarding medicine. Safeguard your pills and syrups by using a medicine cabinet with a latch that locks.

  • Circuit Interrupter Outlet: Just like the kitchen, you should also use a surge protecting circuit interrupter outlet on each bathroom outlet. This will stop the flow of the current if water enters the outlet or you have a harmful jolt from an electric razor or hair dryer.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Kid’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Santa Fe

Your child’s bedroom should counterbalance safety with simplicity. If their window treatments or other items are safe but hard to use, then your kids may try risky activities -- like shimmying up a bookshelf -- to open them. Here are some easy, and safe, ideas:

  • No Cord Window Coverings: Safety professionals have designated window treatment cords a secret danger for both children and pets. Install motorized shades that you can easily manage with a remote. Or better yet, pair your motorized coverings to your security system so they rise on a schedule when the sun comes up, and go down at night for an easier sleep.

  • Tableside Security Camera: An indoor security camera perched on your toddler’s desk or dresser can act like a baby monitor that you can see from a smartphone. And if they need you, they can push the two-way talk feature included on the camera.

  • Plug Covers: While every 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 main place in your home where your child will most likely play alone without constant additional supervision.

  • Window Safety Ladder: If you have bedrooms on the second level, then you will want to install a window safety ladder. These can let a child escape in case the stairs or lower levels are engulfed in smoke and fire. Just remember to rehearse how to use them one or two times a year.

  • Toy Box Or Low Bookshelves: It’s strange to look at a toy chest as a safety component, but you’ll get it if you’ve ever walked on a Lego in your socked feet. A clutter-free floor let your child have a quick retreat when there’s a fire or break-in.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist For Santa Fe

The master bedroom should be an oasis, so let your safety devices make you more responsive when you experience an emergency event. After all, being jerked awake by a loud siren can be quite a shock.

  • Smart Hub Touchscreen: Having a touchscreen on your nightstand helps you know what’s going on without jumping out of bed. You could also log into your ADT smartphone app but, the HD touchscreen may be easier to use to use when you’re bleary-eyed and disoriented.

  • Phone Charging Area: We rely on our smartphones for so many things now alarms, news readers, time wasters, and sometimes even phones. However, a depleted device can cut us off from the outside world if there’s a problem. To keep it nice and ready, a charging cord or station becomes an essential.

  • Smart Lights Or Nightlights: A small light can calm you when you’re startled awake from a fire alarm or unexpected noises. If you won’t drift off to sleep with a nightlight, install smart bulbs in your fixtures. Then you can control light simply with a push of a button or vocal command.

  • Fireproof Lockbox: Stash your important paperwork like social security cards, passports, or banking information in a fireproof safe. Your lockbox can be a big one that sits in a corner or a small handheld lockbox that you can carry on your way out during a fire or other emergency.

  • Temperature Sensor: The problem with bedrooms is that they might feel too warm or be cold since they sit far away from the thermostat. A temperature sensor will communicate to your smart thermostat so you will have a comfortable, restful sleep at the perfect climate.

Garage Safety Checklist

Garage/Basement Safety Checklist For Santa Fe

Most safety issues in the garage or basement are with your water heater or heating system. Seeing problems at the source can stop more devastating emergencies in the future. So, as you take a look around your basement or garage, pay attention to these critical items:

  • Flood Sensor Or Sump Pump Alarm: Putting a flood sensor in back of your water heater or sump pump drain can stop you from wading into a lake when you walk into your garage or basement. Do you really want to lose your night drying the floor?

  • Carbon Monoxide Alarm: It’s beneficial to hang a carbon monoxide detector in areas where a natural gas leak can spring up. If you employ a gas furnace, you’ll want to put a detector in the same room as your HVAC unit.

  • Wireless Water Shutoff Valve: If your water detector finds a hot water leak or a busted pipe, then you will have to shut off the primary water pipe at once. With a remote shutoff valve, you can stop water flow from your phone. That’s perfect when you’re visiting relatives and get an emergency leak notification on your phone.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage door up leads to all sorts of problems. You can waste heat or air through that gaping hole, and all sorts of animals or intruders can just wander in. A remote sensor will notify you about a forgotten garage door and lets you close it with your phone.

  • Heat Sensor: A temperature sensor in your garage or basement is handy if you fret about freezing pipes. The heat in these areas can be surprisingly different than your main rooms of the house, so you may want to have a close look on the temp with your security mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Outside Safety Checklist for Santa Fe

Your front yard, drive, and front porch are just as important to defend as the interior of your house. Use this checklist to create a safe outside:

  • Outdoor Security Camera: You can hang outdoor security cameras to guard against late night lurkers in your back yard. These security cameras come in handy in areas where you might not have a view -- like around a cellar or by the driveway.

  • Window Height Shrubbery: Overgrown foliage can create some privacy, but they also obscure your line of sight of the yard and curb. Don’t offer potential intruders an area to hide. Plus, tall bushes, shrubs or greenery too close to your structure can obstruct gutters and summon pests.

  • ADT Yard Signs: One of the largest disincentives for home intrusion is advertising to potential intruders that you have a monitored ADT security system. An ADT yard stick by the stoop and a window sticker will alert ne'er-do-wells that they might want to shove off to an less prepared score.

  • Motion Triggered Porch Light Fixtures: Light is the best enemy to those who skulk in the shadows. Motion-triggered flood lights on your deck, patio, or garage can help scare lurkers away. Lights also help you work the locks when you arrive to the house late at night.

Call Secure24 Alarm Systems To Help You Finish Your Home Safety Checklist for Santa Fe

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t help you with each household item on your Santa Fe home safety checklist, we can discuss a customized security system. With easy-to-use devices and ADT monitoring, we can customize the perfect system for your house’s needs. Simply contact (505) 317-7139 to get started or send in the form below. Or customize your own ADT system with our Security System Designer.

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