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Home Safety Checklist For Mansfield

Staying safe in your house should be your largest responsibility. But are you overlooking some useful safety components? Take this home safety checklist for Mansfield and see where your home can use some work.

We give you a few whole-house safety items, and then we break it down room-by-room. Then, call (419) 359-8643 or send in the form below to talk to a security agent.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

Whole Home Safety Checklist for Mansfield

While you will want to use a individual room process for home safety, there are a few things that work for the whole-house approach. These components can link with one another through a smart hub, and often can respond to other things. You can also manage each of your home safety components through a mobile security app, like ADT Control:

  • Monitored Security System: All your windows and doors should employ a sensor that alerts your family to a break-in. After an alarm trips, your monitoring team responds to the alert and calls emergency personnel.

  • Smart Lights For Every Major Room: Sure, you can schedule your smart lights to become more eco-conscience. But smart lights can also help you stay safe throughout an emergency. Make your downstairs lights flash on when an alarm trips to scare off robbers or brighten the way out to a safe place.

  • Smart Thermostat: Like your smart lights, a smart thermostat in Mansfield should save you 10%-15% in gas and electric spending. It also can start your exhaust fan if you have a fire.

  • Monitored Fire Detectors: It’s code that you have a fire alarm on every floor. You can improve your fire preparedness by utilizing a monitored fire detector that looks for both smoke and heat, and notifies your round-the-clock monitoring team when it detects a fire.

  • Smart Locks: Every entryway that needs a keyed lock can be made safer with a smart lock. Now you may program codes to friends and family and get texts to your mobile device when your locks are activated. Your doors can even automatically turn off, allowing you to quickly get out during a fire or dangerous situation.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Family Room Safety Checklist For Mansfield

You’ll spend most of your time in the living room, so it may be the most reasonable room to start making your home a safer place. Popular items, like a TV or stereo system, typically sit in your living room, making it a popular area for robbers. Start with hanging a motion sensor or indoor camera by the doorway, then take a look at the following suggestions:

  • Motion Sensors: By putting in motion sensors, you’ll hear a shrieking alarm whenever they detect unusual motion in your living room. Look for motion detectors that ignore pets or you’ll have an alert each time your pet comes in for a midnight stroll.

  • Indoor Security Camera: An indoor security camera gives you a visual on your living room. Watch constant streams of your room so you can see what’s going on from the mobile app. Or talk with your kids when they come back from school with the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Outlet Maintenance: Safeguard all your electronics and quit overtaxing your outlets with a surge protector. For additional comfort, set up a smart plug with surge protection built-in.

  • Furniture Bolted To The Wall: If you have curious kids, you’ll want to bolt your entertainment center or other heavy furniture to your wall. This is especially crucial if your family room has rugs or carpet that might make furniture extra wobbly.

  • Special Locks For Glass Doors: If your living room has a glass door that leads to a patio, deck, or outside porch, you already get that the door lock is pretty worthless. Install an enhanced lock, like a cross bar or locks that are located on the top and bottom of the opening.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Mansfield

The kitchen has room for items that should provide safety and security to your house. Most of these items should be simple to add and can be found in the Target or Walmart:

  • Fire Extinguisher: A fire can come from from a neglected pot or an errant grease splatter. Always keep a fire extinguisher at the ready for any kitchen mishaps.

  • Circuit Interrupter Box On Each Outlet: A GFCI outlet should be installed everywhere they’re close to running water to ward off an electric shock. That means the plugs around your kitchen counter and sink. For 30 years, it’s been required to have one circuit interrupter outlet per circuit. But each one of your outlets will flip off if one outlet senses a surge, so you’ll want to use an unchained GFCI per outlet.

  • Monitored CO Detector: A carbon monoxide detector is recommended for kitchens that have a gas stove and oven. If your gas lines spring a leak, the CO detector will cause a loud, buzzing siren and ping your monitoring professional.

  • Disinfectant Wipes Or Spray: The biggest safety problem in the kitchen is actually bacteria and contamination from blood from meat and dairy. Always keep cleaning wipes or an antibacterial spray to sanitize your area after making a meal.

  • Refrigerator Alarm: The food items in the fridge need to remain at a chilly temperature to be ready to use. If you leave the freezer or refrigerator door ajar, then a constant beep will let you know so you can close the door. Some fridges already have this installed, some won’t, and you’ll have to get an external alarm from the hardware store.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Mansfield

Just because you don’t a lot of square footage in your bathroom there’s still safety hazards. From water problems to medicine care, here are some safety ideas for your bathroom:

  • Flood Sensors: A leaking toilet or bathtub can create extensive water damage. Find a water problem with a flood detector and save hundreds to thousands of dollars from water damage.

  • Non-slip Bath Mats: A slip and fall in the bathroom can be painful, causing cuts, bruises, or trips to the hospital. Or prevent these issues with a textured bath mat for your wet feet.

  • No-slip Bathtub Stickers: Like a tiled floor, a tub basin can be a slick area to move in. It’s a good idea that every has some textured stickies so your feet and toes have a textured patch for stability.

  • Medicine Door Lock: If you have curious toddlers or someone with memory lapses, you need to take extra attention regarding prescribed medicine. Hide away your pills and syrups by installing a medicine cabinet with a locking latch.

  • GFCI Circuits: Similarly to the kitchen, you should also install a grounded GFCI outlet on each bathroom receptacle. This will cut the electric current if they ever get wet or they experience an unusual surge from a hair dryer or curling iron.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Child’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Mansfield

Your kid’s bedroom should balance safety with accessibility. If their window coverings or other things are safe but tricky to operate, then your children may try dangerous methods -- like shimmying up a dresser -- to touch them. Here are 5 simple, yet safe, ideas:

  • Cord-Free Window Coverings: Safety professionals have long called window treatment cords an unsuspecting hazard for children and animals. Use motorized shades that kids can easily manage via remote control. Or go state-of-the-art and pair your shades to your security system so they open without anyone’s help when it’s time to get up, and close at night for an easier sleep.

  • Indoor Security Camera: A camera placed on your toddler’s desk can double as a baby monitor that you can see from a mobile device. And when they want something, they can use the 2-way talk button on the camera.

  • Plug Covers: While each outlet should have outlet safety caps on them for your little children, this is especially important in a child’s bedroom. It’s the one place in your house where your child will most likely be solo without constant parental supervision.

  • Window Fire Ladder: If you use bedrooms on above the first story, then you should install a window safety ladder. These can help a young one get out of their room in case the stairs or lower levels are on fire. Make sure to go over how to employ them one or two times a year.

  • Toy Chest Or Low Shelves: It’s weird to think about a toy box as a safety item, but you’ll see the light if you’ve ever tramped on an action figure in your stocking feet. A clean floor let your child have a quick escape if there’s a fire or break-in.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Main Bedroom Safety Checklist For Mansfield

Your bedroom should be a refuge, so let your safety components make life easier if there's an emergency event. After all, being startled awake by a wailing alarm can be quite a shock.

  • Security System Touchscreen: Having a smart hub on your bedside table helps you know what’s going on without leaving your bed. You could also log into your ADT phone app but, the HD touchscreen is often easier to use to use when you’re yawning and finding your bearings.

  • Personal Charging Area: We use our smartphones for so much now alarm clocks, internet searches, time wasters, and sometimes even phones. However, a dead cell in the middle of the night cuts us off from communications if during an emergency. So, a charging cord or station becomes an essential.

  • Nightlight/Smart Lights: A plug-in light can calm you when you’re startled awake from a fire alarm or other noises. If you can’t fall asleep with an outlet light, use a smart bulb in your fixtures. Then you can get light on-demand with a button push or vocal command.

  • Fireproof Safe: Store your important documents like insurance cards, passports, or banking information in a fireproof lockbox. Your safe can be a big one that sits out of the way or a smaller handheld lockbox that you can grab when you leave during an emergency event.

  • Heat Sensor: The drawback with bedrooms is that they tend to feel too warm or be chilly because they are located far away from the thermostat. A temperature sensor can talk to your smart thermostat so you will have a pleasant, peaceful sleep at a wonderful temperature.

Garage Safety Checklist

Basement/Garage Safety Checklist For Mansfield

Most safety issues in the basement or garage have to do with your water or HVAC system. Seeing issues early can stave away bigger emergencies later on. So, as you look around your storage areas, check over these crucial items:

  • Water Sensor Or Sump Pump Alarm: Placing a flood alarm by your water heater or sump pump drain can save you from finding a pond when you walk into your basement or garage. The last you need is to lose the weekend drying your floor and sorting through all those soggy boxes.

  • CO Alarm: It’s nice to hang a CO alarm in an area where a gas leak can happen. If you employ a gas furnace, you’ll want to put a detector in the same room as your unit.

  • Remote Water Shutoff Valve: If your flood detector detects a plumbing leak or a burst pipe, then you will want to cut off the primary water pipe quickly. With a wireless shutoff valve, you can stop water flow from anywhere in the world. That’s perfect when you’re visiting relatives and receive a flood sensor text on your smartphone.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage door up brings about all sorts of headaches. You can waste HVAC energy through that large opening, and critters or thieves can just walk in. A remote sensor will notify you about an open garage door and lets you lower it remotely.

  • Heat Sensor: A temperature alarm in your garage or basement is essential if you wonder about freezing pipes. The temperature in these rooms can be surprisingly different than your main rooms of the home, so you will want to maintain a constant look on them with your security mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Outside Safety Checklist for Mansfield

Your landscaping, driveway, and front walk are just as important to defend as the interior of your house. Try this checklist to make your outside safe:

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

  • Low Shrubbery: Overgrown shrubs can give you some privacy, but they also obscure you seeing into the yard. Don’t provide potential burglars a dark shadow to hide. Plus, tall bushes or trees around your house can jam up gutters and invite pests.

  • ADT Signage: One of the biggest deterrents for a break-in is advertising to potential burglars that you use a state-of-the-art home security system. An ADT sign by the stoop and a window decal will tell lurkers that they should keep walking to an unprotected score.

  • Motion Controlled Porch Lighting: Light is the best deterrent to those who lurk in the shadows. Motion-controlled lighting on your deck, porch, or garage can help scare possible intruders away. They also help you see the walk when you get back home on those dark, winter nights.

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

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t help you with every item on your Mansfield home safety checklist, we can install a state-of-the-art home security. With everything from alarms to thermostats, we can install the perfect system for your home’s needs. Just call (419) 359-8643 to get started or fill out the form below. Or customize your own ADT system with our Security System Designer.

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