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Home Safety Checklist For Newburgh

Staying safe in your house should be your number one concern. But are you missing some key safety components? Look over this home safety checklist for Newburgh and discover where your living space requires greater attention.

We give you some whole-home safety techniques, and then we break it down room-by-room. Then, you can call (845) 208-9357 or fill out the form below to get your home set up.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

Basic Home Safety Checklist for Newburgh

While you will want to take a individual room method for home safety in Newburgh, there are some methods that are good for your entire home. These components can talk together through a smart hub, and oftentimes react to one another. You might also manage every one of your home safety devices through a mobile app, such as ADT Control:

  • Monitored Home Security System: All your doors and windows should have a sensor that notifies you to forced entry. After an alarm goes off, your monitoring agent picks up the alert and sends emergency personnel.

  • Smart Lights For Each Room: Sure, you can program your smart bulbs to become more efficient. But they can also allow you to remain safe during an emergency. Have your smart bulbs come on when an alarm goes off to scare off robbers or illuminate your way to a outside location.

  • Smart Thermostat: Likewise, a smart thermostat in Newburgh could save you 10%-15% in energy costs. Also, it can flip on an exhaust fan during a fire.

  • Monitored Fire Alarms: At the very least, you need to have a fire detector on each level of your house. You can increase your fire preparedness by installing a monitored fire alarm that senses both heat and smoke, and notifies your round-the-clock monitoring team when it senses a fire.

  • Smart Locks: Every door that needs a keyed lock can use a smart lock. Now you may program key codes to friends and family and get texts to your phone when your locks are used. Your doors can even automatically turn off, allowing you to quickly leave during an emergency.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Living Room/Family Room Safety Checklist For Newburgh

You’ll hang out most in the family room, so it can be the best area to start making your house safer. Electronics, like a big screen or stereo system, probably are located in your living room, making it a popular room for robbers. Start with installing a motion sensor or security camera in your room, then continue on with the following safety protocols:

  • Motion Detectors: By putting in motion sensors, you’ll have a loud siren anytime they sense unexpected movement within your family room. The best devices are motion detectors that filter out pet movements or you’ll have an alert every time your pet roams by for a drink of water.

  • Indoor Camera: An indoor security camera puts a constant watch on your family room. Get real-time feeds of the area so you can see what’s going on through the mobile app. Or chat with your family in the room by using the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Outlet Maintenance: Protect expensive electronics and stop overloading your circuits with a surge protector. For extra convenience, use a smart plug with a surge protector in the unit.

  • Heavy Furniture Bolted To The Wall: If you have curious kids, you’ll want to secure your heavy furniture and entertainment center to the wall. This is extra crucial if your living room has carpeting that could make heavy objects extra unbalanced.

  • Enhanced Locks For Glass Doors: If your living room uses a glass door that slides out to a backyard, deck, or porch, you know that the door lock is usually worthless. Install a special lock, like a metal bar or small locks that are located on the top and bottom of the opening.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Newburgh

The kitchen has room for items that should add safety to your home. Some of these things should be easy to add and can be purchased from the grocery store:

  • Fire Extinguisher: Fire can happen from a neglected skillet or an errant grease splatter. Always keep a fire extinguisher in close reach for any cooking emergencies.

  • GFCI Box On Every Outlet: A circuit interrupter outlet should be standard everywhere they’re by water to lessen the chance of electrocution. That means the plug outlets around your sink and kitchen counter. Since 1987, it’s been code to have one circuit interrupter outlet per dedicated circuit. But all your outlets will flip off if any outlet senses a surge, so you’ll want to install a single GFCI for every outlet.

  • Monitored CO Detector: A carbon monoxide detector is advised for the kitchen if you use gas for the oven and range. If your gas lines malfunction, the CO detector will play a high-decibel noise and ping your monitoring agent.

  • Disinfectant Wipes Or Spray: The most overlooked safety issue in the kitchen is the invisible bacteria and cross-contamination from raw meat and dairy. Always keep disinfectant wipes or spray to clean your counters after preparing food.

  • Refrigerator Alarm: The food items in your fridge should remain at a constant temperature to be healthy to eat. If you accidently leave the fridge or freezer door open, then a small beep will remind you to close the door. Some appliances come with a pre-installed alarm, others don’t, and you’ll have to buy a fridge alarm from online.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Newburgh

Just because you may not have a bunch of square footage in your bathroom there’s still safety hazards. From water problems to anti-surge outlets, here are a few safety tips for your bathroom:

  • Flood Detectors: A leaking toilet or bathtub can create an expensive amount of water damage. Get alerted early about water problems with a flood detector and save the time and money from renovations.

  • Textured Shower Mats: A slip and fall in the bathroom can be devastating, causing bumps, gashed heads, or broken bones. Make sure you steer clear from these problems with a non-slip bathroom mat for your wet feet.

  • Textured Bathtub Strips: Likewise, a tub basin can be a slick surface to move in. It’s a good idea that every tub has some no-slip strips so your feet and toes have a rough patch for stability.

  • Medicine Door Lock: If you have young toddlers or a family member with memory lapses, you have to take additional care regarding prescription medicine. Hide away your pills and syrups by getting a medicine cabinet with a child-proof lock.

  • Circuit Interrupter Outlet: Similarly to the kitchen, you need to also install a safer circuit interrupter outlet on every bathroom receptacle. This will shut off the current if water splashes on them or you have a sudden spike from a hair dryer or curling iron.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Kid’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Newburgh

Your kid’s bedroom should pair safety with simplicity. If their window coverings or other things are safe but hard to operate, then your child may try unsafe methods -- like climb a chest of drawers -- to open them. Try these simple, yet safe, ideas:

  • Cordless Window Treatments: Safety experts have designated corded window treatments a secret danger for both children and pets. Put in motorized blinds or shades that kids can easily manage through a remote. Or better yet, pair your motorized coverings to your ADT security system so they rise automatically when the sun comes up, and lower at night for an easier sleep.

  • Tableside Security Camera: An indoor security camera perched on your kid’s dresser can behave just like an HD baby monitor that you can watch from a mobile device. And when they need something, they can hit the two-way talk feature on the camera.

  • Plug Covers: While every outlet should use outlet safety caps on them to protect your young children, this is especially needed in their bedroom. It’s the main place in your home where your child will most likely be solo without consistent adult supervision.

  • Window Safety Ladder: If you use bedrooms on the second story, then you need to have a window fire ladder. These can help a child leave the house when the hallway or downstairs are engulfed in smoke and fire. Make sure to rehearse how to unfurl the ladder a few times a year.

  • Toy Chest Or Low Shelves: It’s interesting to look at a toy chest as a safety item, but you’ll get it if you’ve ever walked on a building block in your stocking feet. A clean floor let your child have a quick way out when there’s a fire or break-in.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist For Newburgh

Your bedroom should be your calm space, so let your safety devices give you peace of mind when you experience an emergency event. After all, being wrenched awake by a high-decibel siren can be quite a shock.

  • Smart Hub Touchscreen: Having a smart hub on your bedside table gives you a sense of what’s going on without getting out of bed. You could alternatively use your ADT mobile app. However, the HD touchscreen may be better to use when you’re coming out of sleep and disoriented.

  • Phone Charging Area: We depend on our cell phones for so many things now alarms, internet searches, social media, and sometimes even phones. The only problem is that an uncharged phone will cut us off from the outside world if something goes wrong. To make sure your phone always works, a charging cord or station becomes should be used nightly.

  • Nightlight/Smart Lights: A tiny light can be a beacon when you’re jolted awake from a fire alarm or unexpected noises. If you can’t fall asleep with a nightlight, put in a smart bulb in your fixtures. Then you can get light anytime with a push of a button or vocal command.

  • Fireproof Lockbox: Stash your important papers like social security cards, stock certificates, or banking information in a fireproof lockbox. Your safe can be a large one that camps out in a corner or a small handheld safe that you can carry as you escape during a fire or break-in.

  • Heat Sensor: The drawback with a master bedroom is that they tend to feel too warm or be cold because they are far from the thermostat. A temperature sensor can communicate to your smart thermostat so you will have a comfortable, peaceful sleep at a wonderful temperature.

Garage Safety Checklist

Basement/Garage Safety Checklist For Newburgh

Most safety problems in the basement or garage deal with your pipes or heating system. Finding hazards early can stop more devastating problems in the future. So, as you look around your storage areas, check over these safety items:

  • Water Detector Or Sump Pump Alarm: Placing a flood sensor by your water heater and sump pump drain can stop you from discovering 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 smart to hang a carbon monoxide alarm in areas where a natural gas leak can spring up. If you use gas heating, try to hang a detector in the same place as your unit.

  • Wireless Water Shutoff Valve: If your flood sensor detects a plumbing leak or a burst pipe, then you will want to cap the primary water valve immediately. With a wireless shutoff valve, you can stop water flow from any mobile device. That’s perfect when you’re visiting relatives and get an emergency leak text on your phone.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage open causes all types of issues. You can lose HVAC energy through that large opening, and critters or thieves can just wander in. A sensor will notify you about a forgotten garage door and lets you close it through the app.

  • Heat Sensor: A heat sensor in your basement or garage is a definite if you worry about your pipes freezing. The temperature in these rooms can be surprisingly different than your main rooms of the home, so you will want to maintain a closer eye on the temp with your security mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Home Perimeter Safety Checklist for Newburgh

Your foliage, driveway, and front step are just as crucial to make safe as the inside of your house. Use this checklist to defend your perimeter:

  • Outdoor Camera: You can hang outdoor cameras to notify you about unusual movement in your yard. These devices are especially useful in places where you might not have a view -- like around a cellar or by the driveway.

  • Low Shrubs: Overgrown bushes can give you some serenity, but they also block your line of sight of the yard and curb. Don’t provide potential burglars an area to hide. Plus, high bushes or trees against your house can clog gutters and invite bugs.

  • ADT Signage: One of the most popular disincentives for a thief is telling aspiring rogues that you own an updated home security system. An ADT yard stick by the stoop and a window decal will tell ne'er-do-wells that they should keep walking to an easier target.

  • Motion Triggered Outside Lighting: Light is the greatest enemy to people who lurk in the dark. Motion-controlled lights on your deck, patio, or garage can help scare lurkers away. They also help you work the locks when you arrive home late after work.

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

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t help you with non-security devices on your Newburgh home safety checklist, we can bring you a customized home security system. With alarms, security cameras, and home automation, we can customize the best system for your family’s needs. Simply contact (845) 208-9357 to get started or complete the form below. Or customize your own solution with our Security System Designer.