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Home Safety Checklist For Santa Clarita

Staying safe in your residence should be your number one responsibility. But are you forgetting one or two big safety components? Look over this home safety checklist for Santa Clarita and discover where your home requires an update.

This guide begins with some whole-home safety ideas, and then we break it down room-by-room. Then, you can call (661) 231-0767 or fill out the form below to get your home ready.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

Basic Home Safety Checklist for Santa Clarita

While you may want to take a individual room process for home safety in Santa Clarita, there are a few items that work for the entire house approach. These components can talk together through a touchscreen hub, and often can respond to other components. You might also control every one of your home safety components using a mobile security app, such as ADT Control:

  • Monitored Home Security System: All your windows and doors should employ a sensor that warns your family to forced entry. As the alarm goes off, your monitoring expert answers the call and calls a first responder.

  • Smart Lights For Most Rooms: Of course, you can set your smart bulbs so your home is more energy-efficient. But they can also help you stay safe throughout an emergency. Make your downstairs lights come on when an alarm triggers to scare off intruders or brighten your way to a outside location.

  • Smart Thermostat: Like your smart lights, a smart thermostat in Santa Clarita should save you 10%-15% in utility spending. But it also can start your exhaust fan when your alarms senses a fire.

  • Monitored Fire Alarms: At the very least, you have a fire alarm on each level of your house. You can improve your fire readiness by installing a monitored fire alarm that looks for both heat and smoke, and pings your 24/7 monitoring agents when it thinks that there’s a fire.

  • Smart Lock For Every Door: Every door that uses a deadbolt can be made safer with a smart lock. Now you can preset numbered codes to family and friends and get texts to your mobile device when the locks are unlocked. Your locks can even automatically open, letting you quickly get out during a fire or dangerous situation.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Family Room Safety Checklist For Santa Clarita

You’ll spend most of your time in the family room, so it can be the perfect room to start your home safety optimization. Highly sought after items, like a big screen or stereo system, usually are located in your living room, making it a tempting area for burglars. Start with installing a motion detector or security camera in there, then try some of these suggestions:

  • Motion Sensors: By hanging motion detectors, you’ll have a loud siren anytime they sense suspicious motion within your living room. The best devices are motion sensors that filter out a dog or cat or you’ll get an alert each time your cat passes through for a bite of food.

  • Indoor Camera: An indoor security camera offers a constant watch on your living room. Watch real-time feeds of your room so you can know what’s going on from the mobile app. Or chat with family members when they arrive home from playing with the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Cord Maintenance: Safeguard expensive electronics and quit overloading your circuits with a surge protector. For extra convenience, install a smart plug with anti-surge functionality included.

  • Furniture Bolted To The Wall: If you have any small children, you’ll need to bolt your entertainment center or other heavy furniture to the wall. This is extra important if your living room uses carpet that can make objects extra unbalanced.

  • Enhanced Locks For Sliding Doors: If your living room uses a glass door that slides out to a backyard, deck, or outside porch, you probably know that the lock is fairly worthless. Put in a special lock, like a bottom bar or small locks that are located on the bottom and top of the frame.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Santa Clarita

Your kitchen has plenty of items that should bring safety and security to your house. Most of these items are also a snap to add and can be bought from the grocery store:

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

  • GFCI Box On Every Outlet: A GFCI outlet should be installed everywhere there’s nearby running water to ward off a deadly shock. That means the plug outlets by your sink and kitchen counter. Since 1987, it’s been code to have one GFCI per dedicated circuit. But all your outlets will go dead if any outlet senses a surge, so you’ll want to use a single GFCI on each outlet.

  • Monitored Carbon Monoxide Detector: A carbon monoxide detector is needed in spaces that employ a gas oven and stove. If your gas lines leak, the carbon monoxide detector will play a loud noise and call your monitoring agent.

  • Disinfectant Wipes Or Spray: The biggest safety issue in the kitchen is actually bacteria and cross-contamination that comes with uncooked meat and dairy. Always have disinfectant wipes or spray to sanitize your area after cooking.

  • Refrigerator Alarm: The milk, meat, and perishables in the fridge should remain at a cold temperature to stay ready to consume. If you leave the fridge or freezer door open, then a constant beep will tell you to close the door. Some refrigerators come with an alarm, some won’t, and you’ll have to get a fridge alarm from the hardware store.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Santa Clarita

Just because there’s not a lot of space in your bathroom, you will still have safety hazards. From flood detectors to electric safety, here are some safety ideas for your bathroom:

  • Flood Sensors: A leaking toilet or bathtub can cause extensive damage. Discover a leak with a flood detector before they generate hundreds to thousands of dollars in renovations.

  • No-slip Bath Mats: A fall in the bathroom can be painful, causing pulled muscles, sore joints, or sprained ankles. Or avoid these hazards with a non-slip bath mat for while you towel off.

  • Non-slip Bathtub Strips: Likewise, a bathtub can be a slick area to be on. It’s a good idea that each tub has some non-slip stickies so your feet have a textured patch for stability.

  • Medicine Door Latch: If you have curious toddlers or someone with memory complications, you should take extra care regarding prescribed medicine. Safeguard your prescriptions by getting a medicine cabinet with a latch that locks.

  • Circuit Interrupter Outlet: While installing better outlets in the kitchen, you need to also use a surge protecting circuit interrupter outlet on every bathroom receptacle. This will cut the current if water splashes on them or you have an unusual surge from an electric razor or hair dryer.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Kid’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Santa Clarita

Your kid’s bedroom should counterbalance safety with manageability. If their window coverings or other items are safe but hard to manage, then your child may perform dangerous activities -- like shimmying up a dresser -- to use them. Try these simple, yet safe, ideas:

  • Cord-Free Window Coverings: Safety experts have identified cords from shades and blinds a hidden hazard for kids and pets. Put in motorized shades that your child can easily manage via remote. Or better yet, link your motorized treatments to your ADT smart hub so they can raise without anyone’s help when the sun comes up, and lower at bedtime for added darkness.

  • Tableside Security Camera: A camera sitting on your child’s desk or dresser can act just like a baby monitor that you can watch with a smartphone. And when they need your help, they can use the two-way talk button that comes with the camera.

  • Outlet Plug Covers: While each outlet should have outlet safety caps on them to protect your young children, this is especially urgent in their bedroom. It’s the main place in your home where your toddler will most likely play by themselves without adult supervision.

  • Window Safety Ladder: If you use bedrooms on the second level, then you will want to put in a window safety ladder. These should help your children get out of their room in case the hallway or lower levels are engulfed in smoke and fire. Just remember to go over how to use the ladder one or two times a year.

  • Toy Chest Or Low Shelves: It’s weird to think about a toy chest as a safety item, but you’ll see the light if you’ve ever walked on a Lego in your stocking feet. A clutter-free floor gives your child a quick way out during a safety or security event.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Main Bedroom Safety Checklist For Santa Clarita

Your main bedroom should be an oasis, so let your safety items give you peace of mind if you experience an emergency event. After all, being jerked awake by a loud buzzer can be disorienting.

  • Security System Touchscreen: Having a smart hub on your bedside table helps you know what’s what that noise was without leaving your bed. You could also turn on your ADT phone app but, the touchscreen can be easier to control to use when you’re bleary-eyed and finding your bearings.

  • Personal Charging Stand: We depend on our smartphones for so many things now alarm clocks, news readers, game machines, and --legend has it-- even phones. But, an uncharged cell will cut us off from communications if something goes wrong. To make sure your phone always works, a an easy-to-use charging station is should be used nightly.

  • Nightlights Or Voice Activated Smart Lights: A tiny light can calm you when you’re bolted awake from a fire alarm or unexpected noises. If you can’t fall asleep with an outlet light, install smart lights in your fixtures. Then you can control light on-demand with a push of a button or voice command.

  • Fireproof Lockbox: Keep your important paperwork like insurance cards, passports, or a spare checkbook in a fireproof safe. Your lockbox can be a bigger one that sits out of the way or a smaller portable safe that you can snatch when you leave during a fire or break-in.

  • Heat Sensor: The drawback with most bedrooms is that they tend to run too hot or be chilly because they are located far away from the thermostat. A heat sensor can communicate to your smart thermostat so you will have a pleasant, restful sleep at just the right climate.

Garage Safety Checklist

Basement/Garage Safety Checklist For Santa Clarita

Most safety issues in the basement or garage deal with your water or heating system. Seeing problems early can stave away more devastating emergencies later on. So, as you walk around your basement or garage, pay attention to these crucial items:

  • Water Detector Or Sump Pump Alarm: Putting a flood sensor in back of your water heater or sump pump can stop you from discovering a pond when you step into your basement or garage. Do you really want to spend your night getting rid of standing water?

  • CO Detector: It’s nice to have a carbon monoxide alarm in an area where a gas leak can occur. If you have gas heat, try to hang an alarm in the same area as your HVAC unit.

  • Wireless Water Shutoff Valve: If your flood detector detects a hot water heater leak or a busted pipe, then you will want to shut off the primary water valve quickly. With a remote shutoff valve, you can turn off your water flow from your phone. That’s nice when you’re on vacation and receive a flood sensor text on your smartphone.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage up causes all sorts of problems. You can lose a bunch of HVAC energy through that large opening, and rodents or lurkers can just wander in. A sensor will text you about an open garage door and lets you lower it with your phone.

  • Heat Sensor: A heat sensor in your basement or garage is handy if you worry about your pipes freezing. The heat in these areas can be drastically different than the rest of the home, so you may want to maintain a constant look on them by using your security mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Home Perimeter Safety Checklist for Santa Clarita

Your landscaping, drive, and front porch are just as imperative to secure as the interior of your home. Try this checklist to defend your perimeter:

  • Outdoor Security Camera: You can install outdoor cameras to alert you to late night activity in your back yard. These devices come in handy in places where you might not have a view -- like around a cellar or by the driveway.

  • Window Height Shrubbery: High shrubs can offer some serenity, but they also obscure your view of the outside. Don’t offer potential thieves an area to hide. Plus, large bushes or trees against your structure can jam up gutters and invite pests.

  • ADT Yard Signs: One of the biggest disincentives for a thief is advertising to would-be rogues that you have a monitored home security system. An ADT sign by the front door and a window cling will show ne'er-do-wells that they ought to keep walking to an easier score.

  • Motion Controlled Outside Lights: Light is the greatest enemy to those who sneak around in the shadows. Motion-activated lighting on your deck, porch, or garage can shoo lurkers away. Flood lights also help you see the walk when you get home late after work.

Contact Secure24 Alarm Systems To Help You Finish Your Home Safety Checklist for Santa Clarita

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t deliver every item on your Santa Clarita home safety checklist, we can bring you a powerful home security system. With alarms, security cameras, and home automation, we can customize the ideal system for your house’s needs. Simply phone (661) 231-0767 for more information or fill out the form below. Or customize your own ADT system with our Security System Designer.