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Home Safety Checklist For Albuquerque

Being safe in your house should be your largest responsibility. But are you missing some big safety components? Use this home safety checklist for Albuquerque and discover where your house can use an update.

This guide begins with some whole-house safety techniques, and then we break it down room-by-room. Then, call (505) 317-6311 or complete the form below to get your home ready.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

Basic Home Safety Checklist for Albuquerque

While you will want to use a room-to-room approach to home safety in Albuquerque, there are some items that work for the whole-house approach. These components can sync together through a touchscreen hub, and often can respond to one another. You can also manage every one of your home safety components through a mobile app, like ADT Control:

  • Monitored Home Security System: Each one of your windows and doors should use a sensor that warns your family to forced entry. After an alarm trips, your monitoring agent picks up the call and quickly sends emergency personnel.

  • Smart Bulbs For Every Major Room: Of course, you can program your smart bulbs to make your home more energy-efficient. But smart lights can also help you stay safe throughout an emergency. Make your smart bulbs flip on when a sensor goes off to shoo off intruders or light the way out to a outside area.

  • Smart Thermostat: Like your smart lights, a smart thermostat in Albuquerque should save you up to 15% in energy costs. It also can start the exhaust fan if you have a fire.

  • Monitored Fire Detectors: It’s code that you will have a smoke detector on each level. You can improve your fire readiness by utilizing a monitored fire detector that looks for unusual heat and smoke, and pings your 24/7 monitoring agents when it senses a fire.

  • Smart Lock For Every Door: Every entryway that utilizes a deadbolt can upgrade to a smart lock. Now you can assign numbered codes to friends and family and receive texts to your smartphone when they are used. Your doors can even automatically turn off, allowing you to quickly flee the house if you have a fire or other emergency.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Living Room/Family Room Safety Checklist For Albuquerque

You’ll spend most of your time in the living room, so it’s the most reasonable area to start your home safety makeover. Popular items, like a big screen or video game console, usually are located in your living room, making it an alluring room for robbers. Start with placing a motion sensor or indoor security camera by the doorway, then take a look at some of these safety protocols:

  • Motion Sensors: By installing motion sensors, you’ll hear a shrieking noise if they sense unexpected movement in your living room. You’ll want motion detectors that filter out a dog or cat or you’ll see your sirens go off each time your cat passes through for a drink of water.

  • Security Camera: An indoor security camera offers an eye on your living room. Get real-time streams of everything so you can know what’s going on from the mobile app. Or talk with family members in the room with the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Outlet Maintenance: Safeguard all your electronics and quit overburdening your electric system with a surge protector. For added convenience, set up a smart plug with anti-surge functionality included.

  • Furniture Attached To The Wall: If you have curious kids, you’ll want to bolt your bookshelves and entertainment center to a wall. This is extra crucial if your family room uses carpet that can make heavy objects extra wobbly.

  • Special Locks For Sliding Glass Doors: If your living room uses a sliding door that leads to a backyard, deck, or screened-in porch, you probably can see that the door lock is fairly flimsy. Install a custom lock, like a bottom bar or locks that bolt to the top and bottom of the frame.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Albuquerque

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

  • Fire Extinguisher: A fire can happen from a neglected frying pan or an errant grease splatter. Always have a fire extinguisher at the ready for any stove or oven emergencies.

  • Circuit Interrupter Box On Every Outlet: A GFCI outlet should be standard everywhere they’re by running water to ward off an electric shock. That includes the plug outlets close to your sink and kitchen counter. For 30 years, it’s been required to have one circuit interrupter outlet per dedicated circuit. But for simplicity’s sake, you’ll want to install an unchained GFCI per outlet.

  • Monitored Carbon Monoxide Detector: A carbon monoxide detector is needed in the kitchen if you use a gas stove and oven. If your gas lines malfunction, the CO detector will play a high-decibel sound and call your monitoring professional.

  • Cleaning Wipes Or Spray: The largest safety problem in the kitchen is actually bacteria and contamination that comes with uncooked meat and other foods. Always store cleaning wipes or an antibacterial spray to sanitize your counters after cooking.

  • Refrigerator Alarm: The milk, meat, and perishables in your fridge have to remain at a cold temperature to be ready to consume. If you accidently leave the fridge or freezer door ajar, then a small beep will remind you to shut it securely. Some appliances come with an alarm, older models don’t, and you’ll have to buy an external alarm from the store.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Albuquerque

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

  • Flood Sensors: A leaking sink or tub can cause an expensive amount of water damage. Discover water problems early with a flood detector and save hundreds to thousands of dollars from water damage.

  • No-slip Shower Mats: A fall in the bathroom can be a painful occurrence, causing cuts, gashed heads, or trips to the hospital. Or prevent these hazards with a no-slip bathroom mat for while you towel off.

  • Textured Bathtub Strips: Like a tiled floor, a tub basin can be a slippery area to be on. Make sure every tub has some textured stickers so your toes have a rough patch to grip.

  • Medicine Door Latch: If you have curious children or a family member with memory complications, you have to take additional precautions regarding prescribed medicine. Secure your pills and syrups by installing a medicine cabinet with a child-proof lock.

  • Circuit Interrupter Outlet: While installing better outlets in the kitchen, you will have to also use a grounded circuit interrupter outlet on each bathroom circuit. This will cut the electric current if water splashes on them or you have a harmful spike from a curling iron or hair dryer.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Child’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Albuquerque

A child’s bedroom should counterbalance safety with manageability. If their window shades or other things are safe but tricky to operate, then your child may perform risky methods -- like scale a chest of drawers -- to open them. Here are some straightforward, and safe, ideas:

  • Cordless Window Coverings: Safety agencies have designated corded window treatments a hidden danger for children and animals. Install motorized treatments that kids can easily manage with a remote. Or go state-of-the-art and link your motorized treatments to your ADT smart hub so they rise automatically at dawn, and close in the evening for an easier sleep.

  • Tableside Security Camera: An indoor security camera perched on your toddler’s desk or dresser can double as a baby monitor that you can view from a mobile device. And if they need something, they can hit the two-way talk button on the camera.

  • Outlet Plug Covers: While every outlet should have covers on them to protect your small children, this is doubly urgent in their bedroom. It’s the one place in your house where your toddler will most likely hang out alone without consistent adult supervision.

  • Window Escape Ladder: If you use bedrooms on above the first floor, then you should put in a window safety ladder. These can help a child get out of their room in case the stairway or downstairs are blocked off with fire. Remember to practice how to employ the ladder a few times a year.

  • Toy Chest Or Low Bookshelves: It’s weird to look at a toy chest as a safety component, but you’ll see the light if you’ve ever tramped on a building block in your stocking feet. A uncluttered floor gives your child a quick way out during an emergency.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Main Bedroom Safety Checklist For Albuquerque

Your master bedroom should be a refuge, so let your safety devices make you more responsive if you experience an emergency event. After all, being jerked awake by a high-decibel siren can be quite a shock.

  • Smart Hub Touchscreen: Having a touchscreen on your nightstand gives you a sense of what’s what that noise was without leaving your bed. You could always turn on your ADT smartphone app. However, the touchscreen can be better to use when you’re yawning and disoriented.

  • Device Charging Station: We rely on our smartphones for so many things now alarm clocks, news readers, social media, and sometimes even phones. But, an uncharged device will cut us off from the outside world if during an emergency. To keep it nice and ready, a charging station or cord is an essential.

  • Nightlights Or Voice Activated Smart Lights: A small light can calm you when you’re jolted awake from an alarm or other sounds. If you won’t drift off to sleep with a small nightlight, install a smart bulb in your bedroom. Then you can control light anytime with a button push or voice command.

  • Fireproof Lockbox: Store your important papers like birth certificates, stock certificates, or banking information in a fireproof safe. This can be a big one that is located out of the way or a small handheld safe that you can carry when you leave during an emergency event.

  • Temperature Sensor: The problem with a master bedroom is that they tend to run too hot or be cold since they sit far away from the thermostat. A temperature sensor can communicate to your smart thermostat so you should have a comfortable, restful sleep at the perfect climate.

Garage Safety Checklist

Garage/Basement Safety Checklist For Albuquerque

Most safety issues in the garage or basement are with your water or HVAC system. Finding issues early can stop more devastating emergencies in the future. So, as you walk around your garage or basement, check over these safety items:

  • Flood Sensor Or Sump Pump Alarm: Putting a flood sensor in back of your water heater and sump pump drain can stop you from wading into a lake when you walk into your basement or garage. It’s much better than sifting through a heap of destroyed storage boxes.

  • CO Alarm: It’s nice to hang a carbon monoxide detector in areas where a natural gas leak can occur. If you employ gas heating, you should put a detector in the same room as your unit.

  • Wireless Water Shutoff Valve: If your water detector senses a plumbing leak or a broken pipe, then you will want to cap the primary water valve at once. With a remote shutoff valve, you can stop water flow from anywhere in the world. That’s nice when you’re on vacation and get an emergency leak text on your mobile device.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage door up brings about all sorts of issues. You can lose a bunch of heat through that gaping hole, and critters or lurkers can just saunder in. A remote sensor will text you about a forgotten garage door and allow you to close it through the app.

  • Temperature Sensor: A temperature alarm in your garage or basement is handy if you worry about freezing pipes. The heat in these rooms can be surprisingly different than the main part of the house, so you may need to have a closer eye on the temperature by using the ADT mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Home Perimeter Safety Checklist for Albuquerque

Your landscaping, driveway, and front walk are just as imperative to secure as the rest of your house. Try this checklist to defend your perimeter:

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

  • Window Height Shrubbery: High foliage can create some serenity, but they also block your line of sight of the yard. Don’t offer potential intruders an area to hide. Plus, high shrubs or greenery around your home can clog gutters and summon ants and termites.

  • ADT Signs And Decals: One of the biggest deterrents for a thief is alerting aspiring intruders that you use an updated security system. An ADT sign by the front door and a window sticker will show ne'er-do-wells that they ought to keep walking to an easier score.

  • Motion Controlled Flood Light Fixtures: Light is the largest enemy to people who skulk in the unlit places. Motion-activated lighting on your deck, patio, or garage can frighten lurkers away. Flood lights also help you see the walk when you come to the house late at night.

Use Secure24 Alarm Systems To Help You With Your Home Safety Checklist for Albuquerque

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t deliver every item on your Albuquerque home safety checklist, we can bring you a state-of-the-art home security. With everything from alarms to thermostats, we can install the perfect system for your family’s needs. Just call (505) 317-6311 and talk to a professional or fill out the form below. Or personalize your own system with our Security System Designer.