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Home Safety Checklist For Long Beach

Being safe in your residence should be your topmost priority. But are you forgetting one or two useful safety items? Use this home safety checklist for Long Beach and see where your home requires an update.

This guide starts with some whole-home safety techniques, and then we delve down to specific room ideas. Then, phone (562) 203-6338 or fill out the form below to get your house safe and secure.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

Basic Home Safety Checklist for Long Beach

While you will want to take a room-by-room approach to home safety in Long Beach, there are a few things that are useful for each part of your house. These components can talk to each other through a touchscreen hub, and often can work off other things. You might also manage every one of your home safety devices through a mobile security app, such as ADT Control:

  • Monitored Home Security System: All your entryways should use a sensor that notifies you to forced entry. As the alarm triggers, your monitoring team picks up the call and immediately sends emergency personnel.

  • Smart Bulbs For Every Major Room: Of course, you can set your smart bulbs to make your house more eco-conscience. But smart lights can also help you stay safe throughout an emergency. Make your lights flip on when a security alarm goes off to shoo off burglars or light your way to a outside place.

  • Smart Thermostat: Likewise, a smart thermostat in Long Beach should save you up to 15% in utility spending. It also can flip on an exhaust fan during a fire.

  • Monitored Smoke Detectors: It’s code that you will have a smoke detector on each level of your house. You can increase your fire preparedness by installing a monitored fire detector that detects both smoke and heat, and notifies your 24-hour monitoring agents when it detects a fire.

  • Smart Door Locks: Every door that uses a deadbolt can upgrade to a smart lock. Now you can preset numbered codes to family and friends and get texts to your mobile device when the locks are used. Your doors can even automatically turn off, letting you quickly get out if you have a fire or other emergency.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Family Room/Living Room Safety Checklist For Long Beach

You’ll spend a lot of time in your living room, so it can be the most reasonable place to begin your home safety renovation. Electronics, like a TV or video game console, usually reside in your family room, making it an alluring area for burglars. Begin with placing a motion sensor or security camera by the doorway, then try all these suggestions:

  • Motion Detectors: By installing motion sensors, you’ll get a high-decibel alarm anytime they sense unusual movement in your family room. Look for motion detectors that aren’t set off by pet movements or you’ll see a tripped alarm each time your dog roams by for a drink of water.

  • Indoor Camera: An indoor security camera gives you a constant watch on your family room. View live feeds of your room so you can find out what’s downstairs through the mobile app. Or speak with your kids when they get back from playing by using the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Cord Maintenance: Safeguard all your electronics and stop overburdening your circuits with a surge protector. For added comfort, set up a smart plug with a surge protector built-in.

  • Furniture Bolted To The Wall: If you have curious kids, you’ll need to secure your entertainment center or other heavy furniture to a wall. This is extra crucial if your living room uses rugs or carpet that might make heavy objects extra wobbly.

  • Enhanced Locks For Sliding Glass Doors: If your family room has a glass door that slides out to a patio, deck, or porch, you already know that the latch is usually thin. Use a custom lock, like a bottom bar or locks that bolt to the bottom and top of the door frame.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Long Beach

The kitchen has plenty of items that should bring safety to your home. Many of these objects are also easy to add and can be purchased from the a retail store:

  • Fire Extinguisher: A fire can spring up from an overfilled pot or a towel that’s too close to a burner. Always store a fire extinguisher at hand for any kitchen mishaps.

  • GFCI Box On Every Outlet: A GFCI outlet should be standard on outlets where they’re by running water to prevent a deadly shock. That means the plugs close to your kitchen counter and sink. Since the late ‘80s, it’s been standard to have one GFCI per circuit. But each one of your plugs will go if one outlet senses a surge, so you’ll want to have an unchained GFCI for every outlet.

  • Monitored CO Detector: A carbon monoxide detector is needed in spaces that employ a gas stove and oven. If your gas burners leak, the carbon monoxide detector will emit a loud, buzzing noise and call your monitoring agent.

  • Clorox Wipes Or Spray: The most overlooked safety issue in the kitchen is actually bacteria and protein from uncooked meat and other foods. Always keep antiviral wipes or spray to scrub off your surfaces after preparing food.

  • Freezer and Refrigerator Alarm: The food items in the fridge have to stay at a chilly temperature to stay safe to use. If you leave the fridge or freezer door open, then a constant beep will let you know so you can shut it securely. Some appliances already have this installed, older models do not, and you’ll have to buy a refrigerator alarm from online.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Long Beach

Just because you may not have a lot of square footage in your bathroom there’s still safety concerns. From flood detectors to medicine care, here are a few safety ideas for your bathroom:

  • Flood Detectors: A leaking sink or bathtub can create extensive destruction. Discover pooling water early with a flood detector and save yourself from reflooring the entire bathroom.

  • Textured Shower Mats: A slip and fall in the bathroom can be a painful occurrence, causing cuts, bruises, or broken bones. You can steer clear from these hazards with a no-slip bathroom mat for your wet feet.

  • Non-slip Bathtub Strips: Like a tiled floor, a bathtub can be a slippery place to move in. It’s a good idea that each has some no-slip stickies so your feet have a bumpy patch to gain traction.

  • Medicine Door Latch: If you have curious kids or a family member with memory difficulties, you need to take extra attention regarding prescription medicine. Secure your prescriptions by using a medicine cabinet with a child-proof lock.

  • Circuit Interrupter Outlet: Similarly to the kitchen, you should also use a grounded GFCI outlet on each bathroom outlet. This will shut off the electric current if they ever get wet or they experience a harmful jolt from an electric razor or hair dryer.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Children’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Long Beach

Your kid’s bedroom should counterbalance safety with accessibility. If their window treatments or other items are safe but tricky to operate, then your child may perform unsafe methods -- like scale a chest of drawers -- to open them. Here are some easy, and safe, ideas:

  • No Cord Window Treatments: Safety professionals have identified window treatment cords an unsuspecting problem for kids and pets. Use motorized treatments that you can easily control via remote. Or go state-of-the-art and link your shades to your ADT smart hub so they rise automatically when it’s time to get up, and lower in the evening for added darkness.

  • Indoor Security Camera: A camera perched on your child’s dresser can double as a high tech baby monitor that you can watch from a mobile device. And when they need your help, they can hit the 2-way talk feature included on the camera.

  • Outlet Covers: While every outlet should use protective covers on them for your young children, this is doubly urgent in a child’s bedroom. It’s the one place in your house where your child will most likely play alone without parental supervision.

  • Window Fire Ladder: If you have bedrooms on an upper level, then you need to install a window fire ladder. These will let your children get out of their room when the stairs or ground floor are blocked off with fire. Remember to go over how to use the ladder one or two times a year.

  • Toy Box Or Low Shelves: It’s strange to think about a toy chest as a safety device, but you’ll see the light if you’ve ever walked on a Lego in your socked feet. A uncluttered floor let your child have a quick way out when there’s an emergency.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist For Long Beach

The bedroom should be your calm space, so let your safety devices make life easier when you experience an emergency. After all, being wrenched awake by a loud siren can be confusing.

  • Security System Touchscreen: Having a smart hub on your nightstand lets you see what’s what that noise was without leaving your bed. You could also log into your ADT smartphone app but, the HD touchscreen may be easier to control to use when you’re bleary-eyed and disoriented.

  • Phone Charging Station: We rely on our smartphones for so much now GPS, internet searches, social media, and sometimes even phones. However, an uncharged phone will cut us off from communications if during an emergency. So, a charging cord or station is an important part of your nightstand.

  • Nightlights Or Voice Activated Smart Lights: A tiny light can calm you when you’re startled awake from a fire alarm or other sounds. If you won’t drift off to sleep with a small nightlight, use a smart bulb in your bedroom. Then you can get light simply with a push of a button or voice direction.

  • Fireproof Safe: Keep your important documents like social security cards, medical information, or a spare checkbook in a fireproof lockbox. Your lockbox can be a big one that camps out out of the way or a slender handheld safe that you can grab when you leave during a fire or break-in.

  • Temperature Sensor: The issue with bedrooms is that they might run too stuffy or be chilly since they sit far away from the thermostat. A temperature sensor can talk to your smart thermostat so you should have a nice, restful sleep at just the right temperature.

Garage Safety Checklist

Basement/Garage Safety Checklist For Long Beach

Most safety needs in the basement or garage are with your water or furnace. Seeing hazards at the source can stave away bigger emergencies later on. So, as you look around your basement or garage, take note of these critical items:

  • Water Sensor Or Sump Pump Alarm: Putting a flood alarm next to your water heater or sump pump can save you from wading into a mess when you walk into your garage or basement. It’s sure better than sorting through a heap of destroyed storage boxes.

  • CO Alarm: It’s nice to hang a carbon monoxide alarm in a place where a natural gas leak can occur. If you use gas heating, try to put a detector in the same area as your inbound pipes.

  • Wireless Water Shutoff Valve: If your water alarm detects a plumbing leak or a burst pipe, then you will want to cap the primary water line at once. With a WiFi shutoff valve, you can block water flow from anywhere in the world. That’s nice when you’re out of town and get a flood sensor text on your mobile device.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage open causes all sorts of headaches. You can lose a bunch of HVAC energy through that gaping hole, and rodents or lurkers can just saunder in. A remote sensor will notify you about a neglected garage door and allow you to close it through the app.

  • Heat Sensor: A temperature alarm in your basement or garage is essential if you fret about frozen pipes. The temperature in these rooms can be drastically different than your main rooms of the house, so you will need to have a close look on the temp with your security mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Outside Perimeter Safety Checklist for Long Beach

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

  • Outdoor Security Camera: You can install outdoor security cameras to alert you to late night lurkers in your back yard. These cameras come in handy in places where you might not have a view -- like a side yard or by the garage.

  • Window Height Shrubs: High foliage can offer some serenity, but they also obscure your view of the yard. Don’t provide potential thieves a place to hide. Plus, large shrubs or trees against your home can clog gutters and bring in bugs.

  • ADT Signage: One of the biggest deterrents for a break-in is alerting would-be intruders that you have an updated ADT security system. An ADT sign by the front door and a window sticker will show lurkers that they might want to keep walking to an less prepared target.

  • Motion Triggered Porch Light Fixtures: Light is the largest deterrent to people who skulk in the dark. Motion-controlled lights on your deck, patio, or garage can help scare lurkers away. Flood lights also help you get inside when you come home on those dark, winter nights.

Call Secure24 Alarm Systems To Help You With Your Home Safety Checklist for Long Beach

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t deliver every item on your Long Beach home safety checklist, we can install a powerful security system. With everything from alarms to thermostats, we can customize the best system for your family’s needs. Just phone (562) 203-6338 to get started or complete the form below. Or personalize your own ADT system with our Security System Designer.