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Home Safety Checklist For Lafayette

Staying safe in your home should be your number one responsibility. But are you overlooking one or two big safety items? Take this home safety checklist for Lafayette and find out where your house can use an update.

We give you some whole-home safety items, and then we break it down room-by-room. Then, call (337) 306-6995 or send in the form below to talk to a security professional.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

Basic Home Safety Checklist for Lafayette

While you may want to use a room-to-room approach to home safety, there are some things that work for the entire house approach. These devices can sync with one another through a touchscreen hub, and often can react to other components. You might also manage all your home safety components using a smartphone app, such as ADT Control:

  • Monitored Security System: All your windows and doors should use a sensor that alerts you to intrusion. After an alarm goes off, your monitoring center picks up the call and immediately contacts emergency personnel.

  • Smart Lights For Every Major Room: Sure, you can schedule your smart lights to make your house more efficient. But they can also allow you to remain safe throughout an emergency. Have your downstairs lights flash on when a sensor trips to frighten off intruders or light the way out to a outside place.

  • Smart Thermostat: Likewise, a smart thermostat in Lafayette could save you 10%-15% in energy spending. But it also can start your exhaust fan when your alarms senses a fire.

  • Monitored Smoke Detectors: At the very least, you need to have a fire detector on every level. You can increase your fire preparedness by utilizing a monitored fire alarm that looks for both heat and smoke, and pings your 24/7 monitoring team when it senses a fire.

  • Smart Door Locks: Every entryway that utilizes a deadbolt can use a smart lock. Now you may program codes to each family member and get texts to your phone when the locks are used. Your locks can even automatically turn off, letting you quickly flee the house when you have an emergency.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Living Room/Family Room Safety Checklist For Lafayette

You’ll spend most of your time in your family room, so it’s the best place to start your home safety renovation. Electronics, like a big screen or video games, typically reside in your family room, making it an alluring room for burglars. Begin with placing a motion detector or indoor security camera in your room, then take a look at some of these safety protocols:

  • Motion Sensors: By installing motion sensors, you’ll hear a loud siren anytime they sense unusual movement in your family room. You’ll want motion detectors that ignore a dog or cat or you’ll have your sirens go off every time your dog roams by for a drink of water.

  • Indoor Security Camera: An indoor security camera gives you a constant watch on your living room. View live feeds of your room so you can see what’s happening without leaving your bed. Or talk with your kids in the family room using the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Outlet Maintenance: Safeguard all your electronics and stop overtaxing your outlets with a surge protector. For additional convenience, install a smart plug with anti-surge functionality in the unit.

  • Furniture Secured 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 especially important if your living room uses carpet that can make objects extra wobbly.

  • Enhanced Locks For Glass Doors: If your living room has a glass door that opens to a backyard, deck, or outside porch, you get that the latch is fairly worthless. Put in a special lock, like a bottom bar or locks that secures the door to the bottom and top of the frame.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Lafayette

Your kitchen has room for items that should add comfort and safety to your home. Many of these items are also simple to add and can be purchased from the a retail store:

  • Fire Extinguisher: Fire can come from from a neglected frying pan or a towel that’s too close to a burner. Always store a fire extinguisher at the ready for any stove or oven mishaps.

  • GFCI Box On Each Outlet: A GFCI outlet should be used on outlets where they’re close to water to ward off electrocution. That includes the plug outlets by your kitchen counter and sink. Since the late ‘80s, it’s been code to have one GFCI per circuit. But each one of your plugs will go if one outlet senses a surge, so try to use a single GFCI per outlet.

  • Monitored CO Detector: A CO detector is advised for kitchens that have a gas oven and stove. If your gas burners leak, the CO detector will emit a loud, buzzing siren and contact your monitoring professional.

  • Clorox Wipes Or Spray: The most overlooked safety issue in the kitchen is the invisible bacteria and contamination from uncooked meat and dairy. Always have cleaning wipes or a bleach spray to sanitize your surfaces when preparing food.

  • Refrigerator/Freezer Alarm: The food items in the refrigerator need to remain at a cold temperature to stay ready to eat. If you leave the fridge or freezer door open, then a small beep will let you know so you can shut it securely. Some fridges already have an alarm, some do not, and you’ll have to buy an external alarm from online.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Lafayette

Just because there’s not a bunch of square footage in your bathroom, you will still have safety concerns. From flood detectors to anti-surge outlets, here are five safety improvements for your bathroom:

  • Flood Detectors: A leaking toilet or shower can lead to an expensive amount of damage. Deal with a leaking pipe with a flood detector and save yourself from redoing the entire bathroom.

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

  • No-slip Bathtub Stickers: Another water hazard, a tub can be a slippery surface to move in. It’s a good idea that each has some no-slip stickers so your feet have a bumpy patch to gain traction.

  • Medicine Door Lock: If you have curious toddlers or a family member with memory complications, you have to take additional attention regarding prescription medicine. Hide away your pills and syrups by installing a medicine cabinet with a latch that locks.

  • GFCI Circuits: Just like the kitchen, you need to also install a grounded GFCI outlet on every bathroom outlet. This will shut off the current if water splashes on them or they experience an unusual spike from a hair dryer or curling iron.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Children’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Lafayette

A child’s bedroom should balance safety with accessibility. If their window treatments or other things are safe but difficult to use, then your child may perform risky activities -- like scale a dresser -- to touch them. Try these simple, and safe, ideas:

  • Cord-Free Window Coverings: Safety experts have designated window treatment cords an unsuspecting danger for kids and pets. Install motorized treatments that kids can easily open and close via remote control. Or go state-of-the-art and connect your motorized coverings to your ADT smart hub so they can raise automatically at dawn, and lower at bedtime for extra privacy.

  • Tableside Security Camera: A security camera perched on your toddler’s desk can double as a high tech baby monitor that you can view from a mobile device. And when they want you, they can hit the 2-way talk button included on the camera.

  • Plug Covers: While every outlet should use protective covers on them when you have small children, this is doubly important in their bedroom. It’s the main place in your house where your child will most likely hang out alone without consistent additional supervision.

  • Window Safety Ladder: If you have bedrooms on an upper story, then you should install a window fire ladder. These will let a child leave the house when the stairs or lower levels are blocked off with fire. Remember to go over how to unfurl them one or two times a year.

  • Toy Chest Or Low Bookshelves: It’s interesting to think about a toy box as a safety item, but you’ll understand if you’ve ever stepped on a Lego in your socked feet. A clean floor gives your child a quick way out if there’s a fire or break-in.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Main Bedroom Safety Checklist For Lafayette

The bedroom should be your calm space, so let your safety components make life easier when you have an emergency. After all, being wrenched awake by a high-decibel buzzer can be disorienting.

  • Home Security Touchscreen: Having a touchscreen on your nightstand gives you a sense of what’s happening without getting out of bed. You could always log into your ADT mobile app but, the HD touchscreen can be faster to use when you’re coming out of sleep and disoriented.

  • Personal Charging Stand: We depend on our cell phones for so many things now GPS, news readers, games, and sometimes even phones. The only problem is that a depleted phone in the middle of the night cuts us off from communications if there’s a problem. To keep it nice and ready, a charging cord or station is should be used nightly.

  • 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 can’t fall asleep with a nightlight, use a smart bulb in your fixtures. Then you can get light on-demand with a push of a button or voice direction.

  • Fireproof Safe: Keep your essential documents like social security cards, stock certificates, or a bankbook in a fireproof lockbox. Your lockbox can be a large one that is located in a corner or a smaller handheld safe that you can carry on your way out during a fire or other emergency.

  • Heat Sensor: The issue with a master bedroom is that they can run too stuffy or be cold since they sit far from the thermostat. A heat sensor will communicate to your smart thermostat so you should have a comfortable, restful sleep at just the right temperature.

Garage Safety Checklist

Garage/Basement Safety Checklist For Lafayette

Most safety problems in the garage or basement are with your pipes or heating system. Finding issues before they start can stop bigger problems later on. So, as you walk around your basement or garage, check over these safety items:

  • Flood Sensor Or Sump Pump Alarm: Placing a flood alarm next to your water heater and sump pump can save you from finding a lake when you walk into your garage or basement. Do you really want to waste your weekend bailing out water?

  • Carbon Monoxide Alarm: It’s beneficial to have a carbon monoxide alarm in an area where a gas leak can occur. If you employ gas heat, try to hang a detector in the same room as your HVAC unit.

  • Wireless Water Shutoff Valve: If your water detector senses a hot water heater leak or a burst pipe, then you will have to shut off the main water pipe at once. With a wireless shutoff valve, you can stop water flow from your phone. That’s helpful when you’re out of town and see a water leak alert on your phone.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage up leads to all sorts of headaches. You can lose HVAC energy through that gaping hole, and critters or lurkers can just wander in. A sensor will text you about an open garage door and allow you to close it with your phone.

  • Heat Sensor: A heat alarm in your basement or garage is a definite if you worry about your pipes freezing. The temperature in these areas can be surprisingly different than your main rooms of the home, so you may need to keep a close look on the temperature through the ADT mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Outside Safety Checklist for Lafayette

Your front yard, driveway, and front step are just as crucial to make safe as the rest of your home. Try this checklist to create a safe outside:

  • Outdoor Security Camera: You can hang outdoor security cameras to alert you to suspicious lurkers in your back yard. These security cameras are nice in areas where you might not have a view -- like a side yard or by the driveway.

  • Low Bushes: High bushes can give you some serenity, but they also hinder you seeing into the yard. Don’t give potential burglars a place to hide. Plus, large shrubs or trees around your structure can obstruct gutters and bring in ants and termites.

  • ADT Yard Signs: One of the largest discouragements for a break-in is advertising to would-be burglars that you use an updated home security system. An ADT yard stick by the main walk and a window sticker will show ne'er-do-wells that they might want to shove off to an unprotected target.

  • Motion Controlled Outside Light Fixtures: Light is the biggest deterrent to people who sneak around in the unlit places. Motion-controlled lighting on your deck, patio, or garage can shoo possible intruders away. Lights also help you see the walk when you come to the house on those dark, winter nights.

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

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t install every item on your Lafayette home safety checklist, we can discuss a state-of-the-art home security. With easy-to-use devices and ADT monitoring, we can install the best system for your family’s needs. Just phone (337) 306-6995 to get started or fill out the form below. Or customize your own solution with our Security System Designer.

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