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Home Safety Checklist For Jackson

Being safe in your home should be your number one concern. But are you forgetting some useful safety items? Take this home safety checklist for Jackson and discover where your living space needs an update.

This guide starts with a few whole-house safety techniques, and then we whittle it down on a room level. Then, call (601) 292-9204 or send in the form below for additional information.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

Basic Home Safety Checklist for Jackson

While you will want to take a individual room method for home safety in Jackson, there are some items that work for the whole-house approach. These items can talk together through a wireless hub, and oftentimes respond to other components. You can also manage every one of your home safety devices through a mobile app, like ADT Control:

  • Monitored Security System: Each one of your entryways should use a sensor that notifies you and your family to forced entry. As the alarm triggers, your monitoring expert answers the call and immediately sends a first responder.

  • Smart Lighting For Each Room: Sure, you can set your smart lighting to become more efficient. But smart lights can also help you keep safe during an emergency. Have your lights come on when an alarm triggers to frighten off burglars or light a path to a outside location.

  • Smart Thermostat: Likewise, a smart thermostat in Jackson should save you up to 15% in energy costs. Also, it can start an exhaust fan if you have a fire.

  • Monitored Fire Detectors: It’s code that you should have a fire alarm on every floor. You can increase your fire preparedness by hanging a monitored fire alarm that looks for both smoke and heat, and notifies your round-the-clock monitoring experts when it detects a fire.

  • Smart Lock For Every Door: Every entryway that needs a deadbolt can upgrade to a smart door lock. Now you may set numbered codes to friends and family and get notifications to your phone when the locks are unlocked. Your doors can even automatically unlock, helping you to quickly leave if you have an emergency.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Family Room/Living Room Safety Checklist For Jackson

You’ll spend most of your time in the living room, so it may be the most reasonable room to begin your home safety makeover. Popular items, like a big screen or stereo system, probably are located in your family room, making it a tempting space for burglars. Begin with installing a motion detector or indoor camera by the doorway, then try the following ideas:

  • Motion Detectors: By installing motion detectors, you’ll get a loud alarm whenever they sense unusual motion in your family room. You’ll want motion sensors that filter out a dog or cat or you’ll get an alert every time your pet passes through for a midnight stroll.

  • Indoor Security Camera: An indoor security camera gives you an eye on your living room. View real-time feeds of everything so you can see what’s going on without leaving your bed. Or speak with your family when they get home from school by using the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Cord Maintenance: Protect all your electronics and stop overloading your circuits with a surge protector. For added convenience, install 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 attach your heavy furniture and entertainment center to a wall. This is especially important if your living room uses rugs or carpet that could make furniture extra unstable.

  • Special Locks For Glass Doors: If your living room uses a glass door that opens to a deck, patio, or outside porch, you already can see that the door lock is usually thin. Install an enhanced lock, like a cross bar or small locks that are located on the bottom and top of the door frame.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Jackson

Your kitchen has many items that can provide safety to your house. Most of these objects are also easy to add and should be bought from the Target or Walmart:

  • Fire Extinguisher: Fire can spring up from an overfilled skillet or a towel that’s too close to a burner. Always keep a fire extinguisher in close reach for any kitchen mishaps.

  • GFCI Box On Every Outlet: A circuit interrupter outlet should be standard on outlets where they’re close to water to prevent electrocution. That means the outlets around your sink and kitchen counter. Since the late ‘80s, it’s been required to have one circuit interrupter outlet per dedicated circuit. But if you don’t want all your outlets to turn off when one outlet flips, you’ll want to use an unchained GFCI per outlet.

  • Monitored Carbon Monoxide Detector: A carbon monoxide detector is advised for the kitchen if you employ a gas oven and stove. If your gas lines spring a leak, the carbon monoxide detector will emit a loud, buzzing siren and call your monitoring professional.

  • Clorox Wipes Or Spray: The biggest safety hazard in the kitchen is the invisible bacteria and contamination that comes with raw meat and dairy. Always store cleaning wipes or an antibacterial spray to scrub off your surfaces after cooking.

  • Freezer and Refrigerator Alarm: The items in the fridge need to remain at a constant temperature to stay ready to use. If you accidently leave the refrigerator door open, then an alarm beep will remind you to shut it securely. Some appliances come with a pre-installed alarm, others do not, and you’ll have to pick up a fridge alarm from the hardware store.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Jackson

Just because you may not have a bunch of room in your bathroom doesn’t mean that there aren’t safety issues. From flood prevention to electric safety, here are some safety ideas for your bathroom:

  • Flood Detectors: A leaking toilet or shower can cause extensive water damage. Find water problems early with a flood detector before they generate hundreds to thousands of dollars in renovations.

  • Textured Shower Mats: A slip and fall in the bathroom can be devastating, causing pulled muscles, gashed heads, or trips to the hospital. You can steer clear from these issues with a textured bath mat for your wet feet.

  • Non-slip Bathtub Stickers: Like a tiled floor, a tub can be a slippery surface to move in. Make sure every bathtub has some no-slip stickers so your toes have a bumpy patch to grip.

  • Medicine Door Lock: If you have young children or a family member with memory difficulties, you should take extra care regarding medicine. Secure your prescriptions by installing a medicine cabinet with a child-proof lock.

  • GFCI Circuits: Just like the kitchen, you will have to also install a safer circuit interrupter outlet on each bathroom circuit. This will shut off the current if water enters the outlet or you have a sudden spike from a curling iron or hair dryer.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Children’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Jackson

Your child’s bedroom should balance safety with simplicity. If their window shades or other items are safe but difficult to operate, then your kids may get around the device with risky methods -- like scale a bookshelf -- to use them. Try these easy, and safe, ideas:

  • No Cord Window Coverings: Safety agencies have identified corded window treatments a secret danger for kids and pets. Install motorized blinds or shades that your child can easily manage with a remote control. Or go state-of-the-art and link your shades to your ADT security system so they rise automatically when it’s time to get up, and close in the evening for extra privacy.

  • Indoor Security Camera: An indoor security camera placed on your child’s dresser can double as a baby monitor that you can watch from a smartphone. And if they want your help, they can hit the 2-way talk button included on the camera.

  • Plug Covers: While every outlet should have protective covers on them for your little children, this is especially important in their bedroom. It’s the one place in your home where your children will most likely play by themselves without adult supervision.

  • Window Safety Ladder: If you have bedrooms on an upper story, then you need to install a window fire ladder. These can let a young one escape even if the stairway or ground floor are on fire. Make sure to rehearse how to unfurl them a few times a year.

  • Toy Box Or Low Bookshelves: It’s weird to think about a toy box as a safety component, but you’ll get it if you’ve ever stepped on a Lego in your stocking feet. A clutter-free floor means a quick retreat during an emergency.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Main Bedroom Safety Checklist For Jackson

The master bedroom should be a refuge, so let your safety components give you peace of mind when there's an emergency. After all, being startled awake by a wailing alarm can be confusing.

  • Home Security Touchscreen: Having a smart hub on your bedside table lets you see what’s what that noise was without getting out of bed. You could alternatively use your ADT smartphone app. However, the HD touchscreen can be faster to use when you’re yawning and confused.

  • Device Charging Station: We use our smartphones for so much now GPS, news readers, games, and maybe even phones. But, a depleted phone can cut us off from communications if during an emergency. To make sure your phone always works, a an easy-to-use charging station becomes should be used nightly.

  • Nightlights Or Voice Activated Smart Lights: A small light can calm you when you’re bolted awake from an alarm or unexpected noises. If you have trouble falling asleep with a nightlight, use a smart bulb in your bedroom and hall. Then you can have light on-demand with a button push or voice direction.

  • Fireproof Safe: Stash your vital documents like insurance cards, stock certificates, or a spare checkbook in a fireproof safe. Your safe can be a big one that is located in a corner or a smaller handheld safe that you can grab as you escape during a fire or other emergency.

  • Temperature Sensor: The drawback with bedrooms is that they can feel too stuffy or be frigid since they sit far away from the thermostat. A heat sensor can communicate to your smart thermostat so you will have a comfortable, restful sleep at a wonderful climate.

Garage Safety Checklist

Basement/Garage Safety Checklist For Jackson

Most safety needs in the basement or garage have to do with your water or HVAC system. Finding hazards before they start can stop larger disasters later on. So, as you look around your storage areas, check over these crucial items:

  • Flood Sensor Or Sump Pump Alarm: Installing a flood sensor by your water heater and sump pump can save you from wading into a mess when you go into your garage or basement. It’s sure better than sorting through a heap of soiled storage boxes.

  • Carbon Monoxide Detector: It’s beneficial to install a CO detector in areas where a gas leak can spring up. If you have a gas furnace, try to hang a detector in the same area as your unit.

  • Wireless Water Shutoff Valve: If your flood sensor senses a hot water leak or a burst pipe, then you will have to cap the primary water line quickly. With a wireless shutoff valve, you can block water flow from anywhere in the world. That’s perfect when you’re visiting relatives and receive an emergency leak text on your phone.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage door open brings about all types of problems. You can lose a bunch of heat through that large opening, and rodents or thieves can just walk in. A sensor will alert you to an open garage door and allow you to close it with your phone.

  • Heat Sensor: A temperature sensor in your garage or basement is handy if you fret about your pipes freezing. The temperature in these areas can be surprisingly different than your main rooms of the house, so you may want to have a close look on the temp through the ADT mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Outside Perimeter Safety Checklist for Jackson

Your landscaping, drive, and front porch are just as crucial to make safe as the rest of your home. Use this checklist to defend your perimeter:

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

  • Window Height Shrubs: High foliage can create some solitude, but they also block you seeing into the outside. Don’t give potential thieves an area to hide. Plus, large bushes or trees against your house can jam up gutters and summon ants and termites.

  • ADT Signs And Decals: One of the biggest deterrents for home intrusion is advertising to aspiring intruders that you use a state-of-the-art security system. An ADT sign by the stoop and a window decal will tell lurkers that they ought to move on to an less prepared score.

  • Motion Activated Porch Lighting: Light is the greatest obstacle to those who sneak around in the unlit places. Motion-controlled flood lights on your deck, patio, or garage can help scare possible intruders away. They also help you get inside when you arrive to the house late after work.

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

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t help you with each household item on your Jackson home safety checklist, we can bring you a state-of-the-art home security. With easy-to-use devices and ADT monitoring, we can personalize the perfect system for your house’s needs. Just call (601) 292-9204 and talk to a professional or send in the form below. Or customize your own ADT system with our Security System Designer.