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Home Safety Checklist For Baton Rouge

Being safe and secure in your residence should be your topmost responsibility. But are you missing some big safety items? Take this home safety checklist for Baton Rouge and see where your house needs some work.

We give you five whole-home safety items, and then we delve down on a room level. Then, phone (225) 230-5215 or complete the form below to get your home set up.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

General Home Safety Checklist for Baton Rouge

While you should use a individual room approach to home safety, there are some items that work for multiple rooms. These devices can talk with one another through a smart hub, and can even react to other components. You can also manage all your home safety equipment with a mobile security app, such as ADT Control:

  • Monitored Security System: All your entryways should have a sensor that notifies you and your family to forced entry. As the alarm goes off, your monitoring agent picks up the alert and quickly calls emergency personnel.

  • Smart Lighting For Most Rooms: Sure, you can set your smart lighting to make your house more eco-conscience. But smart lights can also help you stay safe in an emergency. Make your lights flip on when an alarm goes off to frighten off burglars or light the way out to a secure location.

  • Smart Thermostat: Like your smart lights, a smart thermostat in Baton Rouge could save you 10%-15% in energy spending. It also can flip on the exhaust fan during a fire.

  • Monitored Fire Detectors: At the very least, you have a smoke detector on each floor. You can increase your fire readiness by utilizing a monitored fire alarm that looks for unusual smoke and heat, and notifies your round-the-clock monitoring team when it senses a fire.

  • Smart Locks: Every doorway that utilizes a deadbolt can use a smart lock. Now you can program numbered codes to family and friends and receive notifications to your phone when your locks are used. Your doors can even automatically unlock, allowing you to quickly get out if you have an emergency.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Living Room/Family Room Safety Checklist For Baton Rouge

You’ll spend most of your time in your family room, so it’s the perfect room to start making your house a safer place. Electronics, like a TV or video game console, usually reside in your living room, making it a popular space for thieves. Start with hanging a motion sensor or indoor security camera in there, then take a look at all these safety protocols:

  • Motion Sensors: By installing motion detectors, you’ll hear a shrieking noise whenever they sense unusual movement in your living room. You’ll want motion detectors that aren’t set off by pet movements or you’ll get your sirens go off every time your pet comes in for a bite of food.

  • Indoor Camera: An indoor security camera gives you a constant watch on your family room. Watch real-time feeds of the area so you can see what’s going on through the mobile app. Or speak with family members in the room with the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Cord Maintenance: Safeguard those electronics and quit overloading your electric system with a surge protector. For added energy-efficiency, use a smart plug with anti-surge functionality built-in.

  • Entertainment Center Attached To The Wall: If you have any small children, you’ll want to bolt your bookshelves and entertainment center to your wall. This is especially crucial if your family room has carpeting that can make heavy objects extra unstable.

  • Enhanced Locks For Sliding Doors: If your family room uses a sliding door that opens to a backyard, deck, or screened-in porch, you probably know that the door lock is pretty flimsy. Use a special lock, like a bottom bar or locks that bolt to the bottom and top of the opening.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Baton Rouge

Your kitchen has plenty of items that should provide safety to your home. Most of these items should be a snap to add and can be found in the a retail store:

  • Fire Extinguisher: Fire can come from from a neglected skillet or an errant grease splatter. Always have a fire extinguisher at hand for any cooking emergencies.

  • Circuit Interrupter Box On Every Outlet: A circuit interrupter outlet should be installed on outlets where there’s nearby running water to ward off an electric shock. That includes the plug outlets close to your kitchen counter and sink. Since the late ‘80s, it’s been required to have one circuit interrupter outlet per dedicated circuit. But if you don’t want your whole kitchen to turn off when one outlet surges, try to have an unchained GFCI per outlet.

  • Monitored Carbon Monoxide Detector: A carbon monoxide detector is advised for spaces that employ gas for the stove and oven. If your gas burners spring a leak, the carbon monoxide detector will emit a loud, buzzing sound and ping your monitoring professional.

  • Cleaning Wipes Or Spray: The largest safety issue in the kitchen is the viruses, bacteria, and contamination from blood from meat and dairy. Always store disinfectant wipes or a bleach spray to clean your area when cooking.

  • Refrigerator/Freezer Alarm: The items in your fridge have to remain at a cold temperature to be safe to eat. If you leave the fridge or freezer door open, then a small beep will let you know so you can check the seal. Some fridges already have an alarm, others won’t, and you’ll have to get a fridge alarm from the store.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Baton Rouge

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

  • Flood Sensors: A leaking sink or bathtub can create extensive water damage. Deal with a water problem with a flood detector before they generate hundreds to thousands of dollars in ruined floors, walls, and fixtures.

  • No-slip Bathroom Mats: A slip in the bathroom can be painful, causing pulled muscles, sore joints, or broken bones. Make sure you steer clear from these problems with a non-slip bath mat for while you towel off.

  • No-slip Bathtub Stickers: Likewise, a bathtub can be a slick area to stand in. It’s a good idea that each bathtub has some textured stickers so your feet and toes have a textured patch for stability.

  • Medicine Door Latch: If you have young toddlers or anyone with memory difficulties, you have to take extra precautions regarding prescription medicine. Secure your bottles by installing a medicine cabinet with a latch that locks.

  • GFCI Circuits: Similarly to the kitchen, you need to also use a grounded circuit interrupter outlet on every bathroom receptacle. These will stop the flow of the electric current if water enters the outlet or they experience a sudden surge from a hair dryer or curling iron.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Children’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Baton Rouge

A child’s bedroom should counterbalance safety with accessibility. If their window treatments or other items are safe but hard to manage, then your children may get around the device with dangerous methods -- like shimmying up a chest of drawers -- to open them. Here are some straightforward, yet safe, ideas:

  • No Cord Window Treatments: Safety agencies have designated cords from shades and blinds a secret problem for both children and pets. Use motorized shades that kids can easily control through a remote control. Or even better, link your motorized coverings to your ADT smart hub so they rise automatically when the sun comes up, and close in the evening for added darkness.

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

  • Outlet Plug Covers: While each outlet should use outlet safety caps on them for your young children, this is especially urgent in their bedroom. It’s the one room in your home where your children will most likely play by themselves without constant additional supervision.

  • Window Safety Ladder: If you have bedrooms on above the first floor, then you will want to have a window escape ladder. These can let a child leave the house in case the hallway or ground floor are blocked off with fire. Remember to go over how to use the ladder at least twice a year.

  • Toy Box Or Low Shelves: It’s weird to look at a toy chest as a safety item, but you’ll get it if you’ve ever stepped on a Lego in your bare feet. A clutter-free floor gives your child a quick way out during a safety or security event.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist For Baton Rouge

The bedroom should be an oasis, so let your safety items make you more responsive when you have an emergency event. After all, being wrenched awake by a loud siren can be quite a shock.

  • Smart Hub Touchscreen: Having a touchscreen on your nightstand helps you know what’s happening without getting out of bed. You could alternatively turn on your ADT mobile app but, the HD touchscreen can be easier to control to use when you’re bleary-eyed and disoriented.

  • Device Charging Area: We rely on our phones for so many things now GPS, news readers, time wasters, and --legend has it-- even phones. But, a depleted device will cut us off from communications if there’s a problem. To make sure your phone always works, a an easy-to-use charging station becomes an important part of your nightstand.

  • Nightlight/Smart Lights: A plug-in light can calm you when you’re startled awake from a fire alarm or unexpected noises. If you won’t drift off to sleep with a small nightlight, install smart bulbs in your fixtures. Then you can have light on-demand with a button push or vocal command.

  • Fireproof Safe: Store your vital papers like birth certificates, medical information, or banking information in a fireproof lockbox. Your safe can be a large one that is located out of the way or a slender portable safe that you can snatch when you leave during a fire or break-in.

  • Temperature Sensor: The issue with most bedrooms is that they can be too warm or be frigid since they are across the house from the thermostat. A heat sensor can talk to your smart thermostat so you will have a nice, peaceful sleep at a wonderful climate.

Garage Safety Checklist

Basement/Garage Safety Checklist For Baton Rouge

Most safety problems in the garage or basement are with your water or furnace. Finding issues at the source can stop bigger problems later on. So, as you walk around your basement or garage, pay attention to these critical items:

  • Water Detector Or Sump Pump Alarm: Placing a flood alarm next to your water heater and sump pump drain can prevent you from wading into a pond when you go into your basement or garage. Do you really want to lose your night bailing out water?

  • Carbon Monoxide Alarm: It’s smart to have a carbon monoxide alarm in a place where a CO leak can spring up. If you use gas heating, try to put a detector in the same place as your inbound pipes.

  • Wireless Water Shutoff Valve: If your water detector finds a hot water leak or a busted pipe, then you need to shut off the primary water line quickly. With a wireless shutoff valve, you can turn off your water flow from your phone. That’s helpful when you’re visiting relatives and get a water leak notification on your smartphone.

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

  • Heat Sensor: A temperature sensor in your basement or garage is handy if you wonder about your pipes freezing. The heat in these areas can be drastically different than the rest of the home, so you will need to keep a constant look on the temperature through your security mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Outside Safety Checklist for Baton Rouge

Your front yard, drive, and front porch are just as important to defend as the inside of your home. Try the items on this checklist to create a safe outside:

  • Outdoor Security Camera: You can place outdoor security cameras to guard against suspicious movement in your back yard. These cameras are especially useful in areas where you may not have a window -- like around a cellar or by the garage door.

  • Window Height Shrubbery: High foliage can give you some serenity, but they also block your view of the yard and curb. Don’t offer potential thieves an area to hide. Plus, tall bushes, shrubs or greenery around your structure can clog gutters and bring in pests.

  • ADT Signage: One of the most popular deterrents for a thief is telling aspiring burglars that you use a state-of-the-art security system. An ADT yard stick by the stoop and a window sticker will tell ne'er-do-wells that they ought to keep walking to an less prepared score.

  • Motion Activated Outside Lighting: Light is the best enemy to people who sneak around in the dark. Motion-activated flood lights on your porch, garage, or deck can shoo possible intruders away. Lights also help you see the walk when you get home late after work.

Call Secure24 Alarm Systems To Help You With Your Home Safety Checklist for Baton Rouge

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t deliver each household item on your Baton Rouge home safety checklist, we can bring you a state-of-the-art security system. With easy-to-use devices and ADT monitoring, we can install the perfect system for your family’s needs. Just call (225) 230-5215 to get started or complete the form below. Or customize your own system with our Security System Designer.

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