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Home Safety Checklist For Ogden

Being safe and secure in your home should be your largest priority. But are you overlooking one or two big safety components? Take this home safety checklist for Ogden and see where your living space can use an update.

This guide starts with five whole-house safety ideas, and then we whittle it down to specific room ideas. Then, you can call (801) 903-1699 or send in the form below for additional information.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

General Home Safety Checklist for Ogden

While you may want to use a room-by-room process for home safety, there are a few methods that work for a lot of your rooms. These components can talk to each other through a wireless hub, and often can react to other things. You might also control all your home safety devices using a mobile app, like ADT Control:

  • Monitored Home Security System: Each one of your entryways should use a sensor that notifies you to intrusion. When your alarm trips, your monitoring expert answers the call and immediately sends the police or fire department.

  • Smart Lighting For Most Rooms: Of course, you can program your smart bulbs so your home is more energy-efficient. But they can also allow you to stay safe during an emergency. Have your lights flash on when a sensor triggers to shoo off intruders or light the way out to a secure area.

  • Smart Thermostat: Like your smart lights, a smart thermostat in Ogden can save you up to 15% in utility costs. It also can turn on your exhaust fan during a fire.

  • Monitored Fire Alarms: At the very least, you have a fire alarm on each level of your house. You can increase your fire preparedness by installing a monitored fire detector that detects unusual heat and smoke, and pings your 24-hour monitoring team when it detects a fire.

  • Smart Door Locks: Every door that utilizes a keyed lock can use a smart door lock. Now you may assign key codes to friends and family and get alerts to your mobile device when your locks are used. Your locks can even automatically open, allowing you to quickly get out during a fire or dangerous situation.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Family Room Safety Checklist For Ogden

You’ll spend most of your time in the family room, so it can be the perfect room to kick off your home safety optimization. Popular items, like a big screen or video games, usually are located in your living room, making it an alluring area for thieves. Start with installing a motion sensor or indoor camera by the doorway, then try some of these suggestions:

  • Motion Sensors: By putting in motion detectors, you’ll hear a loud alarm whenever they detect unexpected motion in your living room. Look for motion sensors that aren’t set off by a dog or cat or you’ll see an alert every time your dog passes through for a drink of water.

  • Indoor Camera: An indoor security camera puts a visual on your living room. View real-time feeds of the area so you can know what’s downstairs from the mobile app. Or chat with family members in the room by using the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Outlet Maintenance: Safeguard expensive electronics and stop overloading your circuits with a surge protector. For additional energy-efficiency, install a smart plug with surge protection in the unit.

  • Heavy Furniture Bolted To The Wall: If you have curious kids, you’ll need to attach your bookshelves and entertainment center to the wall. This is especially important if your living room has carpeting that could make objects extra unstable.

  • Special Locks For Sliding Glass Doors: If your living room uses a sliding door that opens to a patio, deck, or outside porch, you probably get that the latch is fairly thin. Install a special lock, like a metal bar or small locks that secures the door to the top and bottom of the opening.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Ogden

The kitchen has many items that should add safety and security to your home. Most of these objects are also easy to add and can be bought from the grocery store:

  • Fire Extinguisher: A fire can happen from a neglected frying pan or a faulty burner. Always keep a fire extinguisher in close reach for any kitchen mishaps.

  • Circuit Interrupter Box On Every Outlet: A GFCI outlet should be standard anywhere there’s nearby running water to prevent a deadly shock. That includes the plug outlets by your kitchen counter and sink. Since the late ‘80s, it’s been code to have one circuit interrupter outlet per dedicated circuit. But if you don’t want all your outlets to turn off when one outlet trips, try to install a separate GFCI for every outlet.

  • Monitored Carbon Monoxide Detector: A CO detector is advised for kitchens that use natural gas for the oven and range. If your gas burners spring a leak, the carbon monoxide detector will play a loud noise and call your monitoring agent.

  • Cleaning Wipes Or Spray: The biggest safety hazard in the kitchen is the invisible bacteria and cross-contamination that comes with uncooked meat and vegetables. Always have antiviral wipes or spray to clean your counters before and after making a meal.

  • Refrigerator Alarm: The milk, meat, and perishables in your fridge have to remain at a chilly temperature to be safe to consume. If you accidently leave the refrigerator door ajar, then an alarm beep will tell you to shut it securely. Some appliances already have this installed, older models do not, and you’ll have to pick up a fridge alarm from online.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Ogden

Just because there’s not a bunch of space in your bathroom, you will still have safety issues. From flood detectors to anti-surge outlets, here are a few safety tips for your bathroom:

  • Flood Sensors: A leaking toilet or tub can lead to a whole lot of destruction. Get alerted early about water problems with a flood detector and save yourself from redoing the whole bathroom.

  • Non-slip Bath Mats: A fall in the bathroom can be painful, causing cuts, sore joints, or trips to the hospital. Or prevent these problems with a no-slip bathroom mat for after your bath or shower.

  • No-slip Bathtub Stickies: Likewise, a bathtub can be a slippery surface to move in. It’s a good idea that each tub has some non-slip stickies so your feet and toes have a textured patch to gain traction.

  • Medicine Door Latch: If you have little kids or someone with memory complications, you need to take additional attention regarding prescription medicine. Hide away your pills and syrups by using a medicine cabinet with a latch that locks.

  • GFCI Circuits: Similarly to the kitchen, you need to also use a surge protecting GFCI outlet on each bathroom circuit. This will cut the electric current if they ever get wet or you have a sudden spike from an electric razor or hair dryer.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Kid’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Ogden

Your kid’s bedroom should balance safety with accessibility. If their window shades or other things are safe but hard to manage, then your kids may perform risky activities -- like scale a bookshelf -- to touch them. Here are some straightforward, yet safe, ideas:

  • Cordless Window Treatments: Safety experts have identified cords from shades and blinds a hidden hazard for both children and pets. Put in motorized treatments that your child can easily open and close via remote. Or better yet, connect your shades to your ADT security system so they rise on a schedule when the sun comes up, and close in the evening for extra privacy.

  • Indoor Security Camera: A security camera perched on your child’s desk or dresser can double as a baby monitor that you can watch from a mobile device. And when they want something, they can push the two-way talk button on the camera.

  • Outlet Covers: While each outlet should have covers on them for your little children, this is doubly needed in a child’s bedroom. It’s the one place in your home where your child will most likely be alone without parental supervision.

  • Window Fire Ladder: If you use bedrooms on the second story, then you should have a window escape ladder. These can let a young one escape in case the hallway or lower levels are on fire. Make sure to rehearse how to employ the ladder one or two times a year.

  • Toy Box Or Low Shelves: It’s strange to look at a toy box as a safety component, but you’ll see the light if you’ve ever stepped on a building block in your bare feet. A clutter-free floor let your child have a quick retreat during an emergency.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Main Bedroom Safety Checklist For Ogden

The master bedroom should be an oasis, so let your safety devices give you peace of mind when you have an emergency. After all, being startled awake by a loud siren can be disorienting.

  • Home Security Touchscreen: Having a touchscreen on your dresser lets you see what’s happening without getting out of bed. You could always turn on your ADT smartphone app but, the large touchscreen can be easier to manage to use when you’re coming out of sleep and disoriented.

  • Personal Charging Stand: We depend on our phones for so much now alarm clocks, web browsers, time wasters, and --legend has it-- even phones. However, a dead cell in the middle of the night cuts us off from reaching help if there’s a problem. So, a charging cord or station becomes should be used nightly.

  • Nightlight/Smart Lights: A tiny light helps ground you when you’re jolted awake from a siren or other sounds. If you can’t fall asleep with a nightlight, install smart bulbs in your bedroom and hall. Then you can control light anytime with a push of a button or voice command.

  • Fireproof Lockbox: Stash your important documents like insurance cards, passports, or a bankbook in a fireproof lockbox. Your safe can be a bigger one that sits in your closet or a small handheld safe that you can grab as you escape during an emergency event.

  • Heat Sensor: The drawback with a master bedroom is that they can run too hot or be cold since they are across the house from the thermostat. A heat sensor will communicate to your smart thermostat so you can have a pleasant, peaceful sleep at just the right climate.

Garage Safety Checklist

Garage/Basement Safety Checklist For Ogden

Most safety needs in the garage or basement deal with your pipes or heating system. Seeing problems before they start can stop larger disasters later on. So, as you look around your basement or garage, check over these crucial items:

  • Flood Sensor Or Sump Pump Alarm: Putting a flood sensor next to your water heater or sump pump drain can prevent you from finding a pond when you walk into your basement or garage. Do you really want to lose your weekend bailing out water?

  • Carbon Monoxide Alarm: It’s smart to install a CO alarm in areas where a natural gas leak can occur. If you employ gas heating, you should install a detector in the same area as your HVAC unit.

  • Wireless Water Shutoff Valve: If your flood detector finds a plumbing leak or a broken pipe, then you will want to cut off the main water valve immediately. With a wireless shutoff valve, you can stop water flow from anywhere in the world. That’s helpful when you’re visiting relatives and receive a flood sensor text on your mobile device.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage door up causes all sorts of problems. You can waste heat through that large opening, and all sorts of animals or lurkers can just saunder in. A sensor will alert you to a neglected garage door and lets you lower it remotely.

  • Temperature Sensor: A temperature sensor in your basement or garage is essential if you fret about frozen pipes. The heat in these areas can be wildly different than the main part of the house, so you may want to have a constant look on them by using the ADT mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Home Perimeter Safety Checklist for Ogden

Your landscaping, driveway, and front step are just as important to defend as the inside of your home. Try this checklist to make your outside safe:

  • Outdoor Camera: You can install outdoor security cameras to alert you to late night movement in your yard. These cameras are especially useful in places where you might not have a view -- like a side yard or by the garage.

  • Low Shrubs: High bushes can give you some serenity, but they also obscure you seeing into the yard and curb. Don’t offer potential thieves a place to hide. Plus, tall shrubs or greenery too close to your structure can clog gutters and invite bugs.

  • ADT Signs And Decals: One of the most popular disincentives for a thief is telling would-be intruders that you use a state-of-the-art home security system. An ADT sign by the front door and a window cling will show people that they might want to shove off to an unprotected target.

  • Motion Activated Porch Lights: Light is the best deterrent to people who sneak around in the dark. Motion-triggered flood lights on your deck, porch, or garage can help scare lurkers away. They also help you work the locks when you arrive home late after work.

Use Secure24 Alarm Systems To Help Complete Your Home Safety Checklist for Ogden

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t help you with non-security devices on your Ogden home safety checklist, we can offer a state-of-the-art security system. With alarms, security cameras, and home automation, we can customize the best system for your home’s needs. Just call (801) 903-1699 for more information or complete the form below. Or personalize your own ADT system with our Security System Designer.