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Home Safety Checklist For Topeka

Keeping safe in your home should be your largest concern. But are you forgetting some useful safety items? Use this home safety checklist for Topeka and discover where your house needs an update.

We give you a few whole-house safety items, and then we whittle it down on a room level. Then, you can call (785) 268-2982 or send in the form below for more information.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

Essential Home Safety Checklist for Topeka

While you should take a individual room process for home safety, there are some methods that are useful for each part of your house. These components can talk to each other through a wireless hub, and can even respond to one another. You can also manage all your home safety components through a smartphone app, such as ADT Control:

  • Monitored Home Security System: All your doors and windows should employ a sensor that notifies you to intrusion. After your alarm trips, your monitoring center answers the call and contacts emergency personnel.

  • Smart Bulbs For Each Room: Of course, you can program your smart lighting so your home is more eco-conscience. But they can also help you remain safe during an emergency. Have your smart bulbs flash on when a security alarm triggers to shoo off intruders or illuminate your way to a outside area.

  • Smart Thermostat: Likewise, a smart thermostat in Topeka could save you up to 15% in gas and electric costs. But it also can flip on your exhaust fan during a fire.

  • Monitored Smoke Detectors: It’s code that you have a fire alarm on every level of your house. You can increase your fire game by utilizing a monitored fire alarm that senses unusual smoke and heat, and notifies your round-the-clock monitoring agents when it senses a fire.

  • Smart Lock For Every Door: Every entryway that needs a keyed lock can be made safer with a smart lock. Now you may preset key codes to family and friends and get notifications to your mobile device when the locks are used. Your locks can even automatically unlock, allowing you to quickly get out during a fire or dangerous situation.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Living Room/Family Room Safety Checklist For Topeka

You’ll spend a lot of time in the living room, so it’s the best area to optimize your home safety. Electronics, like your TV or video games, probably sit in your living room, making it a tempting space for robbers. Begin with hanging a motion detector or indoor security camera by the doorway, then try some of these safety protocols:

  • Motion Detectors: By hanging motion sensors, you’ll hear a shrieking siren anytime they detect unusual motion within your living room. You’ll want motion sensors that aren’t set off by pet movements or you’ll see your sirens go off every time your dog roams by for a midnight stroll.

  • Indoor Camera: An indoor security camera puts a visual on your living room. Get live feeds of the area so you can see what’s happening from the mobile app. Or talk with your family in the room by using the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Cord Maintenance: Safeguard expensive electronics and quit overtaxing your outlets with a surge protector. For added comfort, set up a smart plug with a surge protector included.

  • Entertainment Center Secured To The Wall: If you have any small children, you’ll need to bolt your entertainment center or other heavy furniture to a wall. This is extra crucial if your family room uses rugs or carpet that can make heavy objects extra unbalanced.

  • Enhanced Locks For Sliding Glass Doors: If your family room uses a glass door that leads to a patio, deck, or outside porch, you probably can see that the latch is usually flimsy. Install a custom lock, like a cross bar or small locks that secures the door to the top and bottom of the frame.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Topeka

Your kitchen has plenty of items that can bring comfort and safety to your house. Many of these things should be easy to add and can be found in the Target or Walmart:

  • Fire Extinguisher: A fire can happen from an unwatched pot or a towel that’s too close to a burner. Always keep a fire extinguisher at the ready for any cooking emergencies.

  • Circuit Interrupter Box On Every Outlet: A GFCI outlet should be standard anywhere there’s nearby running water to lessen the chance of electrocution. That includes the plugs around your kitchen counter and sink. Since 1987, it’s been code to have one circuit interrupter outlet per circuit. But if you don’t want your whole kitchen to flip off when one outlet trips, you’re going to want to have a separate GFCI for every outlet.

  • Monitored CO Detector: A carbon monoxide detector is handy in spaces that have natural gas for the oven and stove. If your gas appliances spring a leak, the CO detector will emit a loud, buzzing siren and ping your monitoring agent.

  • Clorox Wipes Or Spray: The most overlooked safety issue in the kitchen is the invisible bacteria and protein that comes with blood from meat and vegetables. Always store disinfectant wipes or an antibacterial spray to scrub off your counters after preparing food.

  • Refrigerator/Freezer Alarm: The milk, meat, and perishables in the fridge need to stay at a constant temperature to be safe to use. If you leave the freezer or refrigerator door open too long, then an alarm beep will remind you to shut it securely. Some appliances already have an alarm, some do not, and you’ll have to buy a fridge alarm from online.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Topeka

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

  • Flood Detectors: A leaking sink or bathtub can cause a whole lot of destruction. Find out early about pooling water with a flood detector before they generate hundreds of dollars in ruined floors, walls, and fixtures.

  • Non-slip Bathroom Mats: A fall in the bathroom can be painful, causing pulled muscles, gashed heads, or sprained ankles. Or steer clear from these hazards with a non-slip bath mat for while you towel off.

  • No-slip Bathtub Strips: Like a tiled floor, a bathtub can be a slick area to be on. Make sure each bathtub has some non-slip stickies so your feet have a bumpy patch for stability.

  • Medicine Door Lock: If you have little toddlers or someone with memory difficulties, you have to take additional care regarding medicine. Safeguard your pills and syrups by getting a medicine cabinet with a latch that locks.

  • GFCI Circuits: Just like the kitchen, you should also install a surge protecting circuit interrupter outlet on every bathroom receptacle. These will shut off the electricity if water enters the outlet or you have an unusual jolt from a hair dryer or curling iron.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Child’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Topeka

Your child’s bedroom should counterbalance safety with accessibility. If their window coverings or other items are safe but tricky to manage, then your children may try risky activities -- like shimmying up a chest of drawers -- to open them. Try these straightforward, yet safe, ideas:

  • Cord-Free Window Treatments: Safety agencies have long called window treatment cords a hidden hazard for children and animals. Install motorized blinds or shades that kids can easily manage through a remote control. Or go state-of-the-art and pair your shades to your ADT smart hub so they can raise on a schedule when it’s time to get up, and close at night for an easier sleep.

  • Indoor Security Camera: An indoor security camera placed on your kid’s dresser can act like an HD baby monitor that you can see from a smartphone. And when they want your help, they can use the 2-way talk button that comes with the camera.

  • Outlet Plug Covers: While every outlet should have outlet safety caps on them when you have little children, this is doubly urgent in a child’s bedroom. It’s the main place in your home where your toddler will most likely play alone without adult supervision.

  • Window Escape Ladder: If you use bedrooms on above the first level, then you should install a window escape ladder. These can help your children leave the house even if the stairs or lower levels are engulfed in smoke and fire. Just remember to practice how to use them at least twice a year.

  • Toy Chest Or Low Bookshelves: It’s weird to view a toy box as a safety device, but you’ll get it if you’ve ever walked on a building block in your bare feet. A clutter-free floor gives your child a quick way out if there’s an emergency.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Main Bedroom Safety Checklist For Topeka

Your bedroom should be a refuge, so let your safety devices make you more responsive when there's an emergency. After all, being startled awake by a wailing buzzer can be confusing.

  • Security System Touchscreen: Having a touchscreen on your nightstand gives you a sense of what’s going on without leaving your bed. You could alternatively log into your ADT smartphone app. However, the touchscreen can be better to use when you’re yawning and confused.

  • Device Charging Area: We use our smartphones for so much now alarms, internet searches, time wasters, and maybe even phones. The only problem is that a depleted cell will cut us off from the outside world if there’s a problem. So, a charging cord or station is should be used nightly.

  • Smart Lights Or Nightlights: A tiny light can calm you when you’re bolted awake from a siren or unexpected sounds. If you won’t drift off to sleep with a small nightlight, put in smart lights in your fixtures. Then you can get light on-demand with a mobile device or voice command.

  • Fireproof Lockbox: Keep your vital papers like social security cards, medical information, or a bankbook in a fireproof lockbox. This can be a bigger one that sits in a corner or a slender portable lockbox that you can carry as you escape during an emergency event.

  • Heat Sensor: The drawback with bedrooms is that they can feel too stuffy or be chilly since they are located far away from the thermostat. A temperature sensor will talk to your smart thermostat so you can have a pleasant, restful sleep at the perfect climate.

Garage Safety Checklist

Garage/Basement Safety Checklist For Topeka

Most safety needs in the basement or garage have to do with your pipes or heating system. Discovering issues before they start can stave away more devastating emergencies later on. So, as you look around your garage or basement, check over these safety items:

  • Water Detector Or Sump Pump Alarm: Installing a flood alarm in back of your water heater and sump pump can stop you from wading into a pond when you go into your basement or garage. Do you really want to lose your weekend getting rid of standing water?

  • Carbon Monoxide Detector: It’s nice to hang a CO detector in a place where a CO leak can occur. If you use gas heating, you’ll want to put an alarm in the same area as your inbound pipes.

  • WiFi Water Shutoff Valve: If your flood alarm detects a hot water heater leak or a busted pipe, then you need to cap the main water line quickly. With a wireless shutoff valve, you can stop water flow from anywhere in the world. That’s helpful when you’re visiting relatives and get a water leak text on your phone.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage door up brings about all types of headaches. You can lose a bunch of heat through that gaping hole, and rodents or lurkers can just walk in. A sensor will alert you to an open garage door and allow you to close it through the app.

  • Temperature Sensor: A heat sensor in your basement or garage is handy if you fret about freezing pipes. The heat in these rooms can be surprisingly different than the rest of the home, so you may need to maintain a constant look on the temperature by using your security mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Outside Perimeter Safety Checklist for Topeka

Your front yard, driveway, and front step are just as imperative to defend as the rest of your house. Use this checklist to defend your perimeter:

  • Outdoor Security Camera: You can hang outdoor security cameras to alert you to late night activity in your yard. These devices are nice in areas where you may not have a view -- like a side yard or by the garage door.

  • Low Shrubbery: Overgrown foliage can create some solitude, but they also hinder your view of the yard and curb. Don’t give potential intruders an area to hide. Plus, large bushes, shrubs or trees around your house can jam up gutters and bring in pests.

  • ADT Signs And Decals: One of the most popular discouragements for home intrusion is advertising to would-be rogues that you own an updated security system. An ADT sign by the front door and a window decal will show people that they ought to move on to an less prepared score.

  • Motion Triggered Outside Lighting: Light is the largest obstacle to those who skulk in the dark. Motion-controlled lighting on your deck, porch, or garage can frighten lurkers away. Lights also help you get inside when you arrive back home late at night.

Contact Secure24 Alarm Systems To Help You With Your Home Safety Checklist for Topeka

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t deliver non-security devices on your Topeka home safety checklist, we can install a customized home security. With easy-to-use devices and ADT monitoring, we can personalize the best system for your house’s needs. Just phone (785) 268-2982 for more information or fill out the form below. Or personalize your own system with our Security System Designer.