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Home Safety Checklist For Napa

Keeping safe and secure in your home should be your number one concern. But are you overlooking some useful safety items? Take this home safety checklist for Napa and find out where your house can use an update.

This guide starts with some whole-home safety ideas, and then we break it down to specific room ideas. Then, you can call (707) 244-9280 or send in the form below to speak to a security expert.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

General Home Safety Checklist for Napa

While you will want to take a room-by-room approach to home safety in Napa, there are some items that are practical for each part of your home. These items can link to each other through a touchscreen hub, and often can respond to one another. You can also manage every one of your home safety components through a mobile security app, like ADT Control:

  • Monitored Home Security System: All your entryways should use a sensor that notifies your family to forced entry. After your alarm goes off, your monitoring agent picks up the call and contacts a first responder.

  • Smart Bulbs For Most Rooms: Sure, you can program your smart bulbs to make your home more eco-conscience. But smart lights can also help you remain safe in an emergency. Make your lights flash on when a sensor triggers to frighten off robbers or brighten the way out to a outside area.

  • Smart Thermostat: Like your smart lights, a smart thermostat in Napa should save you 10%-15% in utility costs. Also, it can turn on an exhaust fan when your alarms senses a fire.

  • Monitored Fire Alarms: It’s code that you need to have a fire detector on every level. You can increase your fire readiness by hanging a monitored fire detector that senses excessive smoke and heat, and notifies your 24-hour monitoring agents when it senses a fire.

  • Smart Door Locks: Every entryway that needs a keyed lock can upgrade to a smart lock. Now you may preset codes to each family member and receive notifications to your smartphone when your locks are unlocked. Your doors can even automatically turn off, helping you to quickly flee the house when you have an emergency.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Living Room/Family Room Safety Checklist For Napa

You’ll spend a lot of time in the living room, so it can be the best place to improve your home safety. Highly sought after items, like a TV or video games, usually are located in your living room, making it a popular room for thieves. Begin with hanging a motion detector or indoor security camera in your room, then try some of these suggestions:

  • Motion Sensors: By hanging motion sensors, you’ll get a high-decibel alarm whenever they sense unusual motion within your family room. Look for motion sensors that filter out a dog or cat or you’ll see your sirens go off every time your dog passes through for a midnight stroll.

  • Security Camera: An indoor security camera gives you a visual on your living room. View live streams of your room 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/Cord Maintenance: Safeguard those electronics and quit overburdening your circuits with a surge protector. For additional energy-efficiency, use a smart plug with a surge protector built-in.

  • Entertainment Center Secured To The Wall: If you have curious kids, you’ll want to attach your bookshelves and entertainment center to a wall. This is extra important if your family room has rugs or carpet that might make furniture extra unstable.

  • Enhanced Locks For Glass Doors: If your family room uses a glass door that slides out to a deck, patio, or screened-in porch, you probably can see that the lock is fairly worthless. Install an enhanced lock, like a metal bar or locks that are located on the top and bottom of the door frame.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Napa

Your kitchen has room for items that should bring safety to your home. Some of these things should be a snap to add and can be found in the Target or Walmart:

  • Fire Extinguisher: A fire can come from from an overfilled pot or a towel that’s too close to a burner. Always keep a fire extinguisher in close reach for any cooking emergencies.

  • Circuit Interrupter Box On Each Outlet: A GFCI outlet should be installed anywhere there’s nearby running water to lessen the chance of a deadly shock. That means the outlets around your sink and kitchen counter. For 30 years, it’s been required to have one GFCI per dedicated circuit. But for simplicity’s sake, you’re going to want to have a separate GFCI for every outlet.

  • Monitored Carbon Monoxide Detector: A carbon monoxide detector is handy in the kitchen if you have a gas oven and range. If your gas lines malfunction, the CO detector will cause a high-decibel siren and ping your monitoring center.

  • Cleaning Wipes Or Spray: The largest safety issue in the kitchen is actually bacteria and contamination from uncooked meat and dairy. Always store disinfectant wipes or a bleach spray to scrub off your counters before and after preparing food.

  • Refrigerator Alarm: The milk, meat, and perishables in your fridge have to stay at a cold temperature to stay ready to eat. If you accidently leave the refrigerator door ajar, then a small beep will tell you to check the seal. Some refrigerators come with a pre-installed alarm, some won’t, and you’ll have to get an external alarm from the hardware store.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Napa

Just because you may not have a lot of space in your bathroom doesn’t mean that there aren’t safety hazards. From flood detectors to anti-surge outlets, here are a few safety ideas for your bathroom:

  • Flood Detectors: A leaking sink or tub can create a whole lot of water damage. Discover water problems early with a flood detector before they cause hundreds to thousands of dollars in damage.

  • Non-slip Bath Mats: A slip in the bathroom can be painful, causing bumps, bruises, or broken bones. Or steer clear from these problems with a no-slip bathroom mat for while you towel off.

  • Non-slip Bathtub Strips: Another water hazard, a tub basin can be a slick place to be on. It’s a good idea that every has some textured stickers so your toes have a rough patch to grip.

  • Medicine Door Lock: If you have curious kids or someone with memory difficulties, you need to take additional care regarding medicine. Hide away your bottles by getting a medicine cabinet with a locking latch.

  • GFCI Circuits: While installing better outlets in the kitchen, you should also put in a grounded GFCI outlet on each bathroom receptacle. These will cut the electricity if water enters the outlet or you have a harmful surge from a hair dryer or curling iron.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Kid’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Napa

A child’s bedroom should pair safety with manageability. If their window treatments or other items are safe but tricky to manage, then your child may perform risky methods -- like shimmying up a dresser -- to use them. Try these easy, yet safe, ideas:

  • Cord-Free Window Treatments: Safety experts have designated cords from shades and blinds an unsuspecting problem for kids and pets. Put in motorized blinds or shades that your child can easily manage through a remote. Or go state-of-the-art and link your motorized treatments to your security system so they open without anyone’s help when it’s time to get up, and go down at night for an easier sleep.

  • Indoor Security Camera: An indoor security camera sitting on your toddler’s desk or dresser can act just like a high tech baby monitor that you can watch from your phone. And if they want you, they can use the intercom talk button on the camera.

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

  • Window Escape Ladder: If you have bedrooms on above the first floor, then you should install a window escape ladder. These will help a young one get out of their room even if the hallway or lower levels are engulfed in smoke and fire. Just remember to go over how to use them at least twice a year.

  • Toy Chest Or Low Bookshelves: It’s interesting to think about a toy box as a safety component, but you’ll see the light if you’ve ever walked on a building block in your stocking feet. A clutter-free floor means a quick escape when there’s a fire or break-in.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist For Napa

The main bedroom should be your calm space, so let your safety devices give you peace of mind if you experience an emergency event. After all, being wrenched awake by a loud alarm can be disorienting.

  • Security System Touchscreen: Having a touchscreen on your dresser gives you a sense of what’s happening without leaving your bed. You could also turn on your ADT phone app but, the HD touchscreen may be easier to manage to use when you’re yawning and disoriented.

  • Personal Charging Stand: We rely on our phones for so much now alarm clocks, news readers, game machines, and maybe even phones. However, a dead device can cut us off from communications if during an emergency. So, a charging station or cord is should be used nightly.

  • Nightlights Or Voice Activated Smart Lights: A small light can calm you when you’re startled awake from an alarm or unexpected sounds. If you won’t drift off to sleep with an outlet light, install a smart bulb in your bedroom and hall. Then you can control light anytime with a push of a button or voice direction.

  • Fireproof Lockbox: Keep your essential papers like insurance cards, stock certificates, or a spare checkbook in a fireproof safe. Your safe can be a large one that camps out out of the way or a smaller portable safe that you can carry when you leave during an emergency event.

  • Heat Sensor: The problem with a master bedroom is that they might run too hot or be frigid since they are located far away from the thermostat. A temperature sensor can communicate to your smart thermostat so you should have a comfortable, relaxing sleep at a wonderful climate.

Garage Safety Checklist

Basement/Garage Safety Checklist For Napa

Most safety needs in the basement or garage deal with your water or heating system. Seeing issues before they start can prevent bigger disasters in the future. So, as you look around your garage or basement, check over these crucial items:

  • Water Detector Or Sump Pump Alarm: Putting a flood sensor next to your water heater or sump pump can save you from finding a pond when you step into your garage or basement. Do you really want to waste your night drying the floor?

  • CO Detector: It’s smart to install a carbon monoxide alarm in an area where a gas leak can spring up. If you use a gas furnace, you should hang an alarm in the same room as your inbound pipes.

  • Remote Water Shutoff Valve: If your water sensor detects a hot water heater leak or a busted pipe, then you will want to cap the primary water pipe at once. With a remote shutoff valve, you can block water flow from your phone. That’s helpful when you’re on vacation and receive a water leak alert on your phone.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage up brings about all sorts of problems. You can waste heat through that gaping hole, and critters or lurkers can just wander in. A remote sensor will text you about an open garage door and lets you close it remotely.

  • Heat Sensor: A temperature sensor in your basement or garage is a definite if you fret about your pipes freezing. The temperature in these rooms can be wildly different than the rest of the home, so you will need to keep a close look on the temp with the ADT mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Outside Perimeter Safety Checklist for Napa

Your front yard, driveway, and front step are just as crucial to make safe as the inside of your house. Try this checklist to defend your perimeter:

  • Outdoor Camera: You can place outdoor cameras to notify you about suspicious lurkers in your back yard. These devices are especially useful in areas where you may not have a window installed -- like a side yard or by the driveway.

  • Window Height Bushes: High foliage can offer some solitude, but they also obscure your line of sight of the outside. Don’t offer potential intruders a dark shadow to hide. Plus, high shrubs or trees too close to your structure can obstruct gutters and summon pests.

  • ADT Yard Signs: One of the most popular disincentives for a break-in is telling would-be rogues that you use an updated security system. An ADT yard sign by the main walk and a window cling will show lurkers that they ought to keep walking to an unprotected score.

  • Motion Controlled Porch Light Fixtures: Light is the greatest enemy to people who lurk in the unlit places. Motion-triggered lights on your deck, porch, or garage can frighten lurkers away. Lights also help you see the walk when you come back home late at night.

Call Secure24 Alarm Systems To Help You Finish Your Home Safety Checklist for Napa

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t install non-security devices on your Napa home safety checklist, we can bring you a customized home security system. With everything from alarms to thermostats, we can personalize the perfect system for your house’s needs. Just contact (707) 244-9280 and talk to a professional or fill out the form below. Or personalize your own ADT system with our Security System Designer.