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Home Safety Checklist For Palm Springs

Being safe and secure in your residence should be your topmost concern. But are you missing a few key safety components? Look over this home safety checklist for Palm Springs and see where your home can use greater attention.

This guide begins with a few whole-home safety techniques, and then we delve down on a room level. Then, you can call (760) 230-3527 or fill out the form below to get your house ready.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

Whole Home Safety Checklist for Palm Springs

While you will want to use a room-by-room process for home safety, there are some items that work for all of your rooms. These items can sync to each other through a touchscreen hub, and can even work off one another. You can also control every one of your home safety devices with a mobile app, like ADT Control:

  • Smart Lighting For Every Major Room: Of course, you can set your smart lighting so your house is more eco-conscience. But smart lights can also allow you to keep safe throughout an emergency. Have your downstairs lights flash on when a sensor goes off to scare off robbers or brighten the way out to a outside location.

  • Smart Thermostat: Likewise, a smart thermostat in Palm Springs can save you between 10%-15% in gas and electric spending. It also can flip on the exhaust fan during a fire.

  • Monitored Smoke Detectors: At the very least, you need to have a fire detector on every level of your house. You can increase your fire readiness by installing a monitored fire detector that looks for both smoke and heat, and pings your 24/7 monitoring team when it thinks that there’s a fire.

  • Smart Lock For Every Door: Every door that needs a keyed lock can upgrade to a smart door lock. Now you may preset key codes to family and friends and receive notifications to your mobile device when the locks are activated. Your doors can even automatically open, allowing you to quickly get out during a fire or dangerous situation.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Living Room/Family Room Safety Checklist For Palm Springs

You’ll spend most of your time in the living room, so it’s the perfect room to start your home safety renovation. Electronics, like a big screen or stereo system, usually sit in your family room, making it a tempting space for burglars. Start with placing a motion detector or indoor security camera in there, then take a look at all these suggestions:

  • Motion Detectors: By putting in motion detectors, you’ll have a loud siren if they sense unusual motion in your living room. You’ll want motion sensors that filter out pets or you’ll get an alert each time your dog comes in for a drink of water.

  • Indoor Security Camera: An indoor security camera puts a constant watch on your family room. Get constant feeds of the area so you can find out what’s going on without leaving your bed. Or speak with your family when they arrive back from school by using the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Cord Maintenance: Protect those electronics and quit overtaxing your outlets with a surge protector. For additional convenience, install a smart plug with anti-surge functionality built-in.

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

  • Enhanced Locks For Sliding Glass Doors: If your family room uses a sliding door that opens to a backyard, deck, or porch, you probably know that the latch is fairly worthless. Put in a custom lock, like a bottom bar or locks that are located on the top and bottom of the opening.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Palm Springs

The kitchen has room for items that should bring safety to your house. Some of these objects are also a snap to add and can be found in the grocery store:

  • Fire Extinguisher: Fire can happen from an unwatched frying pan or a towel that’s too close to a burner. Always keep a fire extinguisher in close reach for any cooking mishaps.

  • Circuit Interrupter Box On Every Outlet: A GFCI outlet should be used everywhere they’re close to running water to prevent a deadly shock. That means the outlets around your kitchen counter and sink. For 30 years, it’s been required to have one circuit interrupter outlet per dedicated circuit. But for simplicity’s sake, try to install an unchained GFCI for every outlet.

  • Monitored CO Detector: A carbon monoxide detector is recommended for spaces that employ gas for the stove and oven. If your gas burners leak, the carbon monoxide detector will emit a loud siren and call your monitoring professional.

  • Cleaning Wipes Or Spray: The largest safety issue in the kitchen is the invisible bacteria and contamination that comes with blood from meat and vegetables. Always keep antiviral wipes or spray to sanitize your counters after making a meal.

  • Refrigerator/Freezer Alarm: The food items in the refrigerator should remain at a cold temperature to stay healthy to eat. If you leave the freezer or refrigerator door ajar, then a small beep will let you know so you can close the door. Some appliances already have this installed, older models won’t, and you’ll have to buy an external alarm from online.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Palm Springs

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

  • Flood Sensors: A leaking toilet or shower can lead to a whole lot of damage. Find water problems early with a flood detector and save hundreds to thousands of dollars from water damage.

  • Textured Shower Mats: A slip and fall in the bathroom can be painful, causing bumps, gashed heads, or sprained ankles. You can steer clear from these problems with a no-slip bath mat for after your bath or shower.

  • No-slip Bathtub Stickers: Likewise, a bathtub can be a slick place to be on. Make sure each has some no-slip strips so your feet have a rough patch for stability.

  • Medicine Door Latch: If you have young toddlers or someone with memory complications, you have to take extra attention regarding prescription medicine. Safeguard your prescriptions by installing a medicine cabinet with a latch that locks.

  • GFCI Circuits: Just like the kitchen, you should also use a surge protecting circuit interrupter outlet on every bathroom outlet. This will shut off the electric current if water enters the outlet or they experience an unusual spike from a hair dryer or curling iron.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Children’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Palm Springs

A child’s bedroom should counterbalance safety with manageability. If their window coverings or other things are safe but hard to manage, then your kids may try risky activities -- like climb a chest of drawers -- to open them. Here are 5 simple, and safe, ideas:

  • Cordless Window Treatments: Safety professionals have identified corded window treatments a secret hazard for children and animals. Put in motorized blinds or shades that you can easily manage with a remote. Or go state-of-the-art and link your motorized treatments to your ADT security system so they open automatically when it’s time to get up, and go down in the evening for added darkness.

  • Tableside Security Camera: An indoor security camera perched on your kid’s desk can double as a high tech baby monitor that you can view from a smartphone. And when they want you, they can use the intercom talk feature that comes with the camera.

  • Plug Covers: While every outlet should have protective covers on them when you have young children, this is doubly urgent in a child’s bedroom. It’s the one room in your house where your child will most likely hang out by themselves without consistent adult supervision.

  • Window Fire Ladder: If you have bedrooms on the second level, then you will want to have a window safety ladder. These will help your children get out of their room in case the stairway or ground floor are on fire. Just remember to practice how to use the ladder at least twice a year.

  • Toy Box Or Low Bookshelves: It’s weird to think about a toy chest as a safety item, but you’ll understand if you’ve ever tramped on a building block in your socked feet. A clutter-free floor let your child have a quick escape when there’s a safety or security event.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Main Bedroom Safety Checklist For Palm Springs

The master bedroom should be an oasis, so let your safety components make life easier if there's an emergency event. After all, being wrenched awake by a loud siren can be confusing.

  • Security System Touchscreen: Having a touchscreen on your nightstand lets you see what’s going on without jumping out of bed. You could alternatively turn on your ADT smartphone app. However, the HD touchscreen can be easier to control to use when you’re bleary-eyed and finding your bearings.

  • Phone Charging Area: We rely on our phones for so much now alarms, web browsers, social media, and --legend has it-- even phones. But, a dead cell can cut us off from reaching help if during an emergency. To make sure your phone always works, a an easy-to-use charging station becomes an important part of your nightstand.

  • Smart Lights Or Nightlights: A plug-in light helps ground you when you’re startled awake from a fire alarm or other sounds. If you can’t fall asleep with a small nightlight, use smart lights in your fixtures. Then you can control light anytime with a push of a button or voice command.

  • Fireproof Lockbox: Keep your important documents like social security cards, passports, or a spare checkbook in a fireproof lockbox. This can be a bigger one that is located in a corner or a smaller portable lockbox that you can grab when you leave during an emergency event.

  • Heat Sensor: The drawback with a master bedroom is that they can be too stuffy or be cold because they sit far from the thermostat. A temperature sensor will communicate to your smart thermostat so you can have a pleasant, peaceful sleep at just the right climate.

Garage Safety Checklist

Basement/Garage Safety Checklist For Palm Springs

Most safety problems in the basement or garage have to do with your pipes or HVAC system. Seeing issues early can stop larger problems later on. So, as you look around your basement or garage, pay attention to these critical items:

  • Water Detector Or Sump Pump Alarm: Putting a flood sensor by your water heater or sump pump can stop you from wading into a lake when you go into your basement or garage. Do you really want to waste your day drying the floor?

  • CO Alarm: It’s nice to have a carbon monoxide detector in areas where a gas leak can occur. If you use gas heat, you should install an alarm in the same area as your HVAC unit.

  • WiFi Water Shutoff Valve: If your water alarm detects a hot water heater leak or a busted pipe, then you will want to cut off the primary water line quickly. With a wireless shutoff valve, you can stop water flow from anywhere in the world. That’s nice when you’re out of town and get an emergency leak notification on your mobile device.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage door up leads to all types of problems. You can lose a bunch of HVAC energy through that open door, and critters or lurkers can just saunder in. A sensor will notify you about a neglected garage door and lets you close it through the app.

  • Temperature Sensor: A heat sensor in your basement or garage is a definite if you wonder about freezing pipes. The heat in these areas can be surprisingly different than the main part of the home, so you may want to have a constant look on the temperature by using your mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Outside Safety Checklist for Palm Springs

Your foliage, drive, and front porch are just as imperative to defend as the interior of your house. Try this checklist to create a safe outside:

  • Outdoor Security Camera: You can install outdoor cameras to notify you about unusual lurkers in your back yard. These cameras are nice in areas where you may not have a window installed -- like around a cellar or by the garage door.

  • Window Height Bushes: High foliage can give you some privacy, but they also hinder your line of sight of the yard and curb. Don’t provide potential burglars a place to hide. Plus, high shrubs or trees against your home can jam up gutters and invite pests.

  • ADT Yard Signs: One of the most popular deterrents for a break-in is telling aspiring intruders that you use an updated security system. An ADT yard sign by the stoop and a window sticker will alert people that they might want to keep walking to an easier score.

  • Motion Activated Flood Light Fixtures: Light is the greatest deterrent to people who lurk in the dark. Motion-activated lighting on your deck, porch, or garage can frighten possible intruders away. Lights also help you get inside when you come to the house late after work.

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

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t install each household item on your Palm Springs home safety checklist, we can bring you a state-of-the-art home security. With alarms, security cameras, and home automation, we can customize the perfect system for your family’s needs. Simply call (760) 230-3527 for more information or fill out the form below. Or personalize your own ADT system with our Security System Designer.