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Home Safety Checklist For Tulsa

Staying safe and secure in your house should be your largest responsibility. But are you forgetting some big safety components? Look over this home safety checklist for Tulsa and see where your house needs some work.

This guide starts with a few whole-house safety ideas, and then we whittle it down to specific room ideas. Then, phone (918) 308-5737 or fill out the form below to get your house ready.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

General Home Safety Checklist for Tulsa

While you will want to take a individual room process for home safety in Tulsa, there are a few items that work for the entire house approach. These devices can sync to each other through a touchscreen hub, and oftentimes work off other components. You might also control each of your home safety components using a mobile security app, such as ADT Control:

  • Monitored Home Security System: Each one of your windows and doors should employ a sensor that warns you and your family to intrusion. After the alarm goes off, your monitoring team picks up the alert and contacts the police or fire department.

  • Smart Bulbs For Each Room: Of course, you can set your smart lighting to make your house more eco-conscience. But smart lights can also help you keep safe during an emergency. Have your lights come on when a security alarm trips to shoo off intruders or illuminate your way to a outside place.

  • Smart Thermostat: Likewise, a smart thermostat in Tulsa can save you up to 15% in utility costs. Also, it can turn on the exhaust fan during a fire.

  • Monitored Fire Detectors: At the very least, you will have a fire detector on each level of your house. You can increase your fire readiness by hanging a monitored fire alarm that senses both heat and smoke, and alerts your round-the-clock monitoring agents when it detects a fire.

  • Smart Lock For Every Door: Every door that utilizes a keyed lock can upgrade to a smart lock. Now you can assign key codes to family and friends and get notifications to your phone when the locks are used. Your doors can even automatically turn off, letting you quickly get out when you have an emergency.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Family Room/Living Room Safety Checklist For Tulsa

You’ll hang out most in the family room, so it can be the best area to start making your house safer. Highly sought after items, like a big screen or video games, typically sit in your family room, making it a popular room for thieves. Begin with hanging a motion detector or indoor camera in your room, then try the following safety protocols:

  • Motion Sensors: By installing motion detectors, you’ll get a loud siren whenever they sense unusual movement in your family room. The best devices are motion sensors that aren’t set off by a dog or cat or you’ll get your sirens go off each time your pet roams by for a drink of water.

  • Indoor Security Camera: An indoor security camera offers a visual on your family room. Watch real-time feeds of your room so you can find out what’s downstairs through the mobile app. Or speak with family members in the room by using the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Outlet Maintenance: Protect those electronics and stop overburdening your circuits with a surge protector. For additional convenience, set up a smart plug with a surge protector included.

  • Heavy Furniture Bolted To The Wall: If you have curious kids, you’ll need to attach your entertainment center or other heavy furniture to your wall. This is especially crucial if your living room has carpeting that might make heavy objects extra unstable.

  • Special Locks For Sliding Doors: If your living room has a sliding glass door that slides out to a deck, patio, or porch, you probably know that the door lock is fairly flimsy. Use a special lock, like a bottom bar or locks that are located on the bottom and top of the frame.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Tulsa

Your kitchen has room for items that can add comfort and safety to your house. Most of these items should be simple to add and should be bought from the grocery store:

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

  • GFCI Box On Each Outlet: A GFCI outlet should be standard everywhere there’s nearby water to lessen the chance of a deadly shock. That includes the plug outlets around your kitchen counter and sink. Since 1987, it’s been required to have one circuit interrupter outlet per circuit. But each one of your outlets will go dead if any outlet senses a surge, so you’ll want to use a single GFCI on each outlet.

  • Monitored CO Detector: A carbon monoxide detector is recommended for the kitchen if you have natural gas for the stove and oven. If your gas burners leak, the CO detector will emit a loud, buzzing noise and call your monitoring professional.

  • Cleaning Wipes Or Spray: The biggest safety hazard in the kitchen is actually bacteria and cross-contamination that comes with uncooked meat and vegetables. Always have antiviral wipes or spray to sanitize your counters after preparing food.

  • Refrigerator Alarm: The items in the fridge have to remain at a cold temperature to stay healthy to use. If you leave the freezer or refrigerator door ajar, then an alarm beep will remind you to close the door. Some appliances already have this installed, others don’t, and you’ll have to pick up a fridge alarm from online.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Tulsa

Just because you may not have a bunch of room in your bathroom doesn’t mean that there aren’t safety concerns. From water problems to electric safety, here are a few safety improvements for your bathroom:

  • Flood Detectors: A leaking sink or tub can cause extensive damage. Find out early about leaks with a flood detector and save yourself from renovating the entire bathroom.

  • Non-slip Shower Mats: A slip and fall in the bathroom can be devastating, causing bumps, sore joints, or broken bones. Or steer clear from these problems with a textured bath mat for after your bath or shower.

  • Non-slip Bathtub Stickies: Another water hazard, a bathtub can be a slippery surface to move in. Make sure each has some no-slip stickies so your feet have a rough patch to grip.

  • Medicine Door Latch: If you have curious children or a family member with memory complications, you need to take extra precautions regarding medicine. Hide away your bottles by using a medicine cabinet with a child-proof lock.

  • Circuit Interrupter Outlet: Similarly to the kitchen, you need to also install a grounded GFCI outlet on every bathroom outlet. These will stop the flow of the electric current if they ever get wet or there’s a sudden spike from an electric razor or hair dryer.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Child’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Tulsa

A child’s bedroom should pair safety with simplicity. If their window coverings or other things are safe but hard to use, then your children may perform dangerous methods -- like shimmying up a dresser -- to use them. Try these simple, and safe, ideas:

  • No Cord Window Treatments: Safety professionals have long called cords from shades and blinds an unsuspecting danger for kids and pets. Use motorized blinds or shades that kids can easily control with a remote control. Or go state-of-the-art and link your shades to your security system so they rise without anyone’s help when it’s time to get up, and close at night for an easier sleep.

  • Tableside Security Camera: A camera perched on your kid’s desk or dresser can double as a baby monitor that you can view with your phone. And if they need something, they can push the 2-way talk button included on the camera.

  • Outlet Covers: While each outlet should use covers on them to protect your small children, this is especially urgent in a child’s bedroom. It’s the main place in your home where your toddler will most likely be alone without consistent adult supervision.

  • Window Escape Ladder: If you use bedrooms on above the first floor, then you need to put in a window fire ladder. These will help a young one leave the house in case the hallway or lower levels are engulfed in smoke and fire. Remember to go over how to use the ladder a few times a year.

  • Toy Box Or Low Shelves: It’s strange to look at a toy chest as a safety item, but you’ll see the light if you’ve ever stepped on a building block in your bare feet. A clean floor gives your child a quick escape when there’s a safety or security event.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Main Bedroom Safety Checklist For Tulsa

Your bedroom should be an oasis, so let your safety components make life easier when there's an emergency. After all, being wrenched awake by a wailing alarm can be quite a shock.

  • Home Security Touchscreen: Having a smart hub on your dresser lets you see what’s happening without leaving your bed. You could always turn on your ADT phone app. However, the HD touchscreen may be easier to control to use when you’re coming out of sleep and confused.

  • Personal Charging Area: We depend on our smartphones for so many things now GPS, internet searches, time wasters, and maybe even phones. However, an uncharged device in the middle of the night cuts us off from reaching help if during an emergency. To make sure your phone always works, a charging station or cord is an important part of your nightstand.

  • Nightlights Or Voice Activated Smart Lights: A small light can be a beacon when you’re jolted awake from a siren or other noises. If you can’t fall asleep with an outlet light, use smart bulbs in your bedroom. Then you can control light anytime with a mobile device or voice command.

  • Fireproof Lockbox: Keep your vital papers like birth certificates, medical information, or a spare checkbook in a fireproof lockbox. Your safe can be a large one that sits in your closet or a slender handheld lockbox that you can grab as you escape during a fire or other emergency.

  • Heat Sensor: The drawback with most bedrooms is that they can run too warm or be cold because they are located far away from the thermostat. A heat sensor can talk to your smart thermostat so you should have a comfortable, peaceful sleep at the perfect climate.

Garage Safety Checklist

Basement/Garage Safety Checklist For Tulsa

Most safety problems in the basement or garage deal with your pipes or furnace. Finding issues before they start can stop larger disasters in the future. So, as you take a look around your basement or garage, check over these critical items:

  • Water Detector Or Sump Pump Alarm: Placing a flood alarm next to your water heater and sump pump can stop you from finding a mess when you go into your garage or basement. The last you need is to spend the weekend drying your floor and sorting through all those soggy boxes.

  • CO Alarm: It’s nice to hang a CO alarm in a place where a CO leak can happen. If you employ a gas furnace, you should hang an alarm in the same area as your inbound pipes.

  • WiFi Water Shutoff Valve: If your flood detector detects a hot water leak or a busted pipe, then you will have to cap the main water valve quickly. With a remote shutoff valve, you can turn off your water flow from your phone. That’s perfect when you’re on vacation and see an emergency leak alert on your mobile device.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage door up causes all sorts of issues. You can lose a bunch of heat through that open door, and all sorts of animals or thieves can just wander in. A remote sensor will text you about a neglected garage door and lets you close it remotely.

  • Heat Sensor: A temperature alarm in your garage or basement is handy if you wonder about freezing pipes. The temperature in these areas can be surprisingly different than the main part of the house, so you will need to maintain a closer eye on the temperature by using your mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Outside Perimeter Safety Checklist for Tulsa

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

  • Outdoor Security Camera: You can place outdoor security cameras to alert you to unusual movement in your back yard. These security cameras are nice in places where you might not have a window -- like around a cellar or by the driveway.

  • Window Height Shrubbery: Tall shrubs can give you some serenity, but they also obscure your line of sight of the yard. Don’t offer potential thieves an area to hide. Plus, high shrubs or foliage too close to your home can jam up gutters and invite bugs.

  • ADT Signs And Decals: One of the most popular deterrents for a thief is alerting potential intruders that you use a monitored home security system. An ADT sign by the main walk and a window decal will alert people that they ought to move on to an less prepared target.

  • Motion Triggered Outside Lighting: Light is the greatest enemy to people who lurk in the unlit places. Motion-triggered lights on your porch, garage, or deck can help scare lurkers away. Flood lights also help you see the walk when you come to the house on those dark, winter nights.

Contact Secure24 Alarm Systems To Help You Finish Your Home Safety Checklist for Tulsa

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t help you with every item on your Tulsa home safety checklist, we can install a powerful home security system. With easy-to-use devices and ADT monitoring, we can customize the perfect system for your home’s needs. Simply call (918) 308-5737 to get started or complete the form below. Or personalize your own solution with our Security System Designer.

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