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Home Safety Checklist For Bakersfield

Staying safe and secure in your house should be your number one responsibility. But are you overlooking a few useful safety components? Use this home safety checklist for Bakersfield and find out where your living space can use greater attention.

We give you a few whole-home safety ideas, and then we whittle it down on a room level. Then, phone (661) 231-6886 or complete the form below to get your house safe and secure.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

Basic Home Safety Checklist for Bakersfield

While you will want to use a room-by-room process for home safety in Bakersfield, there are some methods that are practical for your entire home. These devices can sync to each other through a smart hub, and can even react to other things. You might also manage every one of your home safety equipment with a mobile security app, such as ADT Control:

  • Monitored Security System: All your entryways should have a sensor that alerts you to a break-in. As your alarm goes off, your monitoring team picks up the call and calls emergency personnel.

  • Smart Lighting For Each Room: Sure, you can schedule your smart lights so your house is more eco-conscience. But they can also allow you to keep safe throughout an emergency. Have your downstairs lights flash on when an alarm triggers to scare off burglars or illuminate your way to a secure area.

  • Smart Thermostat: Likewise, a smart thermostat in Bakersfield can save you 10%-15% in utility costs. It also can start an exhaust fan when your alarms senses a fire.

  • Monitored Fire Detectors: It’s code that you should have a fire alarm on each level. You can improve your fire preparedness by utilizing a monitored fire detector that senses both heat and smoke, and alerts your 24-hour monitoring agents when it detects a fire.

  • Smart Locks: Every door that uses a deadbolt can upgrade to a smart door lock. Now you can program codes to family and friends and receive notifications to your phone when they are activated. Your locks can even automatically unlock, letting you quickly flee the house during an emergency.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Family Room/Living Room Safety Checklist For Bakersfield

You’ll spend most of your time in the living room, so it may be the best room to start making your home a safer place. Highly sought after items, like a TV or video games, usually sit in your family room, making it an alluring room for burglars. Begin with hanging a motion detector or indoor security camera in there, then continue on with the following suggestions:

  • Motion Detectors: By installing motion detectors, you’ll hear a high-decibel alarm whenever they detect unexpected motion within your living room. The best devices are motion detectors that ignore pet movements or you’ll have your sirens go off every time your pet passes through for a drink of water.

  • Indoor Security Camera: An indoor security camera gives you a visual on your family room. Watch live streams of the area so you can find out what’s downstairs from the mobile app. Or talk with your kids when they come back from school with the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Outlet Maintenance: Safeguard all your electronics and stop overtaxing your outlets with a surge protector. For added energy-efficiency, set up a smart plug with surge protection built-in.

  • Entertainment Center Secured To The Wall: If you have any small children, you’ll want to attach your bookshelves and entertainment center to a wall. This is extra crucial if your family room has carpeting that can make furniture extra unstable.

  • Enhanced Locks For Sliding Glass Doors: If your family room uses a sliding door that slides out to a patio, deck, or porch, you probably get that the door lock is pretty thin. Put in a custom lock, like a bottom bar or small locks that bolt to the top and bottom of the opening.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Bakersfield

The kitchen has plenty of items that should provide comfort and safety to your home. Many of these objects are also a snap to add and can be purchased from the grocery store:

  • Fire Extinguisher: A fire can spring up from an unwatched skillet or a faulty burner. Always store a fire extinguisher at the ready for any stove or oven mishaps.

  • Circuit Interrupter Box On Every Outlet: A circuit interrupter outlet should be standard anywhere they’re by water to ward off electrocution. That includes the plug outlets close to your sink and kitchen counter. For 30 years, it’s been required to have one GFCI per dedicated circuit. But all your plugs will go dead if one outlet senses a surge, so try to use a single GFCI on each outlet.

  • Monitored Carbon Monoxide Detector: A carbon monoxide detector is advised for spaces that use gas for the oven and stove. If your gas lines spring a leak, the CO detector will play a loud noise and ping your monitoring professional.

  • Cleaning Wipes Or Spray: The largest safety issue in the kitchen is actually bacteria and cross-contamination from uncooked meat and dairy. Always store antiviral wipes or a bleach spray to clean your area after making a meal.

  • Freezer and Refrigerator Alarm: The items in the refrigerator have to remain at a chilly temperature to be ready to consume. If you accidently leave the fridge or freezer door open, then a small beep will remind you to check the seal. Some fridges come with this installed, some do not, and you’ll have to buy a refrigerator alarm from the hardware store.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Bakersfield

Just because you don’t a bunch of space in your bathroom there’s still safety issues. From flood prevention to electric safety, here are a few safety tips for your bathroom:

  • Flood Sensors: A leaking sink or shower can lead to an expensive amount of damage. Discover a leaking pipe with a flood detector and save the time and money from water damage.

  • Non-slip Bath Mats: A slip and fall in the bathroom can be devastating, causing pulled muscles, sore joints, or trips to the hospital. You can avoid these issues with a non-slip bath mat for after your bath or shower.

  • No-slip Bathtub Stickers: Like a tiled floor, a bathtub can be a slick place to be on. It’s a good idea that every bathtub has some textured stickers so your feet and toes have a bumpy patch to gain traction.

  • Medicine Door Lock: If you have curious toddlers or a family member with memory complications, you should take extra precautions regarding prescription medicine. Safeguard your pills and syrups by getting a medicine cabinet with a locking latch.

  • Circuit Interrupter Outlet: While installing better outlets in the kitchen, you will have to also put in a safer GFCI outlet on every bathroom receptacle. This will cut the current if water enters the outlet or they experience an unusual surge from a curling iron or hair dryer.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Child’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Bakersfield

A child’s bedroom should pair safety with accessibility. If their window treatments or other things are safe but difficult to manage, then your child may get around the device with unsafe methods -- like climb a chest of drawers -- to use them. Here are 5 straightforward, yet safe, ideas:

  • No Cord Window Coverings: Safety agencies have identified corded window treatments an unsuspecting hazard for kids and pets. Install motorized treatments that your child can easily control with a remote control. Or go state-of-the-art and pair your motorized coverings to your ADT smart hub so they open automatically at dawn, and close in the evening for extra privacy.

  • Tableside Security Camera: An indoor security camera placed on your toddler’s desk can double as a high tech baby monitor that you can watch from your phone. And if they need something, they can hit the 2-way talk button that comes with the camera.

  • Outlet Covers: While every outlet should have protective covers on them for your small children, this is doubly needed in their bedroom. It’s the one place in your home where your toddler will most likely hang out solo without adult supervision.

  • Window Escape Ladder: If you have bedrooms on above the first level, then you need to have a window escape ladder. These will help a young one leave the house even if the stairway or lower levels are blocked off with fire. Remember to practice how to use them a few times a year.

  • Toy Box Or Low Shelves: It’s weird to look at a toy box as a safety item, but you’ll get it if you’ve ever stepped on an action figure in your bare feet. A clutter-free floor let your child have a quick way out when there’s an emergency.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Main Bedroom Safety Checklist For Bakersfield

Your master bedroom should be a refuge, so let your safety components give you peace of mind if there's an emergency. After all, being wrenched awake by a wailing siren can be disorienting.

  • Security System Touchscreen: Having a smart hub on your dresser gives you a sense of what’s what that noise was without getting out of bed. You could always turn on your ADT phone app but, the HD touchscreen is often better to use when you’re coming out of sleep and finding your bearings.

  • Phone Charging Area: We depend on our smartphones for so much now alarm clocks, news readers, social media, and maybe even phones. The only problem is that a depleted device in the middle of the night cuts us off from reaching help if there’s a problem. To keep it nice and ready, a charging station or cord becomes an important part of your nightstand.

  • Nightlights Or Voice Activated Smart Lights: A tiny light helps ground you when you’re bolted awake from a siren or other loud noises. If you won’t drift off to sleep with a nightlight, use smart lights in your bedroom and hall. Then you can control light anytime with a mobile device or voice command.

  • Fireproof Safe: Stash your vital paperwork like social security cards, passports, or banking information in a fireproof lockbox. Your safe can be a big one that sits in your closet or a slender portable safe that you can grab as you escape during a fire or break-in.

  • Heat Sensor: The drawback with most bedrooms is that they can run too stuffy or be chilly since they sit far away from the thermostat. A temperature sensor can communicate to your smart thermostat so you will have a nice, peaceful sleep at a wonderful temperature.

Garage Safety Checklist

Garage/Basement Safety Checklist For Bakersfield

Most safety issues in the garage or basement deal with your water heater or HVAC system. Finding problems early can prevent larger problems later on. So, as you look around your basement or garage, check over these safety items:

  • Flood Sensor Or Sump Pump Alarm: Installing a flood sensor next to your water heater and sump pump drain can save you from wading into a pond when you go into your basement or garage. It’s sure better than sorting through a heap of soiled storage boxes.

  • Carbon Monoxide Detector: It’s smart to install a CO alarm in areas where a gas leak can happen. If you use a gas furnace, you’ll want to install an alarm in the same place as your unit.

  • WiFi Water Shutoff Valve: If your water alarm detects a hot water leak or a broken pipe, then you will want to cut off the primary water pipe immediately. With a wireless shutoff valve, you can block water flow from any mobile device. That’s perfect when you’re visiting relatives and receive an emergency leak alert on your phone.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage up leads to all types of problems. You can lose a bunch of heat or air through that large opening, and critters or intruders can just saunder in. A sensor will notify you about a forgotten garage door and allow you to close it through the app.

  • Temperature Sensor: A temperature sensor in your garage or basement is essential if you wonder about frozen pipes. The heat in these rooms can be drastically different than the main part of the home, so you may need to have a close look on the temperature through your mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Outside Safety Checklist for Bakersfield

Your foliage, driveway, and front step are just as important to defend as the interior of your house. Try this checklist to defend your perimeter:

  • Outdoor Security Camera: You can install outdoor cameras to alert you to unusual movement in your yard. These cameras come in handy in areas where you might not have a window -- like a side yard or by the driveway.

  • Low Bushes: Overgrown bushes can offer some privacy, but they also block you seeing into the yard. Don’t offer potential burglars a dark shadow to hide. Plus, high shrubs or foliage around your home can clog gutters and invite bugs.

  • ADT Yard Signs: One of the largest discouragements for a break-in is telling aspiring rogues that you own a state-of-the-art ADT security system. An ADT yard sign by the front door and a window sticker will alert people that they should move on to an easier score.

  • Motion Triggered Porch Light Fixtures: Light is the best obstacle to people who lurk in the unlit places. Motion-triggered flood lights on your porch, garage, or deck can shoo lurkers away. Flood lights also help you get inside when you get to the house late at night.

Use Secure24 Alarm Systems To Help You With Your Home Safety Checklist for Bakersfield

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t install every item on your Bakersfield home safety checklist, we can bring you 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 (661) 231-6886 for more information or complete the form below. Or personalize your own system with our Security System Designer.