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Home Safety Checklist For Las Cruces

Staying safe and secure in your residence should be your largest priority. But are you overlooking some big safety items? Take this home safety checklist for Las Cruces and find out where your living space can use an update.

We give you a few whole-house safety items, and then we break it down room-by-room. Then, you can call (575) 224-2547 or fill out the form below for additional information.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

Basic Home Safety Checklist for Las Cruces

While you should take a room-by-room process for home safety, there are a few items that work for the whole-house approach. These devices can sync together through a touchscreen hub, and oftentimes work off one another. You might also control every one of your home safety equipment with a smartphone app, like ADT Control:

  • Monitored Security System: All your entryways should have a sensor that warns you to forced entry. After your alarm goes off, your monitoring center picks up the call and immediately contacts emergency personnel.

  • Smart Lighting For Each Room: Sure, you can schedule your smart lights to make your house more eco-conscience. But they can also help you keep safe during an emergency. Make your smart bulbs flash on when a security alarm trips to frighten off robbers or light the way out to a safe location.

  • Smart Thermostat: Likewise, a smart thermostat in Las Cruces can save you between 10%-15% in gas and electric costs. But it also can turn on the exhaust fan during a fire.

  • Monitored Fire Detectors: At the very least, you need to have a fire detector on every level. You can improve your fire preparedness by hanging a monitored fire detector that senses excessive heat and smoke, and pings your round-the-clock monitoring experts when it thinks that there’s a fire.

  • Smart Lock For Every Door: Every doorway that uses a keyed lock can use a smart door lock. Now you can set numbered codes to family and friends and get texts to your phone when your locks are activated. Your smart lock can even automatically open, allowing you to quickly get out when you have a fire or dangerous situation.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Family Room Safety Checklist For Las Cruces

You’ll hang out most in the living room, so it’s the most reasonable place to kick off your home safety renovation. Electronics, like a TV or video game console, typically reside in your living room, making it an alluring space for burglars. Begin with placing a motion detector or security camera in your room, then continue on with the following safety protocols:

  • Motion Detectors: By putting in motion sensors, you’ll get a loud siren if they sense unusual movement in your living room. The best devices are motion sensors that filter out pets or you’ll get your sirens go off every time your pet comes in for a drink of water.

  • Security Camera: An indoor security camera puts a visual on your living room. View live streams of your room so you can know what’s going on from the mobile app. Or chat with your family in the family room with the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Outlet Maintenance: Make sure you protect all your electronics and stop overburdening your circuits with a surge protector. For extra convenience, install a smart plug with a surge protector built-in.

  • Entertainment Center Bolted To The Wall: If you have babies or toddlers, you’ll want to secure your heavy furniture and entertainment center to the wall. This is extra important if your living room uses carpet that might make heavy objects extra unbalanced.

  • Special Locks For Sliding Doors: If your family room uses a sliding door that leads to a patio, deck, or screened-in porch, you already get that the lock is usually flimsy. Use a special lock, like a bottom bar or small locks that secures the door to the top and bottom of the frame.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Las Cruces

Your kitchen has many items that should bring comfort and safety to your house. Some of these things should be easy to add and should be purchased from the a retail store:

  • Fire Extinguisher: Fire can spring up from a neglected frying pan or a faulty burner. Always have a fire extinguisher at hand for any kitchen emergencies.

  • Circuit Interrupter Box On Every Outlet: A GFCI outlet should be standard everywhere they’re close to water to lessen the chance of an electric shock. That includes the outlets by your kitchen counter and sink. For 30 years, it’s been standard to have one circuit interrupter outlet per dedicated circuit. But each one of your outlets will flip off if one outlet sees a surge, so you’ll want to have an unchained GFCI for every outlet.

  • Monitored Carbon Monoxide Detector: A carbon monoxide detector is handy in kitchens that have a gas stove and oven. If your gas lines leak, the carbon monoxide detector will play a loud, buzzing siren and call your monitoring agent.

  • Clorox Wipes Or Spray: The biggest safety hazard in the kitchen is actually bacteria and cross-contamination from raw meat and other foods. Always have disinfectant wipes or a bleach spray to clean your surfaces before and after cooking.

  • Freezer and Refrigerator Alarm: The food items in your fridge have to remain at a cold temperature to be safe to eat. If you leave the fridge or freezer door open, then an alarm beep will let you know so you can check the seal. Some refrigerators come with a pre-installed alarm, older models don’t, and you’ll have to pick up an external alarm from the store.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Las Cruces

Just because you don’t a lot of square footage in your bathroom, you will still have safety concerns. From flood prevention to electric safety, here are some safety improvements for your bathroom:

  • Flood Detectors: A leaking sink or bathtub can create an expensive amount of water damage. Discover a leaking pipe with a flood detector before they cause hundreds to thousands of dollars in damage.

  • No-slip Shower Mats: A slip in the bathroom can be a painful occurrence, causing cuts, bruises, or broken bones. Make sure you prevent these hazards with a non-slip bath mat for after your bath or shower.

  • Non-slip Bathtub Stickers: Another water hazard, a tub basin can be a slippery place to stand in. It’s a good idea that every tub has some textured strips so your feet have a textured patch for stability.

  • Medicine Door Latch: If you have curious children or a family member with memory difficulties, you have to take additional care regarding prescription medicine. Hide away your bottles by getting a medicine cabinet with a latch that locks.

  • GFCI Circuits: Just like the kitchen, you should also use a safer circuit interrupter outlet on every bathroom receptacle. These will stop the flow of the current if water enters the outlet or they experience a sudden spike from an electric razor or hair dryer.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Child’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Las Cruces

Your kid’s bedroom should balance safety with manageability. If their window coverings or other items are safe but tricky to use, then your kids may try unsafe methods -- like shimmying up a bookshelf -- to open them. Here are some simple, and safe, ideas:

  • No Cord Window Coverings: Safety professionals have designated corded window treatments an unsuspecting danger for children and animals. Put in motorized blinds or shades that you can easily manage with a remote. Or even better, link your motorized coverings to your security system so they open automatically when the sun comes up, and go down at bedtime for an easier sleep.

  • Tableside Security Camera: An indoor security camera perched on your child’s dresser can behave as an HD baby monitor that you can view from your phone. And when they want something, they can push the intercom talk button that comes with the camera.

  • Outlet Covers: While every outlet should use outlet safety caps on them to protect your little children, this is doubly urgent in their bedroom. It’s the main place in your house where your children will most likely hang out by themselves without consistent parental supervision.

  • Window Fire Ladder: If you use bedrooms on an upper level, then you need to have a window safety ladder. These should help a young one escape even if the stairway or ground floor are engulfed in smoke and fire. Remember to practice how to unfurl the ladder at least twice a year.

  • Toy Chest Or Low Shelves: It’s weird to think about a toy chest as a safety component, but you’ll see the light if you’ve ever walked on a Lego in your bare feet. A uncluttered floor let your child have a quick way out if there’s an emergency.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist For Las Cruces

The master bedroom should be a refuge, so let your safety components give you peace of mind if you experience an emergency. After all, being jerked awake by a high-decibel buzzer can be quite a shock.

  • Security System Touchscreen: Having a smart hub on your bedside table lets you see what’s happening without getting out of bed. You could also turn on your ADT phone app but, the large touchscreen can be easier to use to use when you’re yawning and confused.

  • Phone Charging Station: We depend on our cell phones for so many things now alarms, news readers, games, and --legend has it-- even phones. The only problem is that a dead phone can cut us off from communications if something goes wrong. To make sure your phone always works, a an easy-to-use charging station becomes should be used nightly.

  • Nightlight/Smart Lights: A plug-in light can calm you when you’re startled awake from a fire alarm or other sounds. If you can’t fall asleep with an outlet light, put in smart lights in your bedroom and hall. Then you can get light anytime with a push of a button or voice direction.

  • Fireproof Lockbox: Store your vital documents like insurance cards, passports, or banking information in a fireproof lockbox. This can be a large one that is located in your closet or a slender portable safe that you can carry on your way out during an emergency event.

  • Temperature Sensor: The problem with bedrooms is that they tend to be too stuffy or be frigid since they sit far from the thermostat. A temperature sensor can communicate to your smart thermostat so you can have a nice, restful sleep at just the right climate.

Garage Safety Checklist

Garage/Basement Safety Checklist For Las Cruces

Most safety needs in the garage or basement deal with your water or HVAC system. Finding problems at the source can prevent more devastating disasters in the future. So, as you take a look around your storage areas, pay attention to these critical items:

  • Flood Sensor Or Sump Pump Alarm: Installing a flood sensor in back of your water heater and sump pump drain can save you from finding a pond when you go into your basement or garage. Do you really want to waste your weekend getting rid of standing water?

  • Carbon Monoxide Alarm: It’s beneficial to have a CO alarm in an area where a natural gas leak can happen. If you use gas heating, try to install an alarm in the same room as your HVAC unit.

  • Wireless Water Shutoff Valve: If your water alarm senses a plumbing leak or a busted pipe, then you need to shut off the primary water valve immediately. With a remote shutoff valve, you can stop water flow from your phone. That’s perfect when you’re visiting relatives and receive an emergency leak text on your smartphone.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage door up leads to all types of problems. You can waste HVAC energy through that open door, and rodents or lurkers can just wander in. A sensor will notify you about a forgotten garage door and allow you to close it through the app.

  • Heat Sensor: A temperature sensor in your basement or garage is handy if you worry about frozen pipes. The heat in these rooms can be drastically different than the main part of the house, so you will need to have a close look on the temperature through your security mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Home Perimeter Safety Checklist for Las Cruces

Your landscaping, drive, and front porch are just as important to make safe as the interior of your home. Use this checklist to create a safe outside:

  • Outdoor Security Camera: You can install outdoor security cameras to alert you to suspicious activity in your yard. These cameras come in handy in places where you may not have a view -- like a side yard or by the garage.

  • Low Shrubs: High bushes can offer some privacy, but they also block your view of the yard. Don’t provide potential thieves an area to hide. Plus, tall bushes or trees too close to your house can obstruct gutters and bring in pests.

  • ADT Yard Signs: One of the biggest discouragements for a thief is alerting potential rogues that you use a monitored security system. An ADT sign by the stoop and a window sticker will alert lurkers that they might want to shove off to an unprotected target.

  • Motion Activated Porch Lighting: Light is the best deterrent to people who lurk in the unlit places. Motion-controlled lights on your deck, porch, or garage can shoo possible intruders away. Flood lights also help you get inside when you come back home late after work.

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

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t deliver each household item on your Las Cruces home safety checklist, we can bring you a customized home security. With everything from alarms to thermostats, we can personalize the best system for your house’s needs. Simply call (575) 224-2547 and talk to a professional or send in the form below. Or personalize your own system with our Security System Designer.