ADT® Authorized Dealer Serving Entire Peoria Metro Area

Home Safety Checklist For Peoria

Being safe in your home should be your number one priority. But are you missing a few key safety components? Use this home safety checklist for Peoria and discover where your home needs an update.

We give you a few whole-house safety techniques, and then we whittle it down on a room level. Then, contact (309) 316-6084 or fill out the form below for additional information.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

Basic Home Safety Checklist for Peoria

While you will want to take a room-by-room approach to home safety, there are a few things that work for the entire house approach. These devices can talk with one another through a wireless hub, and often can react to other things. You might also manage every one of your home safety components with a smartphone app, like ADT Control:

  • Monitored Home Security System: All your windows and doors should have a sensor that notifies you to forced entry. When the alarm triggers, your monitoring team picks up the alert and quickly calls a first responder.

  • Smart Bulbs For Most Rooms: Of course, you can program your smart lights to become more efficient. But smart lights can also allow you to stay safe during an emergency. Have your lights flip on when a sensor triggers to shoo off robbers or light the way out to a secure location.

  • Smart Thermostat: Like your smart lights, a smart thermostat in Peoria could save you up to 15% in gas and electric spending. But it also can turn on the exhaust fan if you have a fire.

  • Monitored Smoke Detectors: At the very least, you need to have a smoke detector on every level. You can increase your fire readiness by hanging a monitored fire detector that detects both heat and smoke, and alerts your 24-hour monitoring agents when it senses a fire.

  • Smart Lock For Every Door: Every door that uses a keyed lock can upgrade to a smart door lock. Now you may assign numbered codes to each family member and get notifications to your smartphone when your locks are used. Your smart lock can even automatically unlock, letting you quickly get out when you have an emergency.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Family Room/Living Room Safety Checklist For Peoria

You’ll spend a lot of time in your living room, so it can be the best room to optimize your home safety. Electronics, like a TV or video game console, usually sit in your living room, making it a tempting area for thieves. Begin with placing a motion sensor or indoor security camera in there, then try some of these suggestions:

  • Motion Detectors: By hanging motion detectors, you’ll hear a shrieking alarm if they sense suspicious motion within your family room. The best devices are motion sensors that aren’t set off by pet movements or you’ll have a tripped alarm each time your dog roams by for a midnight stroll.

  • Indoor Security Camera: An indoor security camera puts a visual on your living room. View live feeds of the area so you can find out what’s happening without leaving your bed. Or speak with family members when they come home from playing by using the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Cord Maintenance: Make sure you protect expensive electronics and quit overburdening your outlets with a surge protector. For added energy-efficiency, set up a smart plug with anti-surge functionality in the unit.

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

  • Special Locks For Sliding Doors: If your living room has a sliding door that slides out to a backyard, deck, or screened-in porch, you already know that the lock is pretty worthless. Put in an enhanced lock, like a bottom bar or small locks that bolt to the top and bottom of the door frame.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Peoria

The kitchen has plenty of items that should provide safety to your home. Most of these things are also a snap to add and should be found in the a retail 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 at hand for any kitchen mishaps.

  • GFCI Box On Every Outlet: A GFCI outlet should be used everywhere they’re close to running water to prevent an electric shock. That includes the outlets around your kitchen counter and sink. Since 1987, it’s been standard to have one circuit interrupter outlet per circuit. But for simplicity’s sake, you’ll want to have an unchained GFCI for every outlet.

  • Monitored CO Detector: A CO detector is recommended for the kitchen if you have natural gas for the oven and range. If your gas lines spring a leak, the carbon monoxide detector will cause a high-decibel noise and ping your monitoring expert.

  • Cleaning Wipes Or Spray: The biggest safety issue in the kitchen is the invisible bacteria and protein from uncooked meat and other foods. Always have disinfectant wipes or a bleach spray to sanitize your area after cooking.

  • Refrigerator/Freezer Alarm: The food items in the refrigerator have to remain at a chilly temperature to stay safe to eat. If you accidently leave the fridge or freezer door ajar, then an alarm beep will let you know so you can check the seal. Some appliances come with this installed, older models won’t, and you’ll have to buy a refrigerator alarm from online.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Peoria

Just because there’s not a lot of space in your bathroom there’s still safety hazards. From flood prevention to electric safety, here are some safety tips for your bathroom:

  • Flood Detectors: A leaking sink or shower can create an expensive amount of damage. Discover a water problem with a flood detector before they generate hundreds to thousands of dollars in ruined floors, walls, and fixtures.

  • No-slip Shower Mats: A slip in the bathroom can be painful, causing pulled muscles, bruises, or broken bones. Make sure you steer clear from these issues with a no-slip bath mat for your wet feet.

  • Non-slip Bathtub Stickers: Likewise, a tub can be a slick surface to stand in. Make sure each bathtub has some non-slip stickers so your toes have a rough patch to grip.

  • Medicine Door Lock: If you have curious children or anyone with memory complications, you should take extra precautions regarding prescription medicine. Hide away your bottles by getting a medicine cabinet with a locking latch.

  • Circuit Interrupter Outlet: Just like the kitchen, you will have to also install a grounded circuit interrupter outlet on each bathroom circuit. These will cut the current if water splashes on them or you have a harmful surge from a curling iron or hair dryer.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Kid’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Peoria

Your kid’s bedroom should counterbalance safety with simplicity. If their window shades or other things are safe but hard to operate, then your child may try risky methods -- like climb a dresser -- to open them. Here are 5 easy, yet safe, ideas:

  • Cordless Window Coverings: Safety experts have identified corded window treatments a secret danger for children and animals. Install motorized blinds or shades that you can easily control via remote control. Or better yet, link your motorized coverings to your security system so they open on a schedule when the sun comes up, and go down at bedtime for added darkness.

  • Indoor Security Camera: An indoor security camera perched on your child’s dresser can act like a baby monitor that you can watch from your phone. And if they want something, they can push the 2-way talk button on the camera.

  • Outlet Plug Covers: While every outlet should have covers on them when you have young children, this is especially urgent in their bedroom. It’s the main place in your home where your children will most likely hang out solo without adult supervision.

  • Window Fire Ladder: If you have bedrooms on the second story, then you will want to install a window escape ladder. These should let your children leave the house even if the hallway or ground floor are engulfed in smoke and fire. Just remember to go over how to employ the ladder at least twice a year.

  • Toy Chest Or Low Bookshelves: It’s strange to look at a toy chest as a safety device, 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 retreat if there’s a safety or security event.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist For Peoria

The master bedroom should be your calm space, so let your safety devices give you peace of mind when you have an emergency. After all, being wrenched awake by a loud alarm can be quite a shock.

  • Security System Touchscreen: Having a touchscreen on your nightstand lets you see what’s happening without jumping out of bed. You could always use your ADT smartphone app but, the touchscreen can be better to use when you’re yawning and finding your bearings.

  • Personal Charging Stand: We rely on our cell phones for so much now GPS, web browsers, social media, and maybe even phones. However, an uncharged phone can cut us off from communications if there’s a problem. To keep it nice and ready, a an easy-to-use charging station is an essential.

  • Nightlight/Smart Lights: A plug-in light can be a beacon when you’re jolted awake from a fire alarm or other sounds. If you have trouble falling asleep with a nightlight, use a smart bulb in your fixtures. Then you can control light anytime with a push of a button or voice command.

  • Fireproof Lockbox: Store your vital papers like insurance cards, stock certificates, or a bankbook in a fireproof lockbox. Your lockbox can be a bigger one that is located out of the way or a slender portable lockbox that you can carry on your way out during a fire or other emergency.

  • Temperature Sensor: The issue with bedrooms is that they might be too stuffy or be chilly because they are located far from the thermostat. A temperature sensor can communicate to your smart thermostat so you can have a comfortable, restful sleep at a wonderful temperature.

Garage Safety Checklist

Garage/Basement Safety Checklist For Peoria

Most safety problems in the basement or garage have to do with your pipes or HVAC system. Seeing hazards at the source can prevent bigger disasters in the future. So, as you look around your storage areas, check over these critical items:

  • Water Detector Or Sump Pump Alarm: Putting a flood alarm in back of your water heater and sump pump drain can stop you from wading into a mess when you walk into your garage or basement. Do you really want to waste your night bailing out water?

  • Carbon Monoxide Detector: It’s smart to install a carbon monoxide alarm in an area where a gas leak can spring up. If you employ gas heating, you should put an alarm in the same place as your inbound pipes.

  • Wireless Water Shutoff Valve: If your flood alarm finds a plumbing leak or a busted pipe, then you will want to cap the primary water line immediately. With a remote shutoff valve, you can block water flow from anywhere in the world. That’s helpful when you’re out of town and receive a flood sensor alert on your phone.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage open brings about all types of issues. You can lose heat through that gaping hole, and rodents or lurkers can just walk in. A sensor will text you about an open garage door and allow you to close it with your phone.

  • Heat Sensor: A temperature alarm in your basement or garage is essential if you worry about frozen pipes. The temperature in these areas can be surprisingly different than your main rooms of the house, so you will want to maintain a closer eye on them by using the ADT mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Home Perimeter Safety Checklist for Peoria

Your front yard, drive, and front porch are just as important to secure as the inside of your house. Try this checklist to make your outside safe:

  • Outdoor Camera: You can place outdoor cameras to alert you to late night activity in your back yard. These cameras are nice in places where you might not have a window installed -- like around a cellar or by the garage.

  • Low Bushes: Tall foliage can give you some solitude, but they also obscure your view of the yard. Don’t provide potential thieves a place to hide. Plus, large shrubs or greenery too close to your structure can obstruct gutters and summon bugs.

  • ADT Signs And Decals: One of the largest disincentives for a thief is telling potential rogues that you use an updated home security system. An ADT yard sign by the stoop and a window sticker will tell lurkers that they ought to move on to an less prepared house.

  • Motion Activated Flood Lights: Light is the best enemy to those who skulk in the shadows. Motion-controlled lighting on your deck, porch, or garage can shoo lurkers away. Lights also help you get inside when you get to the house on those dark, winter nights.

Call Secure24 Alarm Systems To Help Complete Your Home Safety Checklist for Peoria

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t deliver each household item on your Peoria home safety checklist, we can bring you a powerful home security. With alarms, security cameras, and home automation, we can install the perfect system for your home’s needs. Just phone (309) 316-6084 and talk to a professional or fill out the form below. Or personalize your own solution with our Security System Designer.