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Home Safety Checklist For Myrtle Beach

Being safe in your residence should be your topmost concern. But are you missing some big safety components? Use this home safety checklist for Myrtle Beach and discover where your home needs some work.

This guide begins with a few whole-home safety ideas, and then we delve down on a room level. Then, you can call (843) 310-1682 or complete the form below for more information.

Whole Home Safety Checklist

Basic Home Safety Checklist for Myrtle Beach

While you will want to take a room-by-room approach to home safety in Myrtle Beach, there are some items that are good for the whole house. These components can link together through a touchscreen hub, and oftentimes work off other things. You might also control each of your home safety components using a mobile app, like ADT Control:

  • Monitored Home Security System: Each one of your windows and doors should have a sensor that warns your family to forced entry. As an alarm triggers, your monitoring agent answers the alert and immediately sends a first responder.

  • Smart Lighting For Each Room: Of course, you can schedule your smart bulbs so your home is more energy-efficient. But smart lights can also allow you to stay safe in an emergency. Have your downstairs lights flash on when an alarm trips to scare off robbers or brighten the way out to a outside place.

  • Smart Thermostat: Like your smart lights, a smart thermostat in Myrtle Beach should save you between 10%-15% in energy costs. Also, it can start your exhaust fan when your alarms senses 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 utilizing a monitored fire detector that looks for excessive smoke and heat, and pings your 24/7 monitoring experts when it thinks that there’s a fire.

  • Smart Locks: Every door that utilizes a keyed lock can be made safer with a smart door lock. Now you can program codes to family and friends and receive alerts to your mobile device when your locks are activated. Your smart lock can even automatically open, helping you to quickly leave when you have a fire or dangerous situation.

Family Room Safety Checklist

Family Room Safety Checklist For Myrtle Beach

You’ll spend most of your time in the living room, so it’s the perfect place to start making your home more secure. Highly sought after items, like your TV or stereo system, probably sit in your living room, making it a tempting space for thieves. Begin with installing a motion sensor or indoor security camera by the doorway, then take a look at all these suggestions:

  • Motion Detectors: By hanging motion detectors, you’ll get a high-decibel siren if they detect unexpected movement within your family room. The best devices are motion sensors that filter out pet movements or you’ll see your sirens go off each time your pet passes through for a midnight stroll.

  • Indoor Camera: An indoor security camera gives you an eye on your family room. Get live feeds of your room so you can see what’s downstairs from the mobile app. Or chat with your kids in the living room with the two-way talk feature.

  • Surge Protector/Cord Maintenance: Safeguard all your electronics and quit overburdening your outlets with a surge protector. For additional convenience, install a smart plug with anti-surge functionality included.

  • Entertainment Center Secured To The Wall: If you have babies or toddlers, you’ll want to secure your bookshelves and entertainment center to a wall. This is especially crucial if your family room uses carpet that can make objects extra unbalanced.

  • Special Locks For Sliding Doors: If your family room has a sliding door that opens to a patio, deck, or porch, you probably get that the lock is fairly worthless. Install a special lock, like a metal bar or small locks that bolt to the bottom and top of the frame.

Kitchen Safety Checklist

Kitchen Safety Checklist For Myrtle Beach

The kitchen has many items that should bring safety to your house. Most of these things are also simple to add and can be found in the a retail store:

  • Fire Extinguisher: Fire can come from from a neglected skillet or an errant grease splatter. Always store a fire extinguisher at the ready for any kitchen mishaps.

  • GFCI Box On Every Outlet: A circuit interrupter outlet should be installed anywhere there’s nearby water to ward off a deadly shock. That means the plugs close to your kitchen counter and sink. Since 1987, it’s been standard to have one circuit interrupter outlet per dedicated circuit. But if you don’t want all your outlets to go dead when one outlet trips, try to have a separate GFCI for every outlet.

  • Monitored Carbon Monoxide Detector: A CO detector is handy in the kitchen if you employ natural gas for the oven and stove. If your gas burners leak, the CO detector will play a loud sound and ping your monitoring expert.

  • Disinfectant Wipes Or Spray: The most overlooked safety hazard in the kitchen is actually bacteria and cross-contamination from blood from meat and dairy. Always keep antiviral wipes or a bleach spray to clean your surfaces after cooking.

  • Refrigerator/Freezer Alarm: The items in your fridge have to remain at a constant temperature to be safe to use. If you leave the freezer or refrigerator door open, then a small beep will tell you to close the door. Some fridges already have a pre-installed alarm, others won’t, and you’ll have to get a refrigerator alarm from online.

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathroom Safety Checklist For Myrtle Beach

Just because you may not have a bunch of room in your bathroom, you will still have safety hazards. From water problems to anti-surge outlets, here are five safety tips for your bathroom:

  • Flood Sensors: A leaking sink or shower can lead to extensive damage. Get alerted early about leaks with a flood detector and save the time and money from damage.

  • Textured Bath Mats: A fall in the bathroom can be devastating, causing cuts, sore joints, or broken bones. Make sure you steer clear from these hazards with a textured bathroom mat for while you towel off.

  • Textured Bathtub Stickers: Like a tiled floor, a bathtub can be a slippery area to be on. It’s a good idea that each tub has some no-slip stickers so your feet have a rough patch for stability.

  • Medicine Door Lock: If you have little kids or a family member with memory lapses, you should take additional precautions regarding medicine. Hide away your bottles by using a medicine cabinet with a latch that locks.

  • Circuit Interrupter Outlet: While installing better outlets in the kitchen, you will have to also put in a safer GFCI outlet on every bathroom circuit. These will stop the flow of the electric current if water splashes on them or they experience a sudden jolt from a curling iron or hair dryer.

Child's Bedroom Safety Checklist

Children’s Bedroom Safety Checklist For Myrtle Beach

Your kid’s bedroom should pair safety with manageability. If their window coverings or other items are safe but hard to operate, then your child may perform risky methods -- like scale a chest of drawers -- to open them. Here are some easy, yet safe, ideas:

  • Cord-Free Window Coverings: Safety professionals have identified cords from shades and blinds an unsuspecting danger for both children and pets. Use motorized treatments that your child can easily manage through a remote. Or go state-of-the-art and pair your motorized treatments to your ADT smart hub so they can raise on a schedule when the sun comes up, and close in the evening for added darkness.

  • Tableside Security Camera: A security camera perched on your child’s dresser can behave like a baby monitor that you can view with your phone. And when they want you, they can use the 2-way talk button included on the camera.

  • Outlet Covers: While each outlet should use outlet safety caps on them to protect your small children, this is especially important in their bedroom. It’s the one room in your home where your children will most likely be solo without constant parental supervision.

  • Window Escape Ladder: If you have bedrooms on above the first level, then you will want to have a window escape ladder. These can let your children escape when the stairway or lower levels are blocked off with fire. Just remember to practice how to unfurl the ladder a few times a year.

  • Toy Chest Or Low Bookshelves: It’s interesting to think about a toy chest as a safety device, but you’ll get it if you’ve ever stepped on a Lego in your stocking feet. A clean floor let your child have a quick escape when there’s an emergency.

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist

Master Bedroom Safety Checklist For Myrtle Beach

Your main bedroom should be an oasis, so let your safety devices make you more responsive when you have an emergency. After all, being jerked awake by a high-decibel buzzer can be disorienting.

  • Security System Touchscreen: Having a smart hub on your dresser helps you know what’s happening without leaving your bed. You could alternatively turn on your ADT mobile app. However, the touchscreen may be faster to use when you’re yawning and disoriented.

  • Phone Charging Stand: We use our phones for so many things now GPS, web browsers, social media, and sometimes even phones. But, a dead cell will cut us off from reaching help if during an emergency. 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 small light can be a beacon when you’re startled awake from an alarm or other loud noises. If you won’t drift off to sleep with an outlet light, put in a smart bulb in your bedroom. Then you can get light anytime with a button push or voice command.

  • Fireproof Safe: Store your vital papers like birth certificates, stock certificates, or a spare checkbook in a fireproof safe. Your safe can be a big one that sits in your closet or a smaller handheld lockbox that you can snatch as you escape during an emergency event.

  • Heat Sensor: The problem with a master bedroom is that they tend to be too warm or be frigid since they are located far from the thermostat. A temperature sensor can communicate to your smart thermostat so you should have a comfortable, relaxing sleep at a wonderful temperature.

Garage Safety Checklist

Basement/Garage Safety Checklist For Myrtle Beach

Most safety needs in the garage or basement have to do with your pipes or HVAC system. Discovering issues at the source can prevent bigger problems later on. 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 in back of your water heater or sump pump can prevent you from wading into a mess when you step into your basement or garage. Do you really want to spend your weekend bailing out water?

  • CO Detector: It’s smart to install a CO alarm in areas where a gas leak can occur. If you use gas heat, try to put a detector in the same place as your unit.

  • WiFi Water Shutoff Valve: If your water alarm detects a plumbing leak or a burst pipe, then you will have to cap the primary water valve immediately. With a WiFi shutoff valve, you can turn off your water flow from anywhere in the world. That’s nice when you’re on vacation and receive an emergency leak alert on your phone.

  • Garage Door Sensor: Leaving the garage up causes all types of issues. You can lose heat or air through that open door, and critters or thieves can just wander in. A remote sensor will alert you to a neglected garage door and allow you to close it remotely.

  • Temperature Sensor: A heat sensor in your basement or garage is a definite if you worry about freezing pipes. The heat in these rooms can be wildly different than the rest of the house, so you will need to keep a closer eye on the temp through your mobile app.

Outside perimeter checklist

Outside Safety Checklist for Myrtle Beach

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

  • Outdoor Security Camera: You can place outdoor security cameras to alert you to suspicious movement in your back yard. These cameras are nice in areas where you may not have a view -- like around a cellar or by the garage door.

  • Low Shrubbery: Overgrown bushes can create some serenity, but they also block your view of the outside. Don’t give potential thieves an area to hide. Plus, high bushes or trees too close to your home can clog gutters and invite pests.

  • ADT Signs And Decals: One of the largest disincentives for a thief is advertising to potential burglars that you use an updated home security system. An ADT sign by the main walk and a window sticker will tell people that they might want to keep walking to an less prepared house.

  • Motion Activated Flood Lighting: Light is the best deterrent to people who sneak around in the unlit places. Motion-triggered lighting on your porch, garage, or deck can frighten lurkers away. Lights also help you work the locks when you arrive to the house late after work.

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

While Secure24 Alarm Systems can’t install non-security devices on your Myrtle Beach home safety checklist, we can install a powerful security system. With alarms, security cameras, and home automation, we can customize the perfect system for your house’s needs. Just contact (843) 310-1682 for more information or send in the form below. Or personalize your own ADT system with our Security System Designer.