Your ADT Home Safety Checklist
Your concern for home safety is one we take seriously. We know that practically every adult has at some point or another wondered about the possibility of coming home to find that they have been the victim of a burglary. Concern about your risk of fire and theft is natural. That’s why millions of Americans have turned to ADT for home security protection.
Affordable enough for any budget, ADT protection is well worth the investment. Experience, technology and care for your safety come together to create the Always There® experience of ADT.
In addition to an ADT home security system there are other things you can do to reduce your risk of becoming a victim of home invasion. Below are the top 10 home safety tips that every household should put in place.
- Lock the Windows and Doors: While rather obvious, it is surprising how often even those claiming to be concerned with home safety leave their windows and doors unlocked. This is a major advantage for thieves. Before you leave your home, make sure all windows and doors are locked every time.
- Candles, Irons and Stoves: Anytime you leave the house, whether for a couple of hours or for a vacation, take the time to check that all candles are extinguished, stoves are turned off and irons, space heaters and curling irons are unplugged. Ensure that incense and cigarettes are also properly put out and safely disposed of. This will help you reduce your risk of fire.
- Deadbolts: All your exterior doors should have solid deadbolts for maximum home security. However, be sure the deadbolts you buy are not the ones that need a key to open from inside. Such locks become a safety hazard in the case of a fire.
- Sliding Windows and Doors: Convenient for the homeowner, sliding windows and doors are also convenient for criminals. You can thwart a thief by putting a length of wood, metal or pipe in the runner to block it from opening. This will stop anyone from opening those doors and windows from outside.
- Garage Doors: If you are not at home, be sure your garage door is firmly closed and locked. Keypad entry codes should be a secret and should be changed often to prevent the wear patterns from enlightening an intruder to your secret code.
- Lighting: There is no better deterrent to thieves than light. Scare home invaders off with motion activated lighting outside your home. Put your indoor lights on a timer if you are out of town gives the appearance that someone is at home. Using lighting effectively will protect you whether you are at home or away.
- Lawn Maintenance: An unkempt lawn is a sure sign that no one is at home. When away, make sure your yard is maintained. This means grass cut, leaves raked or snow cleared. You should also make sure that shrubbery near your house is cut back to eliminate hiding places for intruders. Keeping a clear year free of yard clippings and leaves will also reduce your fire risk.
- Newspapers, Mail and Deliveries: Another big flag that no one is home is stacks of newspapers, deliveries, a stuffed mailbox or notices of missed deliveries on your door. Put mail and newspaper delivery on hold if you are planning to go away for even a short period. Ask neighbors or friends to check on your home, removing any notices, deliveries or anything that might give away your absence.
- Smoke Detectors: Home safety and fire safety go hand in hand. Be sure that you have sufficient working smoke detectors installed throughout your home. Test them often and change batteries regularly so if you need them, they will be able to alert you and your family to danger. One of the top causes of serious injury and death in fires is faulty smoke detectors.
- Monitored Home Security Systems: It’s a fact. Intruders are deterred by home security systems. When they see that a home has monitored home security systems and alarms, they turn tail and look for an easier target. Just be sure to arm it before you leave home. An unarmed system is much less effective than an armed one!
Your 10 Ten Fire Prevention Tips For Increased Home Safety
- Be sure that every level in your home has a working smoke detector. ADT brings you added home security by connecting your smoke detectors to your security system. Not only will alarms from one detector be heard more easily all over the house, the system will contact you and then emergency responders. In order to increase the chance of catching smoke before it becomes fire, install photoelectric and ionization smoke detectors.
- Create an escape plan that is detailed, well-thought-out and known by every member of your household. In fact, every person in your home should know of two exits from every single room in the house, as well as escape routes in case major exits are blocked. Determine a safe outdoor meeting place in case of a fire. Have at least 2 fire drills with your family every year, so you can practice getting everyone to safety.
- Clean up yard waste around your home regularly. This is especially important in drier climates and during the summer. Dry, dead yard waste is highly flammable.
- Consider fireproof roofing material for renovations, new home building or if you are planning to buy a home. It will add an extra level of safety and protection to your home. The use of such materials may even earn you rebates or tax credits.
- Heat sources that are on should never be left unattended. This includes, but is not limited to, curling irons, straightening irons, outdoor grills, stoves and clothes irons. Such items are amongst the leading causes of fires in the home, so turn them off if you cannot give them the necessary attention. For heated hair appliances be sure to leave them on surfaces that do not conduct heat.
- Candles are a huge fire hazard. Always blow them out before leaving a room, leaving your home or going to bed. Candles should always be placed on a flat, stable surface that is not at risk of tipping. Keep candles away from bedding and draperies. Keep lighters, matches and candles out of the reach of children.
- Make sure that the exit points of your home are easily accessible. This means no furniture blocking doors or windows, no windows nailed shut and no deadbolts that require a key to be used on the inside of the door.
- Ensure that the numbers on your house are large enough to be seen and are illuminated so that they can be easily read by rescue workers or firemen on the street. This can prevent your home from becoming a total loss in a fire.
- Refrain from storing dirty, oily rags or shop towels near old paint in your garage because it makes a highly flammable combination. If your garage is attached to your home, it should also have a smoke detector installed in it. A garage is full of flammable items. Another good addition to any garage is a carbon monoxide detector which can also be connected to your home security system.
- Ensure that all members of your household are completely at ease with using your ADT home monitoring system. If your system is armed and a fire breaks out, the ADT monitoring team will notify the local emergency responders, so that you can potentially save your home and belongings from the ravages of fire.