An ADT monitored home security system is a great start toward protecting your home and family from intruders, fire, and other emergencies, but there are a host of additional things you can do to help keep your loved ones safe.


  • Use motion-sensors on exterior lighting to minimize places where intruders can hide.

  • Install heavy-duty deadbolts (at least 1-inch) on all exterior doors.

  • Never open your door before checking to see who it is first. Always ask for and verify proper identification from any service personnel asking to enter your home.

  • Do NOT leave extra keys in any outdoor location. If you feel the need to have extra keys available, leave a set with a trusted neighbor or a friend instead.

  • Sliding glass patio doors should be secured by placing an appropriate length of pipe or metal bar in the middle bottom track of the door slide.

  • Always keep garage doors closed when not in use.

  • In rooms where you keep expensive stereo or computer equipment, keep drapes and blinds closed.

  • Cash, jewelry, and other valuables should be stored in a safe or at your bank in a safety deposit box. Do NOT leave valuable items around your home.


  • If you are buying, building or renovating your home, make sure to look for fire resistant roofing materials.

  • Do NOT leave candles or other fire burning unattended. Be sure to douse cigarette or cigar butts with water before putting them in the trash.

  • Never leave an iron unattended and be sure to unplug it when you are finished using it.

  • Do NOT leave food cooking on the stovetop or outdoor grill unattended. Be sure that you have turned them off after use.

  • Take care to clear and properly dispose of dry leaves or other dry vegetation from your yard and other areas near your home.

  • Get a trash can with a tight-fitting lid and be sure that it is kept closed. Store firewood and other combustibles away from the house.

  • Make sure you have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home, and near or inside every bedroom. Test the alarms monthly to make sure they are working, and replace the batteries once a year (it’s easier to remember if you do this when setting clocks for daylight savings time).

  • Your house number should be clearly visible, so that firefighters and other emergency responders can quickly identify your home.

  • Create a fire escape plan with your family. Map out 2 exits from each room and pick a meeting place outside. Hold family fire drills at least two times a year to be sure you keep in practice.


The chime feature lets me know when the kids are coming and going. This is something that I now depend on.   -Brenda
I called on Tuesday and they were able to get someone out to my house on Wednesday (next day).   -Gary
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