Just bought a home? Congrats! But there’s actually more to think about than picking out new paint colors, finding the perfect place for the living room couch and setting a date for that housewarming party.

From the locks to the smoke detectors, use this new home checklist to know exactly which safety precautions to take before settling into your abode:

1. Change the locks

You never know who has a copy of the previous homeowner’s key, so start your new home checklist by changing the locks on all exterior doors. Deadbolts provide the most security against break-ins and sometimes come with grade ratings from 1 to 3, with 1 being the strongest. And while you’re changing the locks, reprogram your garage door opener, too.

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2. Test the smoke detectors (and not just the batteries)

The previous owner might not have been diligent about maintaining the home’s smoke detectors, so be sure to test them and replace any dead batteries. But keep in mind the device’s test button only confirms power. Here’s a pro tip for your new home checklist: Use canned smoke—available at most home improvement stores—to test that the smoke detectors can actually detect smoke.

3. Be prepared in case of fire

Since it can take a while to get used to the layout of a new house, ensure your family knows what to do in an emergency. Plan the quickest and safest escape route for each family member and establish a meeting place outside. As another part of your new home checklist, ensure every floor of your home is equipped with a fully charged fire extinguisher.

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4. Find the fuse box and shutoffs for gas and water

Don’t get stuck searching for the fuse box in the dark or hunting for the water shutoff as your basement becomes a pond. Instead, learn where these things are as soon as you move in, so you can head right for them should the need arise. You can even have your home inspector point them out to you during the inspection.

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5. Take inventory of your belongings

There’s no better time to take stock of your things than when they’re all boxed up and (at least somewhat) organized. But don’t use this chance only to ensure everything made it through the move without damage. You can also update your home inventory—important if you ever need to file an insurance claim. Take photos of important individual items, as well as shots of entire rooms and serial numbers.

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