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November is Child Safety and Protection Month

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While you may not realize it, there may be some hazards right in your own home – especially where your children are concerned. November is the official month for Child Safety and Protection, making it the perfect time to go over a few tips on how to keep your little one out of harms way.

Avoid falls—

  • Keeping areas such as the stairs and landings illuminated will give your child good visibility and help prevent a nasty spill.
  • Clutter isn’t fun to look at nor is it safe when you have a child roaming. Designating a spot for your children’s toys and teaching them to always put them away is an easy way to avoid a fall.

Unintentional Poisoning—

  • It is not uncommon for a child to try and go into places they are not supposed to. Cabinets containing cleaners, medication and other potentially harmful substances should always be out of reach or have a safety lock.
  • Having the Poison Control Centers number readily available is important for unexpected accidents. (1-800-222-1222)

Fire and Burns—

  • Ensure that your smoke alarms are working by testing them each month.
  • Make a fire evacuation plan with your children so they know exactly what to do and where to go in case of a fire emergency.
  • Keep your hot water heater set at 120ºF.

Choking and Suffocation—

  • Coins, garbage bags, latex balloons and hard round foods should be kept in a place that is unreachable by a child.
  • When you put your child to sleep, make sure you lay them on their backs. You’ll also want to make sure that your child’s crib is free of excess objects to avoid choking.

 

With the right preparation, your home will be safe for kids to roam. If you notice anything unusual about your plumbing or HVAC systems while taking the steps to improve safety, contact us. At Patterson Plumbing & Heating, we’re available for all of your plumbing and heating needs. Give one of our expert technicians a call today: 719-544-4922. Don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more updates and industry news.

Tips for Baby-Proofing Your Home

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With young children in a home, it’s important to remember how dangerous ordinary things can quickly become. In honor of National Baby Safety Month, we want to provide some tips on baby-proofing your living space, at least where your plumbing and heating is concerned:

Cover Pipes. Exposed pipes can pose risk, especially the hot water pipes leading to your radiator. Securely cover them with pipe insulation to avoid burns.

Install Toilet Locks. Toilet seats and covers are blunt and heavy, that last thing you want to risk is your child squishing their fingers or even falling into the bowl and getting stuck. A baby proof toilet latch is the best way to keep your child safe.

Make Use of Baby Gates. Baby gates can easily block off areas of the home that aren’t appropriate for playtime, like the laundry room or surrounding stairs.

Secure HVAC vents. Ensure your air vents are screwed in tight, if they are lose their edges can pose risk. You may also want to use plastic air vent covers to prevent little ones from putting things inside.

Lower the Heat. To prevent scalds and burns, lower your water heater’s temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and to play it safe, continue to check the temperature of the water during bath time.

With the right preparation, your home will be safe for kids to roam. If you notice anything unusual about your plumbing or HVAC systems while taking the steps to baby proof, contact us. At Patterson Plumbing & Heating, we’re available for all of your plumbing and heating needs. Give one of our expert technicians a call today: 719-544-4922. Don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more updates and industry news.

November is Child Safety & Protection Month

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September brought Baby Safety Month, and now – we have child safety and protection month. The goal of this month is to create awareness about the potential dangers children face in everyday situations, including around the home.

As parents, we try to protect our children from all the dangers of the outside world, but sometimes we forget what could cause harm right in our own homes! Here are five tips to keep your child safe under your own roof:

  1. Install safety gates before your children start crawling to keep kids out of harms way (including at the top and bottom of all stairs)
  2. Keep storage bins around to hold all toys and supplies, preventing anyone in the home from tripping
  3. Cover up and lock it up. Any outlets should be covered and locks should be included on anything that can open (cleaning supplies under the kitchen sink? Don’t need little hands going in there).
  4. Be cautious of choking hazards. From coins, to jewelry, to crayons, to food – anything little can easily be swallowed, and just as easily lodged.
  5. Set your hot water heaters no higher than 120 degrees F to prevent burns, and consider spout guards on the bathtub faucet to manage the temperature of your child’s bath.

At Patterson Plumbing & Heating, we’re available for all of your plumbing and heating needs. Give one of our expert technicians a call today: 719-544-4922. Don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more updates and industry news.

Tips and Tricks to Baby Proof Your Home

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Did you know September is National Baby Safety Month? Whether you have little ones in your home or are inviting guests with children over, it may be wise to check over things to ensure safety.

A child’s curiosity can certainly place him/her in some risky situations – take the steps to baby proof your house now to avoid a trip to the emergency room later:

Plumbing

  • To prevent scalds and burns, lower the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Install toilet locks
  • Use a thermometer to check the temperature of the bath water
  • Be sure appliances, like hair dryers, are stored away from the bathtub
  • Put a water spout guard or cover on the bathtub faucet – there are even some that have a color coded temperature display

Bathrooms

  • Use a vented ceiling fan to keep your bathroom dry
  • To prevent slips, place floor mats and area rugs (with rubberized backings) around the toilet, tub, and sink
  • Install safety bars around the bath tub

Heating and Air Conditioning

  • Opt for plastic air vent covers to prevent your child from putting things inside (avoid metal covers as those can get very hot)
  • Fireplace in your home? Use bumper guards around the brick or stone and/or install a gate!
  • Confirm the utility area is locked safely
  • When it comes to outdoor HVAC units – install fencing and be sure to keep the area locked

Within moments of looking away a child can hurt themselves. We hope the above tips help minimize the dangers that are present in your home.

If you notice anything unusual while baby proofing your space, give the experts at Patterson Plumbing and Heating a call. We’re available for all of your plumbing emergencies and needs!