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baby safety month

November is Child Safety & Protection Month

Two children playing with electricity

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.

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Tips and Tricks to Baby Proof Your Home


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:


  • 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


  • 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!