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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.

Fire Safety This Holiday Season

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It’s the time of year to deck the halls of your home in festive decorations, enjoy moments with friends and family, and partake in seasonal events and traditions. It’s easy to get caught up in the flurry of excitement, but it’s also extremely important to remember your safety, especially where fire hazards are concerned.

Christmas trees, menorahs, fireplaces, candles, and lights, are just a few things that come to mind when thinking about holiday decor and unfortunately, holiday home fires are a common occurrence. Head into this season with these preparedness tips from the American Red Cross:

  • Keep holiday decorations (like trees and candles) at least 3 feet away from heat sources in your home.
  • Don’t use any holiday decorations with frayed electrical cords and be sure to unplug your lights before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Keep curious children and pets away from trees and ensure your tree stands are sturdy enough to not tip over.
  • Keep anything that could catch fire – pot holders, oven mitts, food packaging – away from your stove top.

Additionally, smoke alarms save lives. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen, on each level of your home, and near bedrooms (inside and outside if you sleep with doors closed). If you already have smoke alarms installed, use the test buttons and ensure batteries have been replaced.

For more information on fire safety during the holidays, please visit redcross.org.

Here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating, we are the Pueblo, Colorado area home heating repair, maintenance, and replacement experts.  Our certified technicians have extensive experience and knowledge of all types of home heating systems – boilers, furnaces and heat pumps. We’re ready to diagnose your home heating problem and repair it in a timely and professional manner. Give us a call today!

Protect Your Home from Heating Accidents

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As you know temperatures have been fluctuating quite a bit this week, from the 30s to the forecasted 60s later on. While we still have chilly nights on the horizon, it’s important to keep warm – but to do so while also knowing how to protect your home against potential heating system accidents.

In fact, the month of February is reported to be among the top three months where the most home heating equipment fires occur. Thankfully, with the below proper safety precautions, you can keep your home and family perfectly safe and warm until springtime:

  • Anything that can burn, keep at least three feet away from furnaces, fireplaces, wood stoves and portable space heaters.
  • Have one of our expert technicians at Patterson Plumbing & Heating install space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment to your home.
  • Schedule an annual inspection every year with one of our trained experts.
  • Don’t forget to turn off any portable heaters when leaving or going to bed.
  • Install and maintain carbon monoxide (CO) alarms to avoid the risk of CO poisoning, and be sure to test smoke alarms at least once a month to avoid any problems.

Keep your home warm and safe by properly taking care of your heating system and the surrounding space. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an inspection, don’t hesitate to give us a call today at 719-544-4922!