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Plumbing Safety

Tips for Baby-Proofing Your Home

Exploring her new world

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.

Home Safety Tips – National Safety Month

Baby in bath

Did you know, about one third of all injuries occur in the home and that some of the most common ones are entirely preventable? From slips and falls to toxins and burns, it’s important to take preventative measures to ensure your home is safe.

In honor of June being National Safety Month – we want to encourage you run a safety check on your plumbing, heating, and cooling systems to avoid any unnecessary situations:

Slips and Falls

  • Install grab bars and non-slip mats in your tub or shower. Use a bathmat with a nonskid bottom and clean up any water that gets on the floor right away.
  • Remove any and all clutter from stairs and include nightlights in hallways, bathrooms, and bedrooms.

Toxins

  • Make sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are unobstructed and that their batteries are fully charged and working properly.
  • Mold can be a serious health issue, so be sure to check for leaks often. Leaks can develop throughout the home and should be addressed immediately to avoid serious water damage and mold growth.

Burns

  • Prevent scalds or burns by simply lowering the temperature of your water heater. Not only will this decrease your accident risk – but you will be saving money on your electric bill as well!

For over 25 years, Patterson Plumbing has been Pueblo, Colorado’s go to company for plumbing, heating, cooling, water treatment, and remodeling 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.

Eye Safety At Home

Worker

The month of October accounts for numerous national awareness topics and events including National Home Eye Safety Month. According to PreventBlindness.org more than 94,000 adults and children were treated for eye injuries in 2013. It is our goal to help spread awareness about preventing eye injuries by taking the proper precautions while working around your home.

Number One Rule: Wear Safety Goggles.

When doing any sort of work that can potentially damage or harm your eyes, it is imperative that you wear safety goggles. Plumbing is a job that puts your eyes at risk of an injury more often that you may think. For examples of common plumbing tasks that produce a high risk of eye injury, see below:

  • Snaking a drain.
  • Using a drill.
  • Using a sawzall.
  • Hammering.
  • Working under a sink.

There are plenty of additional circumstances that can pose a threat to your eyes. Besides wearing safety goggles, you should always read warning labels and installation guides and practice extreme caution when performing any sort of manual labor, or dealing with harmful chemicals.  Don’t become another statistic, protect your eyes!
At Patterson Plumbing & Heating our plumbers, drain cleaning techs and home heating and air conditioning professionals can repair any problem with your home’s plumbing, furnace, boiler or air conditioning. Give us a call today at 719-544-4922.

National Safety Month – Home Safety Tips

June is National Safety Month, and while there are many ways of practicing safety in your daily life – it’s important to keep yourself and your home safe. Now is a great time to keep in mind ways to stay safe from indoor air pollution and how to come out injury free in your next DIY home repair project.

Keep indoor air quality up to par by:

  • Change air filters regularly and be sure to vacuum coils on your AC, refrigerator, and other appliances to reduce contaminants and keep them running efficiently.
  • Ensure all air vents, interior and exterior are dust and debris free.
  • Have a Patterson Plumbing & Heating professional asses your air quality needs. We’ll give your air duct system a full inspection to determine the level of contamination and follow a precise process for maximum cleaning results.
  • Make sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are unobstructed and that their batteries are fully charged and working properly.

Keep your plumbing in tip-top shape by:

  • Checking your pipes for leaks or bulges. A small leak can turn into a costly problem, and be threatening to your home.
  • Prior to starting any repair, make sure to always know where your water supply shutoffs are located; including the main water shut off, toilet, and sink valves.
  • If your plumbing repair is near an electrical source, make sure you turn off the power to that source so you avoid getting electrocuted.
  • You should always be careful when working with pipes that could steam or have scalding hot water. Make sure you wear eye/face shields and insulated gloves.

Finally, some jobs should be left to the professionals. While you may be perfectly fine to handle regular maintenance tasks, larger projects can be done by one of our experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating to ensure it is done quickly and correctly, the first time.