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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.

Should You Leave Your AC on During a Thunderstorm?

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When thunderstorms creep into the forecast, the air is often hot and humid – the prime setting for keeping cool in your air conditioning. However as much as you may want to sit back and relax in the AC, keeping your unit running during a storm could be dangerous. Consider these reasons:

With thunder, comes lighting. Lightening is possible whenever you hear thunder. In fact, bolts can strike 10 miles or more from their point of generation and while a strike is rare, they are certainly possible. One strike to your electric could cause 5 billion joules of energy to surge through your wiring – toasting your AC unit.

Surge protectors don’t ward off a lightening strike. These devices are used for protecting appliances against power spikes, not the surge of a lightening strike. Even if your unit is plugged into a surge protector, if lightening hits your electric damage could still be done.

The damage done. While air conditioners are electrically insulated for safety, a strike to your electric could melt the plug and damage the electrical circuits in your unit’s control panel. If you have a central cooling system with an outdoor compressor, lightening could knock out the controls to your entire system if it hits while the unit is running. Repair will be a major one.

Whether you have a central air system or a window unit, air conditioners normally aren’t vulnerable to rain. In fact, running your system while raining can be beneficial as the evaporative coils inside the home draw moisture from the air and lower the humidity, which can make the space more comfortable on warm days.

If you have additional questions about your home’s air conditioning system, contact the heating and air experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating. We’re the Pueblo, Colorado area heating and air conditioning specialists, offering upfront pricing and clean and courteous technicians. Call and make an appointment that’s convenient for you today! 719-544-4922.

Home Safety Tips – National Safety Month

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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.

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.

National Electrical Safety Month

On average, adults sleep about 8 hours each night – spending at least 1/3 of their day in the bedroom. Unfortunately, we are most vulnerable while asleep – which is why bedroom safety is crucial. Even though National Electrical Safety Month is coming to a close, it’s important to practice these safety tips not only in the bedroom, but other rooms where these apply as well:

  1. Before installing a portable air conditioner, check that the electrical circuit and outlet are able to handle the load.
  2. Large window A/C units should have their own separate electrical circuit so the system is not overloaded.
  3. Air conditioners should be cleaned at the beginning of every season to keep them running safely and efficiently.   http://pattersonplumbing.com/prepare-air-conditioning-summer/
  4. And for an energy saving tip: If you have a portable air conditioner, turn it off when a room will be vacant for a few hours. You’ll use less energy cooling the room down later than if you had left the unit running.

When it comes to air conditioning questions or concerns, the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating are here for you. Our certified technicians have extensive experience and knowledge of all types of air conditioners and are ready to diagnose your problem and repair it in a timely and professional manner. We’ll discuss your cooling system options and assure the best replacement for your home’s unique cooling needs and prepare a firm upfront, no-surprises cost proposal. Call us today!

For more household safety tips please visit the Electrical Safety Foundation International.