Home Safety 101 - Parker & Sons

Being in the plumbing industry, we are naturally proponents of safety. Often times, disaster can be averted by adhering to a few practical tips. It bring us great joy to share a few of those with you, today.

Avoiding CO poisoning

CO stands for Carbon Monoxide, a deadly gas comprised of one carbon and one oxygen molecule. Odorless, colorless, and non-irritating, it is essentially silent but deadly. It forms when carbon emissions are emitted in a confined space, such as a car exhaust in a garage. Symptoms of CO poisoning include headache, dizziness, fatigue and fainting—in that order. We recommend installing CO alarms in the house to defend against CO poisoning. Also, avoid stumbling drunk into the garage.

Heating Equipment

Heating equipment such as a furnace or radiator can pose a severe threat to the survival of your home. The first thing every homeowner should asses is whether their heater is stabilized. If it looks like it’s about to fall over, then remedy the wobbly heater immediately. This is a no brainer. The best location for a heater is on a hard stabilized surface removed from heavy foot traffic. Also, as a safety precaution, everyone should be alert if they smell any unusual odors, or notice sparks or smoke emanating from their heater.

This may seem obvious to our more reserved customers, but for the sake of thoroughness, it is important to advise customers never to purchase a heater without a seal from a nationally recognized testing laboratory. The seal is a guarantee that your heater has been examined and approved by a licensed, qualified professional. Unapproved heating equipment can devastate if things go awry. Catastrophic fires are not uncommon.

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