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Indoor Water Safety

When most people think of water safety, they think of pools, lakes and beaches. Yet, the bathtub, among other places, in your home can be a dangerous place for both young children and the elderly if not properly supervised. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, between 2006 and 2010 a total of 303 children under age 5 years old drowned in just bathtubs, and if you include children placed in infant bath seats in bathtubs, the total rises to 346.

Though these statistics can be alarming, there are some things that you can do to help prevent incidents in your own home:

Never leave a baby or child unattended in a bathtub. Believe it or not, Infants can drown in as little as 1 inch of water.

Drain your tub immediately after each use. And teach your children to do so as well.

Make sure that any buckets or containers that hold water are always emptied after use and stored upside down.

Close toilet lids and install toilet locks if you have very small children.

Be certain to close the lid on your clothes washer so as not to tempt little ones. And while some parents allow their children to play in the drum of their washer when not in use, remember that the more comfortable a child is there, the more likely he or she may be to try to climb in when you are not around

If possible, keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed. Out-of-sight and out-of-mind is the goal.

Always, always use a safety cover if you have a hot tub or spa in your home. And be certain that your child is always at arm’s length when around a hot tub – just as you would an outdoor pool.

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Avoiding Dehydration on Hot Summer Days

With summer dwindling to a close, many families are trying to maximize their time outdoors before school beckons. Though cool weather will be here soon, summer’s hottest days may very well still be ahead.

Unfortunately, when you mix hot temperatures and outdoor activity, potential dehydration is a risk that you take. Signs of dehydration include dizziness, fatigue, flushed skin, heat intolerance and even confusion.

So when you and your children are outside in the heat gardening, swimming, riding bikes, or whatever activity you choose, taking a few preventative steps could mean the difference between a lovely summer day and a visit to the hospital. Here are just a few things you can do to make sure you are staying hydrated:

Drink water before, during and after any type of physical activity outdoors. If you know that you will be participating in an outdoor sports activity, make sure to drink about 16-20 oz of water about an hour prior to the event. Then, plan to drink about 8 oz every 10-15 minutes, depending on your activity’s level of intensity.

Avoid caffeine which can be found in drinks like coffee, sodas and tea. Though sodas and especially sweet iced tea are a Southern tradition during the summer, it’s best to pass on caffeinated drinks if you plan to be outdoors. These types of drinks tend to pull water from the body that it so desperately needs on extremely hot days.

Avoid alcohol, including beer and wine. Though you may enjoy having an adult beverage while you’re participating in any number of summer activities, the reality is that alcohol and heat don’t mix well. If the weather is especially hot, do yourself a favor and pass on the alcohol that day.

Eat popsicles. Finally! Permission to eat sugar! Seriously, popsicles are one of the best ways to get water into little ones. So open the freezer and

Avoid high protein diets. What? With several weeks still on the calendar before Labor Day, many people are still working on their swimsuit physiques. So if you must, it’s even more important that you drink atleast 8-12 oz (or more!) of water each day.

Wear one layer of light clothing. Make sure your clothes are light and loose fitting — especially if you plan on intense physical activity or being in the sun for a long duration.

And last but not least, stop, sit down and go to an air-conditioned location if you begin feeling dizzy or light headed.

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Some Common Plumbing Myths

 

Indoor plumbing and access to water is one of the great luxuries of the modern world. However, it’s easy to take for granted the complexity of the plumbing mechanism unless it stops working. Below are a few common plumbing myths debunked to help prevent problems for your plumbing system now and in the future.

 

Myth: Flushable wipes are perfectly okay to flush down your toilet.

Fact: The truth is that “flushable wipes” can cause stress to your plumbing system. These wipes do not disintegrate properly and can cause blockages over time. The bottom line is that whether they are for your face or for your baby/toddler, it’s best to trash them and not flush them.

 

Myth: Normal to have low water pressure occasionally.

Fact: If you have low water pressure, you have an issue somewhere. Whether it’s a leak or a growing clog, any low water pressure should be investigated. It’s better to find a leak early, before it has time to cause greater damage, including mold growth.

 

Myth: Citrus peels are good for your drain and disposal.

Fact: Peels from lemons, limes, etc. may reduce bad odors, but they are not necessarily good for your disposal. Reality is that sometimes disposals don’t handle citrus rinds or peels very well and you then create a problem rather than fix one. The only thing that will really do the job without harming your disposal is an appropriate disinfectant and soap and water.

 

Myth: If water is going down your drain, then everything is functioning properly.

Fact: There can be a buildup down the line that will grow over time that you are unaware is present. If you are putting things down your drain, such as grease, oil or other liquids or foods that are not friendly to plumbing, beware. Your plumbing will at some point “bite back.”

 

Myth: Wire hangers are a good alternative to a professional “snake”

Fact: Wire hangers can damage your plumbing lining. While many people have used this method over the years, wire hangers can absolutely damage the inner surface of your plumbing.

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Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!