Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Tips to prevent your pet from starting a fire in your home.
It is estimated that 500,000 pets are effected by home fires. It is also estimated that 1,000 house fires each year are accidentally started by the home-owners' pet. This month's newsletter is to educate all pet owners on how to prevent their pets from starting fires, as well as keeping them safe. Some of these tips come from the ADT Security Services.
1. Extinguish open flames. Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in the fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flames before you leave your home.
2. Remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before you leave the house. A store or cook top is the number one item involved in your pet starting a fire.
3. Invest in flameless candles. These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle.
4. Keep pets near entrances when away from home. Keep collars on pets and leashes at the ready encase firefighters need to rescue your pet. When you leave your pet at home, keep them in areas near entrances so firefighters can find them.
5. Secure young pets and puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home. You can put them in a crate or behind a baby gate in secure areas.
6. Affix a pet alert window cling. Write down the number of pet inside your home and attach it the front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets.
Remember we are not professional doctors, and you should always read instructions and talk to your vet about what is best for your pets.
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Johnny & Connie