BE AWARE ~ BE SAFE!
Saturday and Sunday, July 14th and 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Awareness.
Did you know? An estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by home fires, however, nearly 1,000 house fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners’ pets, according to a new data analysis by the National Fire Protection Association.
We want you and your furry friends to be safe and have a few tips to keep in mind and help you out that we got from The American Kennel Club
Keep your pets safe
- Keep Pets Near Entrances When Away From Home – Keep collars on pets and leashes at the ready in case firefighters need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
- Secure Young Pets – Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.
- Since Pets Left Alone Can’t Escape a Burning Home – Consider using monitored smoke detectors which are connected to a monitoring center so emergency responders can be contacted when you’re not home. These systems provide an added layer of protection beyond battery-operated smoke alarms.
- Affix a Pet Alert Window Cling – Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Make sure to update the number of pets listed.
Leave it in your wallet, purse or glove compartment so if an emergency should arise – you can find solace in knowing that your emergency contacts will be reached. Also giving it to a close neighbor and alerting them you have pets is a good idea as well.
Sometimes the person we want caring for our pet may be someone outside the family (some family members are the first to take beloved pets to the shelter when owners cannot care for them!) – so while your family may be called on your behalf for your health and well being – this card will allow you to designate a specific pet care provider who can care for your pet in your absence.
List your best friend, a rescue colleague, veterinarian or anyone who cares for your pet as much as you do!