Pet Safety Tips
Home fire monitoring systems, in addition to smoke alarms, can better protect pets left inside while owners are away from the home. People should be extra vigilant about practicing escape procedures for all family members, including pets. They should equip their homes with the latest in fire-safety technology, especially during the summer when more families are away from their homes. One of the hallmarks of responsible dog ownership is keeping pets safe and planning for unexpected emergencies, including house fires.
Pet Safety Tips
- Extinguish Open Flames - Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
- Pet Proof the Home - Take a walk around your home and look for areas where pets might start fires inadvertently, such as stove knobs, loose wires and other potential hazards.
- Secure Young Pets - Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home.
- 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. You can obtain a free window cling by going to www.adt.com/pets
- Keep Your Information Updated - Fire-fighters are familiar with pet alert window clings so keep the number of pets listed on them updated. Knowing the accurate number of pets in the house can help rescuers in finding all of your pets and provides important information so that fire-fighters do not put themselves or others in danger when rescuing pets.
- Install Smoke Alarms and Ensure They Always Have Working Batteries – Change the batteries in your smoke alarm twice a year and test it monthly to ensure it is functioning.
- Consider Monitored Smoke Detection Services – Security companies, such as Tyco, provide monitored smoke detection services to alert fire departments in an emergency. This service could provide added protection for pets.