Monday, July 16, 2012

Pet Fire Safety - and a GIFT!

With much of the U.S. heartland in a severe drought, the danger of fire is on the increase. In fact, it's become almost commonplace lately to see fire advisories posted for our area by the National Weather Service.

National Pet Fire Safety Day is sponsored annually by the National Volunteer Fire Council, ADT Security and the American Kennel Club (AKC). Since we were participating in the Blog the Change event yesterday, we missed Fire Safety Day. So we're naming today Belated Fire Safety Day!
The apartment complex where Sebastian & CJ lived, Feb 24

We care deeply about fire safety. We have seen, up close and personal, what it's like to lose everything you own - and to lose a beloved pet. If you've been following this blog for a bit, you know we're referring to the fire that destroyed the homes of bloggers Sebastian and CJ. That same fire took the life of CJ's older brother Cosmo.

Ever since that tragic event, I have wanted to design a pet alert sign that you can print off and post in the windows of your home. Unlike other pet alert signs, this one would allow you to customize it, so you can let firefighters know exactly who needs rescuing inside.

You'll find these signs below, at the end of today's post. It's our gift to you.


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We also learned a thing or two during this year's National Pet Fire Safety Day, and we wanted to pass this info along to you:

New data from the National Fire Protection Association indicates that almost 1,000 fires each year are accidentally started by pets. This surprised us! At least until we read the story posted by the AKC about a curious dog named Lucy. 

All Lucy wanted was to sample that yummy cake her humans had left on the stove. As she reached up to snag a bite, her paw knocked the knob and turned on a gas burner. Within minutes the house was filled with smoke. Fortunately, the owners had a security service that called the local fire department. Lucy was rescued and the fire put out. (read more here)




It never once occurred to us to remove stove knobs to prevent such a thing from happening. Thanks, AKC, for sharing that info!


Water as a fire hazard?

Yep, you read that right! We were shocked to learn that you can actually cause a fire by placing a bowl of water out on your deck. Seriously. 

If your pet spends any amount of time outdoors - or if you're just trying to be kind to neighborhood pets and wildlife - you probably have a water bowl placed conveniently nearby.

Believe it or not, that can actually pose a fire hazard. There's a potentially dangerous combination that the National Volunteer Fire Council urges you to avoid, and that's water in a glass bowl.

A glass bowl filled with water can have a magnifying effect when placed on a wooden deck. Both water and glass can filter the sun's rays in such a way that they can ignite the wood beneath.

So please choose a ceramic or stainless steel bowl instead (and please... for your pet's sake, place it in the shade!).

You can read more about fire safety awareness at the CATalyst Council, at 1-800 Pet Meds and at AKC.org.  



We've mentioned this before but we're taking this opportunity to mention it again: be sure to have a pet emergency kit stored near your main exit, and think through how you will respond should an emergency such as a fire occur in your home. 


Our Gift to You

For the longest time, we've wanted to make window signs that leave space for you to tell firefighters exactly what pet or pets you might have inside.

So we created these printable alert signs with enough white space for you to write in exactly what kind of pet - and how many! - your firefighters need to rescue.

(We've even considered printing off small photos of  Allie, Maxwell and Faraday and adding them to the white space, so there's no confusion!)

All you need to do to download these signs is to right click and select "Save image as." This will download a JPG file to your computer that you can then print and hang prominently in a window or two.

Taking them to a print shop and having them laminated might be even better!  If you'd like a higher resolution file, please email us by clicking on the Contact Us tab at the top of our blog. 

We'll be happy to send you a higher resolution PDF file - just specify which one, dog or cat (or both!).


The ASPCA also offers free generic Pet Alert decals that will adhere to any surface. Visit their web site to order their free Pet Safety Pack.

Please stay safe during these hot summer months!  

32 comments:

  1. Wow, we had no idea that a bowl of water could start a fire!!! Great post friends, thank you for the pet alert signs, very thoughtful of you.

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  2. My have never thought of that a glasbowl actually can start a fire !
    Lucky us we don´t neither a glasbowl with water or a woodenporch :)
    Your signs are really GREAT !
    My mom have saved one down to our PC , now all I have to do is put a claw in her but and make her print and laminate it too ;-)

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  3. Thanks for the great info. We never would have thought about the glass bowl on a deck. just scary......

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  4. Great information! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  5. These fires make us realise how lucky we are across the pond. Although we have had no summer just grey skies and endless rain at least we are safe, We feel for all those who have suffered and all those who worry. Brilliant idea the poster is. Have a great Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Thanks Molly! We miss visiting your blog these past few days - we gonna make Mommy spend some blog time with us tomorrow to catch up with everyone!

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  6. Thank you so much! You did a fantastic job on the sign.

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    1. FaRADaY: *blush* THANK you!
      Maxwell: *baps Faraday* DUDE! That's Momma's work, not yours!

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  7. Who would have thought water in a glass bowl in the outdoors could ignite a fire? Thank you for this post. It's very informative. And thank you for the Pet Alert signs! Hmm...we'll have to make one for the rabbit, guinea pigs and tortoise. :D

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  8. What a great post! e has signs on our door with our names on them but me likes these ones better, they is so much more colorful!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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    1. FaRADaY: HI NELLIE!!! WE MISS YOU!! We gonna Inform Mommy she needs to get over to your blog TOMORROW and catch up on all the news!!

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  9. This is great advice! And it's nice to have an alternative to those decals - from my human's experience, they do not "adhere" very well to the windows.

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    1. MOL, ours either! Big monster packing tape works tho (MOL)

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  10. This is a wonderful post! THANK YOU for this great information. We never knew a glass bowl full of water could cause a fire (makes sense, but who knew?).

    We like those pet alert signs very much, adn appreciate that you acre so much about all of us, your friends.

    Big hugs!

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  11. I knew about spectacles causing fires, but not water!! Of course, that makes sense. Thanks for the info and the posters xx

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  12. I did know about turning the stove on, especially dangerous if kitty is on the stove while you are away! But who would think a bowl of water could do harm! Thanks for the warning sign.

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  13. The signs are pawsome! We need a kitty one. Great job guys on the sign and the post.

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    1. Pumpkin, we'll get mommy to send tomorrow. She'll DM you if she can't find your e-addy!

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  14. Great tips!
    Your pal,
    Cosmo Havanese

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    1. HI COSMO!! *waves paws wildly* How are you??? We gonna come over & visit tomorrow & catch up!

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  15. you are very kind, and of course, talented. I will use the cat sign as we do not currently have one in our front door window. Mom said she had a kitchen fire here 6 years ago. The firefighters knew there were 3 cats inside, but they still had to throw open all doors, sliders, windows and of course off came all the screens. Mom thought she had lost her indoor cats for sure. But, as soon as they could she and Dad closed all doors and windows, put some screens back on so they could have air flow...and eventually found every cat...safely tucked down low under beds and couch. whew...

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    1. Oh my CAT! Your mom & dad musta been REEEALLY skeered! So glad all cats present and accounted for! *gulp!*

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  16. I would love one of these signs. Our email is mrpippip(at)gmail(com). We had a very similar experience with the stove. Rosie jumped up and turned the burner on. She singed her whiskers, but fortunately no fire!

    Your pal, Pip

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  17. WOW!!!! This was INCREDIBLE! Shared it everywhere!!!!!!!! I am definitely going to print those signs. THANK YOU!!

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    1. Maxwell: *scuffs paw shyly* aw shucks...thanks!

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  18. Thank you for this I definitely want a High res Cat one * nose taps *

    @DashKitten

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    1. Dash! Canz U get Whskr to DM us the email addy? We'll send tomorrow!

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  19. Thank you for spreading the word about pets and fires! The signs are pawsome!

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  20. This is a life-saving GOLDMINE of information, Kitties. Thanks a MILLION!!!

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  21. Seriously - wow. This is a great post, so many things we wouldn't have thought of. Thank you for posting the signs as well, we've been trying to find some here with little success!

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  22. What a FABULOUS post! It's not fun to think about these things, but you're reminding us how important it is. And we HAD NO IDEA about the glass bowl! Wow...that's an eye-opener.

    Thank you for the decal designs! We just recently installed a security and fire alarm system and have put new security stickers in our windows. This will be a perfect addition.

    xx, Glogirly

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