Every business needs a mascot (or three), and it seems as though after more than 15 years in business, US Fire Protection has found ours. A few weeks ago, just as Thanksgiving was wrapping up around the country, a group of our employees stumbled upon a family of homeless cats near our Northridge, California warehouse. Since discovering this lovable little family, we’ve moved the kitties into our warm, dry warehouse, where they receive plenty of love and care from our employees.
Though we’re still on the hunt for forever homes for this cuddly little family, in the meantime, they’ll be enjoying all the food and love they need. Of course, as we see each of these cats go to a good home, we’ll be working to make sure that their new families are keeping them safe by practicing proper pet fire safety. After all, fires impact more than half a million family pets every single year.
Here are some tips you can keep in mind this holiday season to keep your beloved pets safe.
Think twice about candles
As much ambience as a burning candle can lend a room during the holiday season, some pets (especially cats) can find themselves enamored of the flame. That can lead to problems like your cat pawing at the candle. You can still get the same appeal as candle lighting with an electric candle. It’s an excellent alternative that you won’t have to worry about burning down your house.
Secure or hide electrical cords
If there’s one thing that you can count on, it’s that animals like to chew on stuff. Whether it’s a curious puppy or a troublemaking kitty, everything is asking to be bitten or chewed. That includes your home’s electrical cords. Frayed electrical cords pose a threat not only to your pet, but to your home as well.
If you notice that the family pet is attempting to play with an electrical cable, here’s what to do. First, secure the cord, then provide either a chew toy or some other diversion to distract your pet from the cord.
Don’t leave an open flame
It’s never a good idea to leave a room where an open flame is burning, but that goes double for a home with pets. Whether it’s a scented candle or a roaring fire, you should never leave an open flame unattended.
Keep leashes, collars and harnesses near the front door
Cat owners: even if your cat never leaves the house, you should ensure that they have a harness and leash for emergencies. Not only will they come in handy during a fire, for example, but a handy leash and harness is great if and when your kitty scampers out the front door without permission.
For more pet fire safety tips or information about how you can protect your home or business—or if you’re interested in adopting a cat this holiday season—reach out to US Fire Protection today!
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