December 2010 Issue

Fire Safety: Protect Your Pets

By making a plan of action today, you may potentially be saving your catís life in the future. Hereís why.

It may be human nature to postpone preparing for a disaster, but itís vitally important that you take time now to put a plan in place before a fire occurs. Start by installing smoke detectors throughout your home and make sure the batteries are functioning properly. Change the batteries twice a year or more frequently if the smoke detector "beeps" to warn you that battery power is low. Many people put in new batteries when they change their clocks for daylight savings time. Next, gather together other essential supplies: cat litter, litter box and scooper, collars and up-to-date identification tags and/or microchips (with your cell phone number as you may not be reachable at home), a weekís supply of food (remember a can opener and spoon for serving wet food), bottled water, medications, current photos of your cats for ID purposes, and a few toys, towels and blankets.

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