And, if your dog is barking, please go check it out. Don’t assume everything is OK. Please don’t yell "be quiet" to your canine without first checking out why he or she is barking. I recently read an article in a newspaper where a Siberian Husky barked to alert her owners that there was danger: their house was on fire. The dog managed to wake the family who were all able to escape. Unfortunately, the Sibe did not make it. If she had not alerted her family, the outcome could have been even more tragic. This Sibe is truly a canine hero. Her first instinct was to save the family she loved, and that she did honorably.
So let’s all remember to do a thorough check when turning on cooling equipment to avoid any accidents. Here are a few safety reminders (in no particular order):
- Have an escape route planned for both family and pets.
- Have window clings for your children AND for your pets. These vinyl window signs adhere to a window alert fire personnel of your pets’ whereabouts in the home and the number of pets; dog, cat, or other. (See my blog on National Pet Safety Day to find out how to get the pet window clings).
- Have a fire extinguisher nearby.
- Keep unused outlets closed with child safety caps to keep pets out of the sockets.
- Keep emergency numbers on hand, such as the fire department. Have the numbers programmed in your cell phone so you can call when you are safely out of the house.
- Keep your pets’ leashes and medications nearby so you can grab them on the way out, and leash your pets once outside so they don’t run away during all the commotion.