Just like kids, your pets need a safe home to live in. Just like a curious toddler pets can get into everything! So here are some tips to keeping your four-footed children safe in your home. The first thing you may want to do is get down on all fours and paw your way around your home looking for potential pet hazards. By taking the time to look at your home through your pet's eyes you will be able to more likely spot possible problem areas. -Take precautions with your plants. †Many common house plants are poisonous to pets when chewed or ingested. Check your plants and either eliminate toxic plants or move them to a safe area away from pets. -Lock your cabinets. Just like you would for a young child lock up medications, and keep household and lawn chemicals out of reach from pets. -Install toddler safety gates to keep animals in safe areas only. -Move the trashcan to a location that your pet cannot access. Food wrappers and some foods like grapes and raisins are harmful for pets. Put your trash in a locked cabinet if possible. -Look for strangulation hazards. Curtains and blind cords should be tied up and kept out of your petís reach. -Tuck away and hide wires and cords that are often temptation for pets who like to chew. -If you want to be extra-cautious, consider keeping your pets in a crate when you have to leave the house.
When the power goes out dangers can rise. Often times there are dangers that you don't expect. Here are some tips to keep you safe when the power goes out. If you encounter down power lines: Stay away from power lines they could be live. Call 911 if a person comes in contact with a power line. Do not touch the person as the electric current could flow through you. If your vehicle comes in contact with a power line, stay inside the car.†If you must leave your car, jump clear to avoid being in contact with the car and the ground at the same time. If you lose power in the summer: Close drapes and blinds on the sunny side of your home. Find an air conditioned building like a shopping mall to cool down. Drink plenty of cool liquids even if you donít feel thirsty. Eat light and opt for foods high in water content such as fruits, salads and soups. Take baths and showers (water conducts heat away from the body). If you lose power in the winter: During the day, open your blinds to let the sun warm the space. At night, cover windows with drapes or blankets to minimize heat loss. Place heaters on a hard, non-combustible surface. If the indoor temperature drops to 55 degrees F, open faucets slightly so they drip to prevent pipes from freezing. Never use a gas range or charcoal for indoor heating. Keep a gas powered generator at least twenty feet away from your home.