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Lincoln County Maine Emergency Management
Monday July 12th, 2010 :: 01:02 p.m. EDT


Lincoln County Animal Response Team (CART), To Mark National Pet Fire Safety Day”

With July 15 declared as “National Pet Fire Safety Day,” Lincoln County’s Animal Response Team (CART) is teaming up with the American Kennel Club, ADT Security Services and the National Volunteer Fire Council to help reduce the estimated 500,000 pets which are affected in home fires each year by distributing free static window clings to area pet owners.

Tragically, the numbers of pets killed or injured in home fires are expected to rise this summer as more people spend time away from their homes, leaving pets all alone.

“People should equip their homes with the latest in fire safety-technology and be vigilant about practicing escape procedures for all family members, including our beloved pets,” said Betsy Pratt, Director of the CART team.

Team member Kathy Williams also added, “We encourage pet owners to use a window cling, posted near the front of the home, to help local firefighters quickly identify the accurate number of pets inside so they can be rescued once the humans are safe.”

As part of a public service to the community, ADT Security is offering the window clings for free at .

Here are some practical tips from the National Volunteer Fire Council, The American Kennel Club and ADT Security to keep pets safe from house fires:

* Extinguish Open Flames - Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.

* Pet Proof the Home - Take a walk around your home and look for areas where pets might start fires inadvertently, such as the stove knobs, loose wires and other potential hazards.

* Secure Young Pets - Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home.

* Keep Pets Near Entrances – When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.

* Practice Escape Routes with Pets – Keep collars and leashes at the ready in case you have to evacuate quickly with your pet or firefighters need to rescue your pet.

* Keep Your Window Cling Information Updated - Firefighters are familiar with pet alert window clings so keep the number of pets listed on them updated. Knowing the accurate number of pets in the house aids rescuers in finding all of your pets and provides important information so that firefighters do not put themselves or others in danger when rescuing pets.

Lincoln County Maine Emergency Management
34 Bath Rd
Wiscasset, ME 04578

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 207-882-7559

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