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National Pet Fire Safety Day

July 15, 2015, marks National Pet Fire Safety Day in the United States. According to the National Fire Protection Association, each year an estimated 500,000 pets are affected by home fires and approximately 1,000 of these fires are started by pets themselves. These statistics highlight the importance of pet fire safety in keeping animals and homes safe from accidental fires.

Prevent your pet from accidentally starting a fire

Implementing the following precautions can help to reduce the risk of pet-started fires in your home.

  • Remove or cover stove knobs. Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a stove top is the number one piece of equipment involved in pet-started fires.
  • Extinguish flames. Be sure to extinguish any open flame (including fire places) before leaving your home.
  • Invest in flame-less candles. These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats in particular are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.
  • Beware of water bowls on wooden decks. Do not leave a glass water bowl for your pet outside on a wooden deck.  The sun’s rays when filtered through the glass and water can actually heat up and ignite the wooden deck beneath it. Choose stainless steel, wooden, or ceramic bowls for your pet instead.

Ensure pet safety at all times

In the event of an actual home fire, taking the following precautions will help in the evacuation of family pets.

  • Secure young pets. Puppies and kittens are especially curious. To keep them from potential fire-starting hazards it may be safest to put them in crates or use baby gates to keep them in secure areas while you are away.
  • Keep your pets near entry/exit points when you are away from home. When you are out of the house, keep your pets in rooms with a door/window that directs outside. This will make it easier for fire fighters to rescue your pets if needed.
  • Practice escape routes with your pets. Keep leashes and collars close to exits in your home and practice fire drills periodically with your pets so they also know what to do in case of an evacuation.
  • Invest in a Pet Alert window cling. Having a Fire Emergency Window Cling on windows near the entrance to your home will help fire fighters know exactly how many animals are in your home. Be sure to keep the number of pets updated.

Pet owners can also educate and train themselves on pet first aid and emergencies by utilizing the Pet First Aid & Disaster Response Guide and Pet Emergency Pocket Guide.

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CPR and AED Awareness Week: How Proper Training Saves Lives

On December 6, 2007, Congress passed a bill that designated the first week in June as “National Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Week.” This designation is intended to promote the necessity of CPR and AED training and to reduce death from sudden cardiac arrest.

There are countless examples of ways in which CPR and AED training has saved lives all over the United States. Here are just a few examples that stand out:

  • In Jacksonville, Florida Boy Scout Leader, Jose Lepervanche was camping with his troop in Georgia when he suddenly collapsed. After calling 9-1-1, scouts came to Lepervanche’s aid using a recently purchased AED and saved his life. Cardiac-related incidents are the number one reason for reported fatalities within the Boy Scouts, highlighting the importance of CPR and AED training. Learn more.
  • In Manhattan Beach, California fifteen-year-old Madi Giese was working at a tennis tournament when one of the competitors collapsed. Giese’s junior lifeguard training kicked in and she immediately began to perform CPR on the fallen girl:

    “I did about 12 or 13 pumps on her chest, she coughed and then began breathing again. The paramedics were there right away and took over. I didn’t think about it at all at the time, I just saw she needed help and there were literally 25 to 30 people there, and I was shocked that I was the only one who knew CPR…It’s a valuable skill that I learned from participating in the Junior Lifeguard Program. I’ve been doing it every summer since I was 5 and this goes to show they teach valuable skills that can empower even a teenager to save someone’s life."

  • In Milwaukie, Oregon freshman baseball player, Jackson Elkins, fell to one knee and then completely collapsed while having a heart attack in the middle of a game. Athletic trainer Erika Irwin first thought that Elkins was suffering from heat stroke but quickly realized that his heart was not beating. Irwin fell back upon her training to start CPR while another coach called 9-1-1 and a student retrieve the portable AED machine. Irwin, who trains regularly,  had only received re-certification within 90-days of the incident. Elkin’s father, Derrick, does not believe his son would have survived without trained staff and a portable AED device:

    “They truly saved my son's life."

Click here for training resources and ECSI Education Centers in your area that offer CPR and other life-saving training.

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Celebrate National CPR and AED Awareness Week with ECSI

National CPR and AED Awareness Week will run from June 1-7, 2015. All Education Centers are encouraged to generate public awareness for this important initiative. 

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Log into the Members Center of the ECSI website and click on “Marketing Tools” to download and customize the flyer for free today!


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