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When Gerry and I owned our business years ago, we took every precaution to avoid any unnecessary issues since we worked with pets, in their own homes. We created processes and procedures to make sure that we and our staff cared for our pet clients as if they were our very own. It seemed like we were always spotting “almost emergencies,” and “dodging bullets” from the moment we stepped into many homes. There are so many things that are visible to the naked eye, that can be avoided, if you just take a moment to scan a room.
Being from a family that includes firefighters who also serve as first responders, I feel as though we always have our finger on the pulse of what we need to do to be ready in case of an emergency. When our family has gatherings, we always overhear their work stories of how there was an incident where someone left something plugged in and there was a fire, or someone fell over something that should not have been there… the obvious hazards that one would think of to avoid in their home.
As a pet parent to our sweet Betty White, we feel we take those precautions on the regular. We scan the room for cords she may find interesting to chew on, keep plants out of the home that may be poisonous, candles out of reach that may cause a fire, and of course, we have our doggy cam, where we can watch her when we are not home, but the with all the precautions we take, the one thing that we are unable to use our eyes to scan the room to detect is carbon monoxide (CO). Reason being is because carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odorless, and tasteless gas that can be produced from any fuel burning device in your home. Imagine that! So, for someone like me, who is already stressed out about what in the world I could possibly miss, that could be harmful to Betty White, especially in our home, I want to be able to protect her from that. Especially, now that we, and a significant amount of people are using these methods to heat their homes in the cold winter months.
Attention pet parents, and everyone else- the only way to detect carbon monoxide (CO) in your home is to install carbon monoxide alarms. In fact, you should install one on every level of your home and in each bedroom of your home. Here is a fact that will get you thinking, according to the CDC, 2/5 of CO exposure occurs during December, January, and February, so guess what, this is the perfect time for you to get on your plan for purchasing one right now, if you haven’t already! No scare tactics here, this is just advice from one pet parent (or human if you’ve got ‘em) to another. 😉
We have the First Alert Carbon Monoxide Alarm with 10-Year Battery and Digital Temperature Display, which includes no set-up and no battery replacements for a decade, umm, yes please! Seriously, if it took a 3-day set-up, we would have done it for our B-dubs, let’s not kid ourselves, but bonus, it didn’t. All jokes aside, ever since we have had this, we have slept better, and when we are not home, we feel better knowing that Betty is safe and sound. We compare it to taking care of our mental wellness. We talk about that in our other blogs, controlling the things we can control. Why worry about things that we cannot control, right? When you have a mechanism in place that can take a worry away from you, then you are taking that stressor off your plate. We feel that having the First Alert Carbon Monoxide Alarm does that for us. First Alert does a really great job at not only educating consumers about their products, but by also providing resources for whole family safety. They have a plethora of information that can be found here.
We hope that you take this time to practice mindfulness, safety for your family, furry and non-furry. Check those alarm systems in your home, and if you don’t have a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm, get one today. Seriously, right now, finish this blog, click this link, order it, and take care of it right now.
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