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Halloween Pet Safety Tips

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Halloween Pet Safety Tips

 

Many people think about their child’s and other childrens’ safety when it comes to celebrating Halloween, but how many think of their pets? This week we shared some tips from an article at PetMD to help keep your pets safe during the Halloween holiday celebration.

– Keep Candy Out of Reach of Your Pet. Chocolate and candies containing xylitol can be deadly to your pet. Keep candy in sealable containers rather than the trick-or-treat bags.

– Keep Your Pet Indoors on Halloween. Leaving your pet outside during the holiday could allow the pet to be taunted/abused/killed or could cause the pet stress and they could react negatively. Be smart, keep them indoors.

– Keep Your Pet Secluded Indoors. Just as with the Fourth of July holiday, you want to minimize your pet’s exposure to loud sounds and lights. Put them in a back room with the lights turned down and soothing music to keep them calm.

– Keep the Glow Sticks Out of Reach. Even though most glow sticks are non-toxic, the taste of the material may make your pet ill or stress them out with the glow stains on their paws/face. Get them to drink water or a small meal to help get the taste out of their mouth.

– Keep the Display Vegetation Out of Reach. Pumpkins, gourds, & uncooked corn could cause intestinal issues for your pet if ingested in large pieces. They can also develop mold growth that could be toxic to them.

Be sure to check out the full article from Pet MD for the rest of these wonderful tips to keep your pets safe on the Halloween holiday.

 

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Fall Fire Safety Tips

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Fall Fire Safety Tips

October is National Fire Prevention Month, which makes sense because the nights are getting cooler and many will be turning on their furnaces or using their wood stove/fireplace for the first time of the season. We found tips from the Madisonville Fire Department’s website for keeping you, your loved ones, & your property safe:

– Inspect Furnace/Fireplace/Wood Stove. We mentioned this on a previous podcast, but it’s still good information to refresh your memory. Have your furnace/fireplace/wood stove inspected each year before you turn it on. This is to ensure that there are no dangers present. Make sure you use a certified/qualified person to do the inspection.

– Use Space Heaters Sparingly. Space heaters should not be the only source of heat in the house. If you use space heaters as supplemental heat, be sure to inspect them for any damage to the unit or electrical cord before use. Keep an area of 3-4ft clear around the heater & never allow the heater to remain on when you go to bed or leave the house.

– Leaf Burning Safety. Check with your local authorities for information on burning leaves in your area. Never leave a pile of burning leaves alone & keep a fire extinguisher or other means to snuff out the fire nearby.

– Check Those Detectors. Check the batteries in your smoke detectors & carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are fully-charged and in good working order. Vacuum & clean as necessary, dust/dirt build up can affect the performance of the detector.

 

Contact Us!

At M. Vander Plow Insurance Agency, we can work with you to make sure you’ve got the coverage you need, while at the same time using all possible credits and discounts to make that coverage affordable. Just give us a call at 616-396-1497 or send us a note at marsiljeins@gmail.com. We want to help you meet your goals, and make sure what’s important to you is protected!

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