Pet fire safety day (could Fluffy cause an insurance claim?)

The ASPCA estimates that 3.2 million dogs and cats are adopted from shelters every year. That’s a lot of critters! Unfortunately, these furry friends can sometimes be the cause of catastrophe (no pun intended) and sometimes that catastrophe is a house fire.

This is Smegs,

If our boss’s home ever burns down this furball will probably be the reason. You see, Smegs likes to knock lit candles off of whatever surface they are sitting upon. He does not limit himself to candles either. Sit down with a cup of coffee to watch the news on a Sunday morning and he will find a way to dump it on the ground, preferably into a wall first where it will inevitably drip down into the wall socket. Smegs is 14 years old, has no teeth, and no front claws. He is destruction in a catsuit and the reason David has only led candles and travel mugs.

This is Miss Molly.

Miss Molly used to have a bad habit of counter surfing. In her younger days, she had an addiction to scrambled eggs, not the eggs themselves, just the pan the eggs were cooked in. If you did not remove the frying pan from the stove immediately after making yourself breakfast, she would find a way to knock it off of the stovetop and has managed to turn the burner on more than once. Miss Molly is the reason David’s stove has baby locks on the burner knobs.

Meet Eddie & Patsy (aka Mischief and Mayhem)

Eddie and Patsy are proud to call Philip Dad, and he’s just as happy to claim these furry beasts as his own.  They have earned their nicknames of Mischief and Mayhem.   When they barrel through the house, chasing each other at breakneck speeds,  neither man, nor beast, nor china cabinet are safe.  They do not have a history of fire starting though, which makes them very good dogs indeed.

Our dogs and cats are family members, and protecting them from themselves isn’t always easy. Making sure that they make it out of the house if there is ever a fire won’t be easy either, but there are things that you can do to help ensure their safety:

  • Keep a collar on your pets at all times.
  • Hang leashes next to the front door.
  • Pet Alert Safety stickers can be purchased at almost every pet store in our area. Put them on your doors and windows to ensure that firemen know that your pets are inside.
  • Pet-proof your home. Keep electrical cables where pets can’t chew on them, remove your stove knobs or put protectors on them, and switch to led candles.

We love pets. This is not a statement you usually hear from an insurance agency. Insurance companies are notorious for declining coverage to homes with dog breeds that are on their “no” list. We believe that every dog deserves a home and will do all that we can to find coverage for our clients with dogs. Homeowners insurance can be customized to fit you and your furry family members, contact us for further information.

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