The winter months are the most dangerous for home fires – with all the heaters, candles, Christmas trees and combustible decorations, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. It’s stressful leaving pets alone in the house, knowing if there’s a fire or gas leak they could be trapped and help may come too late. Even if your dectectors are all working fine, it’s takes time for the fire department to respond. And, they don’t know you have pets.
These facts from the U.S. Fire Administration show how dangerous winter can be:
- In an average year, heating is the cause of 17 percent of structure fires, but during the winter heating fires jump to 27 percent of structure fires.
- Winter holiday fires are more severe than the average fire during the year.
- Christmas tree fires are dangerous, with fatalities per fire five times greater and the dollar loss per fire over three times the winter holiday average. This is caused by the rapid spread of a tree or decoration fire.
So, what can you do to keep your pet’s safe while you are not home during the holidays (or anytime)?
Leeo are the makers of the Smart Alert, a system that gives pet owners peace of mind when animals are home alone, by alerting them via smartphone if there is smoke or CO in their house.
That’s pretty awesome! Even more awesome, the Smart Alert is also on sale for a limited time at Best Buy for 50 percent off – only $49.99.
Leelo made this cute video on why the Smart Alert might just be a good idea this holiday season (warning: this dog has a bit of a potty mouth):
Regardless of this stuffed dog’s lack of manners, the Smart Alert seems like a good buy, especially at the sale price to keep your pets safer while you aren’t home. Even if you are home, it’s a second line of defense in case your detectors aren’t working.
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