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Welcome to the Pootie-Woozle diary for Caturday - Safety Edition

Note:  I am reposting an older diary, because Trish has not yet shown up for Caturday.

  Keep your fuzzy friends safe, and keep yourself safe so you can care for them.  Today, there is safety information, with many links for more information, a few related quotes, and as always - plenty of LOLs.  Hopefully, there will be something for everyone.
 
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  Prepare and prevent, don't repair and repent.  ~Author Unknown

 
This diary is a politics free zone, meant for relaxing and unwinding for a few minutes, before going back to the serious stuff.  

Feel free to add your own photos and comments.  Pet care and concern comments are always allowed, of course, but otherwise, please keep it lighthearted and friendly.

Rule # 22  Some animals are best not kept in the house.
Doe,splat
 
 
HOUSEHOLD SAFETY

Keep the poison control phone number easily accessible.  Animals, especially dogs chew almost anything.
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center number (888) 426-4435.  The service is available 24/7 and may cost a $60 fee.  You will need a credit card, if you are charged a fee.
 
There is a lot of easy to find, easy to understand information at the Poison Control section of the ASPCA web site.
 
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Some of the same precautions made for toddlers can be used for pets, like moving or covering electrical
cords and placing plastic inserts in unused outlets, and securing cabinets and cupboards, moving or removing toxic plants.
     
dog,Wild Hair
 
This site has a long list of plants know to be toxic to animals.  The plants that are poisonous can be indoor or outdoor plants, so check the garden as well as the house.  In addition to the plants on the list, other plants may also cause an allergic reaction in some animals.  
 
When using essential oils, be cautious around your pooties and woozles, as some oils are toxic to animals.  
There is more information on this at the Natural Pet Care site.
 
   
Stair Safety

TIP:  Avoid clutter on stairs, because it can be a tripping hazard.

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Stair safety tips can be found at How Stuff Works.  This is a fascinating site for lots of other information as well.  This link is to the Safety Tips/Accident Prevention section of their site.
 
Here are a couple of the tips listed there:

 If you intend to paint basement stairs, either add a little sand to the paint for a better grip or install rubber or abrasive treads.
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If the outside of your house is not well lit, paint the edges of outside steps white so that they are easier to see in the dark or install outdoor lighting.

     
Dog proves one size does NOT fit all
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TREES and LADDERS
 
Showing the kids the family tree.
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Like the trees, we are visitors, guests of earth. The light shines down, and a bud breaks, branches give way before us, a book's leaves open, and our eyes look, look again. We are a grove, companions spared to be on earth at the same time. The trees - though not our kind - are kin, elder relatives standing to greet us.   Kim Stafford, from "Tree of All Trees" in Entering the Grove.

 
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If your cat falls out of a tree, go indoors to laugh.- Patricia Hitchcock

A cat can climb down from a tree without the assistance of the fire department or any other agency. The proof is that no one has ever seen a cat skeleton in a tree.
  Author Unknown

 
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Ladder Safety

While on a ladder, never step back to admire your work.  ~Author Unknown

 
Pootie does not know rule about not being on top step.
Cat,Ladder
 
Ladder Safety, OSHA Recommendations - Link

Lots of safety information at the OSHA site.  The ladder section includes topics like:  stability, proper angle, and electrical hazards.  Here is an example of the types of tips and precautions to be found there:

Avoid electrical hazards! – Look for overhead power lines before handling a ladder. Avoid using a metal ladder near power lines or exposed energized electrical equipment.
Always inspect the ladder prior to using it. If the ladder is damaged, do not use until repaired. If not reparable, discard the damaged ladder.
Do not use a step ladder as a single ladder or in a partially closed position.

 

Vehicle Safety

Number one rule in vehicle pet safety is never leave your pet alone in your vehicle - in summer the heat can and does kill, the interior temperature can exceed the outside temperature very quickly even if windows are left somewhat open.  In the winter the reverse is true, the vehicle can hold in the cold and can cause frost bite or even death.  In some communities, pet owners face penalties for leaving an animal unattended in a vehicle.  The person responsible can be fined and/or face consequences that are more severe.
 
The ASPCA site has a lot of information on a variety of topics  This is the link to the one on automobile safety.

Here are a couple of examples of the many tips that can be found there:

During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars for warmth and protection. But a car’s fan belt can kill or injure an animal when the motor starts. If you are aware that there are outdoor or feral cats in your neighborhood, please bang on the hood of the car and wait a few seconds before turning on the engine.

 

Whether you’re going around the block or across the country, the ASPCA recommends that you keep your pets safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. Make sure it’s large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in.

     
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Hug your kids at home, but belt them in the car.  ~Author Unknown

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REFERENCES
There is a wealth of information on the sites listed below, much more than can be covered in a Pootie-Woozle Safety Diary.  Not all of the topics at the following links were covered in the diary.

The Animal Rescue site has a lot of information for pets.  There is something for everyone at their web site.  The link here is to their Safety Tips page. Link.  
  Just a few of the many safety categories covered at the Animal Rescue web site are:  Safety Tips.  Accidental Falls, Disasters, Household Chemicals, Older Dogs, Animals in Distress, Dogs & Exercise, Snakebites, Bird Emergencies,  Flying With Pets, Plastic Hazards, Car Safety, Poisonous Plants, Wild Animals, Cat Longevity, Horse Emergencies, Pool Safety, Halloween Hazards
 
Wildlife safety precautions:
http://www.scif.com/...
 
Pets with babies safety tips:
http://www.parents.com/...
 
Natural Pet Health:
http://www.natural-pet-care.com/
 
Among the many things found at this site is a section on Tips For Emergency Preparedness for Pets
http://www.sniksnak.com/ Pawprints and Purrs, Inc/

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Credits and Thanks
 
Many thanks to icanhascheezburger.com, source of the LOLpics.

Thanks for all of the things this Pootie-Woozle community does to make this world a better place.  
 

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