Jun 16, 2017
If you own a pet, chances are high that your pet is treated as a member of the family. PR Newswire reports that 95% of pet owners not only think accordingly but also behave accordingly. If you are one of the 45% who buy your pets birthday gifts or 31% who cook special meals for them, then this pet safety blog is for you! After all, pets tend to spend a lot of time home alone and are rendered helpless should an emergency occur.
Indicate That There is a Benji On Board
Always let your security company know the number of people and animals residing in your home so they can alert the authorities accordingly during times of need.
Another way to accomplish mass notification is pet decals. Similar to the family decals seen plastered to the back of minivan windows across America (don’t forget the infamous ‘baby on board’ signs that went rampant in the 90’s), invest in pet decals for a well-trafficked window or door. If you are a Per Mar customer, you can request your free stickers by filling out the Contact Us form or by contacting your local rep. The stickers indicate to the police or fire department the number of and types of pets residing in your home, which allows them to react according should there be a fire or some other type of emergency.
Some experts suggest leaving your phone number as well, but that isn’t necessary if you are set up with Per Mar’s doorbell video camera. Skybell™ provides an instantaneous form of two-way communication without giving every visitor your private phone number. Once installed, a mobile app is all you need to begin seeing and speaking to your visitors, whether you are home or away.
Pro Tip: Families with kids spending time home alone after school or in the summer might be tempted to use the family decals in the same fashion, except, it could cause problems if your kids are not actually home at the time of the emergency. As rescuers frantically search for those who are not on the premises, they are possibly risking the life of an adult or animal who is home. The likelihood is much greater that your pets are home at all times, unless you are on vacation. In those instances, you may want to consider temporarily removing the pet decals.
Bonus Tip: Don’t forget to ID your pets with detailed collars and microchips!
Enlist a Second Set of Eyes While You are Away
Since Benji is family and mostly helpless, you likely have the same concerns that go hand-in-hand with younger children who are home alone: keeping them out of mischief and harm’s way. Having an indoor security camera or two gives that peace of mind you crave when you can’t be home. Pair it with Total Connect™ and be in full control with remote access to your home and its safety features. Let the dog walker in with no fear of intruders (and ensure an on-time arrival), see if your pet is acting funny due to high or low temperatures and any number of other worrisome events. Cameras take the guesswork out of the equation!
Pro Tip: Total Connect™ sends email and/or text alerts directly to your web-enabled device for all of your alarm events in real-time. Never be in the dark again!
Sense When Your Home’s Environment Changes
Video cameras act as your second set of eyes, and environmental monitoring equipment acts as your other senses. It detects instances where there is an environmental intruder, such as water or extreme temperatures.
So often, we leave home without setting our heat or air conditioning appropriately. Luckily, we can control that now with the smartphone app thanks to smart home automation, however, what about the instances where it completely slips our mind, or the air conditioning goes out on the hottest day of the year? A furnace leak could expose pets to dangerous fumes. Per Mar’s environmental monitoring service can be set to monitor a variety of scenarios, and will automatically adjust when a setting, such as your pre-set high and low temperatures, is reached. It’s automated, and it’s potentially life-saving.
Pro Tip: Water leaks fall under environmental monitoring, too. If not caught early, it doesn’t take much water to endanger your floors and furnishings, but even more importantly, Benji!
Whether or Not There's Smoke, There Could be Danger
Installing fire and carbon monoxide detectors is a fairly common practice in most homes, but monitoring them isn’t necessarily something people consider...until it’s too late. Fire gives off a warning (smoke), but even a small fire can have deadly effects, and carbon monoxide is the silent killer which means there is no warning. Given the dangers, we cannot emphasize enough the importance of 24/7 monitoring for your home and home-alone pets! Fire and carbon monoxide detection technology is only life-saving if you can react, whether you are home or away.
Pro Tip: Test your fire and carbon monoxide detectors twice a year, spring and fall!
It’s our job to keep you Per Mar protected at all times, but just like your monitoring devices, we can only help if you engage us. Check back weekly for more safety tips to ensure peace of mind for your entire home and family! If you aren’t already equipped with one of our home security systems, contact us for more information or a free security review.