VAUGHAN, Ontario, July 13, 2021 /CNW/ -- In support of Kidde's
annual Pet Fire Safety Month in July, Kidde and celebrity pet
trainer Sara Carson (as seen on
America's Got Talent) are providing DIY tips to help pet
owners train their four-legged family to respond positively to the
sound of smoke alarms. Kidde is a part of Carrier Global
Corporation (NYSE: CARR), the
leading global provider of healthy, safe, and sustainable building
and cold chain solutions.
According to Humane Canada,
500,000 pets suffer from smoke inhalation and 40,000 pets die in
home fires each year in North
America. The National Fire Protection Association, a global
nonprofit, estimates that nearly 1,000 home fires each year are
started by family pets. As many pet parents know firsthand, pets
may become unsettled or anxious once a smoke alarm sounds, hiding
rather than exiting.
"As many of us at Kidde are pet parents ourselves, we know that
people will do anything to keep their furry family safe," said
Sharon Cooksey, Fire Safety Educator
for Kidde. "At Kidde, we're committed to ensuring that pet owners
are equipped with the right products, resources and tools to
prepare their entire family members – both two- and four-legged –
in the event of an emergency."
Sara Carson recommends two
options for training pets: locate the owner in case of an emergency
or go to the identified exit. Steps include:
- Familiarize your pet with the sound of the alarm.
- Pair the sound with a command.
- Identify and name the exit, i.e., 'outside.'
- Reward for positive response.
The complete list of tips and a full-length training video with
detailed steps from Sara Carson is
available to view at www.kidde.com/petsafety.
"As a proud dog mom of my Super Collies, I know that pets are
like our family, so it's important that we take proactive steps to
keep them safe in the event of a home fire," said Carson. "To
successfully train your pets, make sure you keep training fun,
short and always end on a good note."
You can also protect your pets from the dangers of home fire in
a number of different ways, including:
- Window Clings: In an emergency, first responders need to
be able to quickly assess the number of pets in a home. Consider
attaching a non-adhesive decal to a window near your front door to
let rescuers know how many animals are inside.
- Fire Escape: Pets should always be included in a
family's evacuation plan. Stay aware of their typical hiding spots
or locations where they often nap in case you must evacuate
quickly. When you are not home, keep pets in areas near entrances
where firefighters can easily find them.
- Smoke Alarm Maintenance: Smoke alarms must be replaced
after 10 years. In addition to testing alarms once each week, check
the manufacturing date on your smoke alarms to make sure they are
under 10 years of age. If they are older than that, it is time to
For more pet fire safety tips, visit
www.kidde.com/petsafety. To learn more about Sara Carson and other resources around pet
training, visit www.thesupercollies.com/about.
Kidde, a leading manufacturer of
residential smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, fire
extinguishers, and safety accessories, has been keeping the world a
safer place for over 100 years. Kidde produced the first integrated
smoke detection system a century ago and continues its legacy today
by delivering advanced fire-safety technology. Kidde is a part of
Carrier Global Corporation, the leading global provider of
innovative HVAC, refrigeration, fire, security and building
automation technologies. For more information, visit
kiddecanada.com or follow @KiddeCanada, and on
Facebook and Instagram.