Keeping Family Members That Don’t Speak Safe

If you are like me, then you love your dog, a lot, and want to keep it safe. Unfortunately, that is not always possible, due to natural disasters, specifically fire. In fact, redcross.org states that, “according to the United States Fire Administration, an estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by fires”. The website gives some helpful suggestions on how to keep them safe if you have a fire in your home.

-Keep them in your family evacuation plan, and include them in the practice sessions.

-If you do need to evacuate, it is most important to evacuate your pets, but never put yourself in danger, to rescue the family pet, something hard to hear, but important to remember.

Along with remembering your pets in the event of a fire that happens while you are home, it is also important to remember that pets can cause fires. Redcross.org continues by stating that, “the National Fire Protection Association estimates that nearly 1,000 home fires each year are accidentally started by homeowners’ pets”. It lists out suggestions on how to keep pets safe while alone such as removing stove knobs (something we do for our children as well). We have to keep our pets safe from harm, so if you realize you have a mischievous, or curious pet on your hands, call the neighbor to pet sit, or leave the animal tied up, to help keep them from danger.

Helping To Save Lives

The American Red Cross brings us many programs, being there to help people in their time of need. If you are like me, then you will want to know what happens to the blood you donate after. I found these steps on the Red Cross website; first it is collected, or we donate our blood, then the blood is sent to a Red Cross center and where it processed and separated out. It is then tested, to make sure the blood can be used, and stored, before being distributed to hospitals. The blood is available to be sent out 24/7.

There are number of good reasons to donate blood, but the main reason, you can help save a life. Every two seconds someone needs blood, and while fewer than 4 out of every 10 people can give blood, fewer than 1 in 10 actually do. If you do nothing else this month, stop, take time to give, you never know when you might need the favor returned.

If you live in the Central Valley, here are places you can go to donate.