Photo Pet Alert – Tell Firefighters PETS!

Window Pet Alert with Your Pet's Photo and Name

This free, downloadable window Fire Safety Pet Alert lets you tell firefighters to rescue your pet in the event of fire.  It increases you pet’s chances of surviving a fire because it allows you to add both a photo of your pet and his name.

  • With a photo, firefighters know whether they are looking for a little black dachshund or a large, white German shepherd.
  • And by providing your pet’s name, rescue personnel will be able to call your pet by name.

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Download the Emergency Pet Alert

When you download the window Fire Safety Pet Alert, you will be able to navigate to the photos on your computer, select one of your pet, and insert it onto the Pet Alert.  Then, just click in the text box to type in your pet’s or pets’ name(s).  Simply print the Pet Alert and affix it to an exterior window or door.

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Download this Pet Alert, Add Your Pet's Photo and Name. Save lives in the event of fire.

Nearly 50,000 pets die each year in fires in America, most often from smoke asphyxiation.  A visible Pet Alert sign allows the firefighting team to be an efficient pet rescue team.

Additional Tips for Increasing Your Pet’s Survival in Case of Fire

  • If you leave your pet alone in the house, confine him to the ground level space with an exterior door.  This increases the chances that firefighters can find and rescue him.
  • Consider installing a pet door.
  • If you are often away from the home while your pet is at home, you may want to think about an alarm system that notifies emergency personnel if a fire is detected in the home.
  • Keep the pet’s leash by the door.  Firefighters report that when they enter, animals often bolt outside into hazards such as arriving fire engines.
  • Give a spare house key to a trustworthy neighbor, preferably one that knows your pet and is familiar with where he likes to lounge, sleep, and hide when frightened.
  • Working smoke alarms are not only your but also your pet’s best assurance for escaping a house fire.  Remember, you will need to change the batteries twice a year.
  • Create a family fire escape plan.  Include evacuating your pets when you practice the fire escape plan.  To help your pet associate the sound of a smoke alarm with exiting the house, push the test button on a smoke alarm each time your family practices the fire escape plan.
  • If you must evacuate the house without your companion animal in the event of fire, leave the door open through which you exited.  Call your pet from a safe distance.  If both people and pets are trapped inside a burning building, the pets will not be firefighters’ first focus.  If all the people are safely out, your pet’s rescue can become a priority.
  • And don’t put off downloading the window Fire Safety Pet Alert notification.  Have friends and family with pets?  Share this free download with them on Facebook or twitter.

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Child Fire Safety Infographic – Free

Free Infographic for Children: Child Fire Safety

Free Child Fire Safety Infographic.

This child fire safety infographic by is free to use on your website.  It is appropriate for child care center, school, children’s club, camp, pediatric, community, and safety websites.  Easy-to-read and with clear, memorable photos, it is addressed to children and the adults who love and care for them.

Child Fire Safety Infographic

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Children under the age of five are at particular risk on fire injuries.  In addition to teaching children the basics of fire safety in the infographic above, here are some additional, practical things adults can do to keep children fire safe.

Additional Child Fire Safety Tips

  • Have working fire alarms on each floor of the house, in each main living area, and outside of bedroom areas.  Replace the batteries twice a year.  Although most Americans report having fire alarms in their home, the vast majority of injuries and deaths in home fires happen in houses without working fire alarms.
  • Make a family fire escape plan for the home.  Teach children the escape routes.  Remember, children learn best by active doing and by repetition, so practice the escape plan regularly.  Have a specific outdoor location, such as by the mailbox or under the big tree in a neighbor’s yard, where the family will gather after leaving the home in case of fire.  That way, if different family members leave through different exits, you will know that all are safely accounted for.
  • Teach little ones the word “Hot!”  Associate it with hot things like the kitchen stove, fireplace, grill, and outdoor fire pits, so your child will understand it is a warning word and to avoid touching things you have called “Hot!”
  • Turn the handles of cooking pots inward on the stove so children cannot grab them.  Also, don’t hang a dish towel on the handle of the oven.  If a child grabs the towel, the oven door may open.
  • Teach children the Stop, Drop, Roll, and Call technique.  (“Call” is to call for help.)  Emphasize that this is what to do if their clothes catch on fire.  Why?  Too many children overgeneralize and, when asked what they should do if their house catches on fire, answer, “Stop, Drop, Roll, and Call.”
  • Glass doors on gas fireplaces can easily get blistering hot.  In front of gas fireplaces, use a spark guard, tri-panel fireplace screen or child fireplace safety gate to prevent accidental burns.
  • Use child fire safety gates around wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves, and BBQ grills.

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Decorate the Fireplace to Wow Home Buyers

Decorate the Fireplace to Wow Potential Buyers

Selling a house is no easy task. From the hassle of cleaning to the stress of negotiating, the process can be long and tedious. However, getting your home in tip-top shape for showing doesn’t have to be a chore. The key is in the details. One such important detail is the fireplace. As it’s often the focal point of your living room, the state of your fireplace can have a huge effect on the overall design and feel of the room. Check out these simple tips for getting your fireplace ready for your next showing.


Essential to any home décor project is creating balance in your space. With your fireplace, you will need to balance its size, prominence, colors, and decorations so you don’t over or underwhelm your room. Plus, a balanced design and decoration will be pleasing to the eye and make your space feel more welcoming and put together.

Some simple ways of striking this oft-elusive balance are through texture and accessories. For example, you can use plants, vases, candles, paintings, and a host of other objects to frame your fireplace.

You can go for a mirrored approach- having similar-sized (or duplicate) objects on either side of the mantle for a 1:1 ratio- or you can use different textures and multiple items in an asymmetrical combination to pull it all together. Experiment and play around with what you have. You should recognize balance when you see it- it just feels right.


Color is a wonderful way to add personality, atmosphere, and balance to a space, and the fireplace is no different. For a lighter, airier look, use white or light, neutral tones. Painted brick is a striking element of home décor and the texture will add interest without overwhelming the viewer.

Besides painting, you can use your accessories to add splashes of color for a more a dramatic effect. Use brightly colored vases, bottles, or even plants to spruce up the mantle. Be sure that your color scheme does not clash with the rest of your living room décor. You want the fireplace to be a cohesive, if not eye-catching display that will boost the presentation of the entire space.

Accessories to Decorate the Fireplace

Next, choose your fireplace mantel accessories carefully. The objects you use to populate your mantle and fireplace are key to directing the look and feel of the entire space. What kind of look are you going for? Is the room itself more traditional, modern, classic, or eclectic? Depending on the décor of the room, your fireplace accessories should complement and enhance that design.

Some interesting ideas for fireplace accessories include mirrors, vases of all shapes and sizes, shrubs, flowers, trees, branches, glass bottles, and even driftwood or seashells. Practically anything can be used in home décor—it is simply a matter of how you use it.

Mirrors are an excellent way to add the illusion of light and space to your room. Vases can be mixed and matched in style, color, and size, for an interesting arrangement on the mantle, and small trees and shrubs can fill that dark void in the fireplace itself (if you aren’t using it). To keep your plants vibrant and healthy all year-round, you can place small grow lights around the fireplace to promote growth and prevent your display from getting dried out and droopy. Again, experiment with different items and pay attention to balance.


Finally, seek cohesion in your design as you decorate the fireplace. You want the fireplace itself to look and feel balanced and inviting, but you also want to make sure it goes with the rest of the room. By balancing the weight, colors, and textures of the fireplace with the living room, you will succeed in creating a dramatic and beautiful space that will surely impress prospective buyers.

About the Author 

Nina Hiatt researches and writes articles to help people find balance and beauty in their personal space through landscape and interior design. In her free time, Nina blogs about many of her interests, which include gardening and baking.

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Fireplaces 101 – The Ultimate Chimney Guide

Fireplace 101 - The Ultimate Chimney Guide

Fireplaces 101 – The Ultimate Chimney Guide

Here’s everything you wanted to know and understand about your fireplace and chimney and their parts, including how to clean your fireplace and how to use the tools in your fireplace set.

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The free-to-use infographic above answers the questions you may have wondered about your fireplace and chimney:

  • What are its parts?

What the difference between a chimney and a flue?

What’s the chimney crown?

What’s the difference between a throat damper and a top damper?  Where are they?

If the damper is on top of the chimney, how do I open it so I can light the fire?  Tell me I won’t have to climb on the roof to open it!

What’s the firebox and what’s the hearth?

What’s the purpose of the hearth?

What’s a chase and a chase cover?

What do you call that <screen box on top of the chimney that keeps rain and animals out?

My chimney has a “throat”?  Why?

  • Can I really clean my own fireplace and chimney? How do I clean my fireplace?  What do I need, and how do I do it?  Should I scrub the bricks with a wire brush or a nylon brush?  What solution will clean it without damaging the bricks or mortar?
  • What’s the best way to clean the glass fireplace doors?
  • What fireplace accessories are essential?
  • What fireplace accessories will give me more heat or will make my fireplace more convenient to use?
  • What do you call that fireplace tool that picks up logs?  What about the one used to jab at and move firewood?
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