Toronto Hydro's Pet Safety Week 2014 - A Tip a Day to Keep Your Pets Safe

TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - As part of Pet Safety Week - October 20 - 26, Toronto Hydro and the Toronto Humane Society are teaming up to share simple safety tips to help keep your furry friends safe from potential dangers year-round.

Today's Tip: Keep electrical cords out of sight

House pets may find cords distracting and tempting, especially if they happen to sway. Young animals often pounce on or chew dangling cords, which puts them at risk of electrocution and may potentially cause a fire. To help pets avoid temptation, we suggest keeping cords hidden and/or immobile by attaching them to a surface. When possible, cords and power bars should be kept out of sight. It is important to be especially vigilant with decorative lights and electrical wiring during the holidays.

According to the American Kennel Club, an estimated 500,000 pets are affected by home fires every year. Nearly 1,000 of these home fires are accidently started by the homeowners' pets.

To watch our daily pet safety videos, visit us on Twitter @torontohydro or facebook.com/torontohydro. For tips on year-round pet safety, visit torontohydro.com/petsafety.

About Toronto Hydro
Toronto Hydro-Electric System owns and operates an electricity distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately 726,000 customers located in the city of Toronto. It is the largest municipal electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes approximately 19% of the electricity consumed in the province of Ontario.

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Image with caption: "Dangling electrical cords are tempting to cats. Keep them out of sight and check for frayed cords regularly. (CNW Group/Toronto Hydro Corporation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141021_C2601_PHOTO_EN_6903.jpg

SOURCE: Toronto Hydro Corporation

For further information: Tanya Bruckmueller, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited, tbruckmueller@torontohydro.com, 416-903-0440

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