TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2012 /CNW/ - The first annual Pet Safety Week has officially launched! From October 22 - 28, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited (Toronto Hydro) & the Toronto Humane Society will be sharing daily tips to help pet owners keep their family pets safe.
TODAY's TIP: Leafy-Green Means STOP - Avoid hydro poles covered in vines
Vines on poles can harbour bugs and hold the moisture, and ants can prematurely rot poles.
As well, on a moist or wet day, electricity can track down the pole posing a serious risk of shock.
If you see a pole with vines and your dog is tempted to sniff or pee, find another pole. Also, never try to rescue an animal from a pole or from a tree near hydro lines.
If you think your pet has come into contact with electricity, do not touch the animal directly as you may also receive an electric shock. If you have a dry, non-conductive leash, remove your pet from the hazard by pulling the leash or use another non-conductive object.
The Toronto Hydro Contact Voltage Hotline is open 24/7. Call 416-222-3773 to report any incidents or, in an emergency situation, call 911
There are many hazards that pet owners may not be aware of. From poisonous plants to dangling electric cords, bored cats and dogs are more likely to find ways to get into trouble. There are few resources available for new and seasoned pet owners on overall safety. Pet Safety Week will arm pet owners with simple strategies on how to stay safe year-round. In years to follow, Pet Safety Week will take place the second last week of October.
For more facts and tips throughout the week watch out for our daily advisories. Visit us online at Twitter (@torontohydro or @THS_tweet), Facebook or torontohydro.com
SOURCE: Toronto Hydro Corporation
For further information:
Tanya Bruckmueller, Toronto Hydro
Emma Sharpe, Toronto Hydro
Barbara Steinhoff, Toronto Humane Society
T: 416-392 2273 Ext. 2149