Danbury Animal Control is reminding residents that it's against state law to leave your dog outside longer than 15 minutes during a local, state or federal weather advisory or warning. State statute also addresses outdoor environmental conditions that include extreme heat, cold, wind, rain, snow or hail, which pose an adverse risk to the health or safety of dogs.
With winter weather in full swing, the New Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department recommends following some health and safety tips. If animals can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
If you use supplemental or alternative heating sources, follow the three feet rule: keep anything flammable at least three feet away. Your kitchen is for cooking and appliances should not be used as a heater. Lastly, protect pipes by running water frequently, even at a trickle, to prevent freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.