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Prepare Your Pet Bird Cage For Earthquakes

Follow these pet bird safety tips to make your pet bird cage earthquake ready.

By Nikki Moustaki

1) Never position pet bird cages underneath objects that could fall during an earthquake or in front of bookcases that are not securely strapped to a wall. 

2) Avoid placing cages under lighting fixtures or anywhere that falling electrical wires could make contact with pet bird cages.

3) Use shatterproof glass near windows, or move the pet bird’s cage away from windows. Areas prone to earthquakes often have building codes that recommend the use of safety glass.

4) During an earthquake, the pet bird cage should be moved away from the window and placed in the center of the home, preferably under a doorway support. 

5) If your pet bird’s cage is on wheels, make sure the brakes are always on unless you are moving it.

6) Make sure your bird is not in a room where chemicals are stored or near gas lines, and know where to turn off the gas to your house. Pet birds are highly sensitive to inhaled fumes.

7) Keep the cage away from water pipes in the walls in case one bursts during an earthquake. You may need to look at your home’s blueprints to locate water pipes.

8) Never leave your pet bird out of the cage on a playstand while you are away. The pet bird can be struck by debris, or fly off the cage and hide or become injured on the floor.

9) Consider covering the pet bird cage at night with a heavy blanket to keep debris off of the cage in case of an earthquake at night.

10) A nighttime sleep cage lined with heavy blankets may prevent thrashing and injury in the middle of the night if there is an earthquake.

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