National Pet Fire Safety Day is observed annually on July 15th. Just like fire drills, pets need consideration when preparing for unexpected fire emergencies. Taking preventable measures now can both save your home and your pet. Many times our pets can cause a fire if we don’t take the proper steps.
Here are some informative tips on how you can keep your pet safe:
Pet Proof the Home – Take a walk around your home and look for areas where pets might start fires inadvertently, such as the stove knobs, loose wires and other potential hazards.
Secure Young Pets – Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from spaces where they can get trapped, especially if there are any potential fire hazards when you are away from home, for example, knocking over a hot lamp onto a dry carpet.
Extinguish Open Flames – Pets are naturally curious and will investigate almost anything that has a scent. This includes your oven, a candle, and even your fireplace. Do not leave pets unattended around open flames and make sure to properly extinguish fires before leaving your home.
Have an Escape Route and Plan – Keep collars and leashes near your front or back door (whichever you use more frequently or even at both) in case you have to evacuate quickly with your pet or firefighters need to rescue your pet.
Affix a Pet Alert Window Sticker – Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the sticker to a front window where it can be easily found by emergency responders. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. You can obtain a free window cling by emailing email@example.com.
Since Pets Left Alone Can’t Escape a Burning Home – Consider using monitored smoke detectors that are connected to an emergency response center with people on hand who can call the fire department in your absence.
Keep Your Information Updated – Firefighters are familiar with pet alert window stickers so keep the number of pets listed on them updated. Knowing the accurate number of pets in the house aids rescuers in finding all of your pets.