Pet Fire Safety
In 2008, the American Kennel Club (AKC) and ADT Security declared July 15th National Pet Fire Safety Day as a day to raise awareness about house fires and to educate pet owners on how to prevent them and keep your pets safe.
July is a month of dry grass, heat, outdoor fires, and fireworks—all of which can be a danger to your furry friends. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), ‘approximately 500,000 pets are affected by home fires each year.’
Preventing Pets from Starting Fires
- Candles- Blow candles out before leaving the house. Your inquisitive pet can hurt themselves exploring the flame and wagging tails can easily knock a jar off the table.
- Stovetops- Dogs can turn on a burner while jumping up to take or sniff a snack. Cover or remove knobs on the stove if your pet can reach them. Block off the kitchen by using a baby gate while you are away from your home.
- Wires- Bored pets find electrical cords fun and can begin chewing on them. Keep phone chargers and plug-in appliances out of reach, especially when your puppies or kittens are teething!
- Unexpected Causes- Glass water bowls act like a magnifying glass and when the sun’s rays hit the glass, they can ignite a fire on decks or dry grass. Use stainless steel or ceramic bowls for the outdoors and keep your pet inside if the temperature is high.
Pet Rescue Safety
If a fire occurs when you are not home, you might not be the first one to get to your pet. Being prepared for a fire can mean the difference between a speedy rescue and a panic situation.
Put together a Disaster Preparedness plans and include instructions for all your fur babies that will be inside or outside your home. Make sure to include your pet’s favorite hiding place which will help first responders save time in an emergency.
Keep your pet’s microchips and ID tags current and ensure your pet is wearing a collar in the event of an escape. This will also help rescuers handle the pet when afraid. Leashes should also be kept in a visible location to grab-and-go at a moment’s notice.
- When leaving your fur babies at home alone, keep them in areas near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
- Place a pet alert window cling near the entrances and write down the number of pets inside your home. This saves rescuers time when locating your pets.