National Pet Fire Safety Day
July 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Day. The American Kennel Club in association with ADT Security Services declared National Pet Fire Safety Day in 2009 to educate pet owners on how to take steps to prevent fires and plan for unexpected emergencies. In other words, pet owners need to take steps to ensure their pets don’t accidentally cause a fire, and they need to take steps to ensure their pets safety should the unfortunate happen.
Many home fires are caused by one of four things:
- Electrical Fires
- Cooking or Kitchen Fires
- Candles or Other Open Flames
- Clothes Dryers
With that in mind, here are some Pet Fire Safety Tips:
- Extinguish open flames. Pets are curious and certainly not cautious. Wagging tails haphazardly knock over candles. Curious kitties will paw at sizzling grease, quickly sending a kitchen up in flames.
- Remove knobs from the stove. When not in use, they will not accidentally get turned on.
- Consider flameless candles for ambiance and backup lighting in the event of a power outage.
- Replace glass water bowls with metal or plastic. Outside on wooden decks, they can heat up and actually start a fire.
- Store leashes and collars near the entrance of your home. When away, have your pets in the main living area for easy rescue.
- Secure young pets when away from home. This can help avoid fire hazards. Pet kennels or in a pet-proofed room are options.
- Fire alert window clings help firefighters identifying the room your pets are located and identify the number of pets in the home. Add one to the window of the room you keep your pets when you are away. Keep it updated with the number of pets who reside with you and your current phone number.
- Have a plan when you are home. Know which family members will be responsible for each pet.