Pet parents around the world understand the importance of safety when it comes to protecting four-legged pet friends and one of the best reasons National Pet Fire Safety Day, celebrated on July 15, was created.
Whether you are a new pet owner or have had pets throughout your life, there are things you can do to add to your pet's safety when you are home or away for the day. Pets are inquisitive and sometimes their playfulness or exploration of the house can create a safety issue. Other times, a fire may start due to no fault of the pet. In this case, you need a back-up plan to get your pet to safety.
These ten tips are the groundwork for creating a safe environment for pets.
- Whenever you are not at home, keep your pets near an easily accessible entrance in case a rescue is necessary. Close the doors to bathrooms, bedrooms, or any other room so your pets can be easily found by firefighters.
- Place a sticker on the front and back door or window with clear visibility so it is easily seen letting rescuers know there are pets in the house. Remember to note the number of pets in the home too.
- Frequently check the entire home for any potential fire hazards such as loose wires, space heaters, hair dryers, irons, or any other item that could be potentially hazardous.
- Dogs like to chew, some cats, too, so it's important to secure or unplug wires/cords so they do not become chew toys that can injure pets and become the basis for an electrical fire.
- Never leave your pet unattended around or near an open flame. This includes barbecue grills, fire pits, fireplaces or candles. Always check your home before leaving to ensure there are no smoldering ashes that could re-ignite.
- A hot pan of grease can cause serious harm and be the source of a grease fire. Do not allow pets around kitchen stoves when cooking. Never leave a pan of hot grease on the stove to cool.
- Cats are climbers and it's easy for them to jump onto a stove and inadvertently turn on a stove knob. Use knob covers to secure them or remove them so they cannot be turned.
- Keep leashes and collars, even pet carriers, nearby all exits in case pets need to be evacuated.
- Install a smoke alarm system that is connected to an actual monitoring center for immediate assistance even when you are not at home.
- Use flameless candles for all occasions and for power outages.