All pet owners understand that their animals are important members of the family. Each year, over 1,000 residential fires are started by curious pets. In the late 2000’s, National Pet Fire Safety Day was started in to communicate the necessity of taking preventative measures to protect all cats and dogs from the dangers of smoke and flames.
On Friday, July 15th, take a moment to go over the proper steps to keep your beloved pets safe and healthy. Remember that they don’t necessarily know what’s good or bad for them, so it’s up to you to act wisely on their behalf!
Put Out Candles and Flames
Pets are often drawn to flickering light and small flames, which can be knocked over and kindle a blaze. Candles or dislodged embers from your fireplace are capable of setting your home on fire, so it’s important to act wisely and extinguish these tempting targets before you leave the house or go to bed. Cats especially are known to inadvertently overturn candles by swishing their tails, so try battery-operated candles instead.
Make for Easy Exits
Whenever you need to leave your critters at home unattended, make sure their crate or enclosure isn’t so far from the entrance of your home as to make rescue difficult. In the event that a fire occurs, responders should have unobstructed access to your pets for easy evacuation. To go the extra mile, you can fasten a sticker on a window or your front door with specific information about how many pets you have and what kind of animals they are. This will allow firefighters to locate them as efficiently as possible.
Protect Small Pups and Kittens
While older animals may have been trained in how to act around loud sounds and chaotic activity, kittens and puppies lack this experience. What’s more, these young ones display a level of curiosity that, although endearing, can lead them into hazardous situations. You can prevent them from harming themselves when you’re not present by putting them in a crate or an area of the house that’s fenced off from threats. You’ll also want to pet-proof the home in such a way that deters them from fireplaces, stoves, electrical outlets, wiring and extension cords.
Check Out New Tech
Monitored smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can save your pets’ lives if a fire should occur. These alarms will automatically alert the authorities in the event of an incident, so your furry friends will have a measure of protection even when you’re not around. The addition of “smart” home monitoring apparatus, like cameras and temperature sensors, further allow you to enhance the safety of your pets. Many new monitoring devices now offer remote access, so you’ll be able to keep tabs on your animals no matter where you are.
Keeping an Eye on Curious Paws
Wandering paws can turn on the burners of your stove and thereby cause burns and start fires. Before you leave the house for a longer trip or errand, counter this possibility. You can remove the knobs from your stove or place covers over them. Homes have burnt down from incidents involving animals and both electric and gas stoves, so taking the proper precautions is called for no matter what type of unit you own.
It’s just as important to make a fire safety plan for pets as it is to make an emergency safety plan for your family. To take further action, concerned pet owners can pick up a free Pet Safety Pack, or click here and here for more helpful fire safety tips online. Fire safety is often taken lightly until it’s too late – choosing to spend a few moments taking inexpensive and straightforward actions to safeguard your pets from fire hazards today will help prevent real life-threatening emergencies from taking place tomorrow.
About the Author: Emma Jane is a freelance writer living in Chicago with her cat, Mochi, where they explore the newest neighborhood pet shops and pet friendly boutiques. Emma writes about sustainability, all the newest tech and of course, furry companions.