This Saturday, July 15, is Pet Fire Safety Day, but how many of us know what to do with our pets in case of a fire? The most important thing is to try and safely evacuate yourself, family members and your pets from your home if there is a fire. Never go back inside for your furry family member – instead tell fire fighters that your pet is trapped. We also offer free stickers at Blum Animal Hospital that alert fire fighters to how many pets you have in your home in case of an emergency. The most effective place to put these stickers is on a window right by your front door.
This best way to protect your pets is to prevent them from being able to start a fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association, about 1,000 fires each year are caused by a homeowner’s pet. Here are some things to think about to prevent fires:
- Extinguish flames – If you are cooking, burning a candle, or enjoying a fire in your fireplace, make sure your pet is not left unattended with an open flame. Put out any flame before leaving your pet home alone.
- Protect Your Stove – A stove or stove top is the main piece of equipment involved with pets starting fires. To keep you and your furry family member safe, either remove the stove knobs or put protective covers over them when you leave the house.
- Candles – Cats are infamous for knocking over lit candles with their tails that start fires. Candles that contain light bulbs or are battery-operated rather than needing to be lit are much safer when your pets are around.
- Chew Toys – Have an alternative for your pets to chew on other than electrical cords. If your pet has a habit on chewing exposed cords, use cord covers to make them unreachable. Any spark from the damage could cause a fire or electrocute your pet.
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Written for Blum Animal Hospital by Jackie Sheppard.