Today is Pet Fire Safety Day, which means it’s a good time to start thinking about how you can take steps to prevent your pets from accidentally starting a fire and to keep them safe in case of a fire. Pets are naturally curious and this can lead to accidents. By taking certain safety measures you can prevent your pets from starting a fire at home.
Electrical Cords: Pets who chew on electrical cords can suffer from severe injuries, and the chewed electrical cords can also pose as a fire hazard. Cats and dogs aren’t the only guilty culprits of chewing electrical cords. Take steps to keep electrical cords out of reach from all pets including rabbits and other pocket pets.
Open Flames: Never leave your pet alone near an open flame. Whether you’re grilling in the backyard or enjoying your fireplace, make sure you completely extinguish all open fires before leaving your house. If you enjoy lighting candles, flameless candles may be a great solution for you if you have pets that can jump on counters and tables.
Stove Knobs: Pets who jump up on counters can easily hit a stove knob, which can turn on the gas or turn up a flame. If your pet is prone to jumping on counters, you can remove your stove knobs or use covers. If you leave your pets at home alone, you can also restrict their access to the kitchen.
It is estimated that there are more than 500,000 home fires a year. There are precautions you can take to protect your pet from a dangerous fire.
Collars and Leashes: Leave leashes and collars in plain sight and readily available at entrances in case your pet needs to be rescued.
Window Cling: Use a cling on your front window or door of an apartment which identifies how many pets you have at home. This helps firefighters know how to locate and save your pets.
Emergency Pet Hospital: Pets who suffer injuries from a fire should be rushed to an emergency pet hospital. Get to know the location of the nearest pet emergency hospital.
Today only, the National Volunteer Fire Council is offering pet owners a free Pet Fire Safety Window Cling on National Pet Fire Safety Day, July 15th at local volunteer firehouses nationwide. For a list of locations, visit www.nvfc.org/windowclings.