July 15 has been declared National Pet Fire Safety Day by the American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services, but why is it so important? Our pets are not able to pick up the phone and call rescuers when they are home alone if a fire breaks out. They also cannot open doors or windows to escape, so they must rely on us as pet owners to keep them safe. With more than 500,000 pets affected by house fires each year, and 1,000 fires estimated to be caused by pets themselves, it has become crucial to be educated on pet fire safety. Here at Jolly Pets, we want to be sure that pet owners and pets alike are well prepared in the unfortunate case of a house fire.
Steps to Prevent Fires
Avoid or extinguish open flames where possible in order to prevent a wagging tail from knocking over a burning candle, lamp, or embers from a fireplace. Never leave pets unattended near an open flame
Secure or remove stove knobs when not in use so they are not accidentally turned on
Secure or crate young petsaround open flamesas they may be less aware of where they are stepping or playing
Keep wires secured pick up and organize loose wires around your home so that pets do not have access to chew on them. Offer a variety of appealing chew toys, especially for puppies, that are more readily available to them
Invest in monitored smoke detectors that will alert emergency personnel directly when smoke is detected in your home
Make a plan that includes how you will evacuate your pet to safety
If a fire does break out, it's important to be aware of what you can do to help alert firemen to your pets location.
Help Rescuers Locate Your Pets
Pet Alert window clings that are placed in windows at the ground level of your home, detailing how many pets you have can help rescuers know to look for your pets. Be sure to keep this information up to date and remove completely if you no longer have pets to avoid unnecessary, dangerous searching of your home
Keep leashes and collars by the front door so that you or firefighters can quickly get your pets ready to be removed from the house
Know where pets like to hide that way, firefighters can be alerted of certain areas or rooms to search before heading inside
For many of us, our pets are our family, and we want to be able to protect them as much as possible in the event of an emergency. The ASPCA also offers additional information on how to prepare your pet and home prior to a disaster here.
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