We all love our pets like family members, and that’s why it’s important to have a fire safety plan for your furry friends as well as your family! National Pet Fire Safety Day is on July 15th, 2017, so take into consideration these five tips for keeping your pet safe from fire every day.
Remove Stove Knobs
If your pet has free range of the house while you’re at work, remove or safely secure the knobs on your stove. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a stove knob is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.
Extinguish Open Fires
Just like you’d never leave your children unsupervised around a fire, it’s important to extinguish all flames if you plan to let your pet be around the area unsupervised. This means putting out the grill, camp fire, or even an open flame on the stove. Investing in flameless candles is also a good idea!
Secure Your Pets
Especially puppies or curious pets, keep them confined from fire starting materials such as cords and stoves. You can use crates or even baby gates to keep your furry babies from harm.
Include Pets in Your Evacuation Plans
Whether it’s running to a neighbor’s house or meeting at the park down the street, make sure your evacuation plan includes your pet if possible.
Help Fire Crews
If your house does catch fire, never run back in to save your pet. Instead, be proactive and have your pet’s collars, leashes and cages near an accessible door for fire crews to use to save your pet. It’s also a good idea to put a sign in your window noting that should your house catch fire, you have pets inside that need rescuing.
Being prepared and proactive about your pet’s safety is never time wasted. Take the time to create a fire safety plan and pet-proof your house.
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