According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home fires affect nearly 500,000 pets every year. Unfortunately, pets accidentally start over 1000 of these home fires. Here are some helpful tips for National Pet Fire Safety Day.
Put Out Open Flames
Pets, including dogs, are generally curious about flames and will be fascinated with candles, lanterns, or open fires. Consider using flameless versions instead.
Confine Your Pup
If you have to leave your pup alone in the house, it’s always best to confine him in a kennel or crate. This will reduce the chances of an accidental fire or other types of unwanted surprises when you come back home.
Water Bowls on Wooden Decks
The use of stainless steelor ceramic bowls in areas with direct sunlight can help prevent fires. A glass water bowl can act like a magnifying glass which would allow the sun rays to heat up the area underneath the bowl which could start a fire.
Keep Pets Near Entrance
If you have to leave your pets alone, keep them in areas where firefighters can easily reach them in the event of a fire. Keep leashes, collars, carriers, and your pet’s medical kit near the same entrances to ensure quick and safe transport. It is also vital that you know where your pet takes shelter when scared and limit access to these places. This will make it easier for firefighters to locate them.
Puppy Proof Your Home
Puppies love playing and chewing on exposed wires. So ensure that your electrical cables and wires are properly insulated and puppy proofed to make them unreachable from those sharp little teeth. Remember it only takes one errant spark to start a fire.
Pet Alert Window Clings
These static clingsallow rescuers to know the number of pets inside your home. Free window clings can be found online at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or from pet stores.
Planning for unanticipated emergencies such as home fires and taking safety precautions is a responsible part of pet ownership. let's keep our furry friends safe this summer.