Every year, approximately 500,000 pets are involved in house fires. To help keep your pets safe, the American Kennel Club named July 15th as National Pet Fire Safety Day. There are many different tips and tricks that you can use to not only prevent fires but keep them safe in the event a house fire actually occurs.
Prevent Fires from Starting
One of the easiest ways to keep your furry friend safe from fires is to prevent them from happening in the first place. As an animal owner and lover, you know that animals can be inquisitive and playful. Avoid leaving lit candles around the house as these can be knocked over or make the switch to flameless candles. Additionally, only keep the fireplace lit if you are in the same room to prevent an accident.
Keep Pets Near Home Entrances
If you are out running errands or working, keep them in an area near the entrance to your home so that they can be quickly rescued should a fire occur. Collars, leashes and a bag of their favorite treats should be kept near the door where a rescue team can easily find them. This may mean closing off bedrooms, bathrooms and other places where your pets could potentially hide.
Keep Younger Pets Secured
As a vegan who values the lives of animals, you may want your young pets to have free reign of your home. However, giving them free access to your entire home means that they may find exposed wires or other hazards that could result in a fire. By keeping them secured when you are not around, you can control what potential hazards they have access to. Young pets can be put in their crate or away behind a baby gate in areas that do not have any fire hazards.
Install a Security System
Installing a security system is another great way to keep your pets safe in case of a fire. Depending on the type of security system you install, you may be able to check in on your pets remotely and see what they are up to. Research different websites to find what’s best for you. If you have a smartphone, there are animal-friendly apps that allow can actually track your pet via its tag or connect to your security cameras so you can check in on your pet.
Secure Home Appliances
One way that your pets can start a fire is by turning the knobs on your appliances when you are not around or are not paying attention to them. You can prevent a fire by simply taking your stove top or cook top knobs off. This way, your pets cannot turn your appliances on while they explore their domain. In fact, unplugging all of your appliances remove potential fire hazards and saves electricity when you are not using them.
Display a Pet Alert Window Cling
Pet alert window clings or decals are removable window stickers that list the number and types of pets you have inside. If firefighters come to your home due to a report of a fire, they will know that there are pets inside that need to be rescued. Putting the breed of pet on the cling can also help firefighters keep themselves and your pets safe during the rescue.
If a fire occurs in your home while you are not around, your pets are at serious risk for suffering injuries or perishing. While you cannot always prevent a fire, there are certain things that you can do to reduce the hazards and keep your pet safe.
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