Important Tips for National Pet Fire Safety Day
July 15 is National Pet Fire Safety Day. The American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services, in order to reduce the estimated 500,000 pets affected by home fires yearly, started this day designation in 2009. The awareness day is celebrated each year to continue to educate pet owners about risks when they leave pets at home alone. It also provides owners with measures to ensure their pet’s safety. To help you celebrate National Pet Fire Safety Day on July 15 and every day, here are four pet fire safety tips for you and your family to help you keep your pets safe.
1. Extinguish Open Flames
Pets, as a general rule, are curious and will investigate things they haven’t seen before. A billowing orange thing, which humans know as fire, could seem like a toy to your dog and without realizing it, they could put themselves in danger. To eliminate this possibility, make sure you extinguish any open flames – cooking appliances, candles, a fire in the fireplace – when leaving the room.
2. Secure Young Pets
What if just adopted a new pet? They’re not likely to understand “house rules” yet, so it’s best to keep them confined away from fire hazards when you’re away from the house and not able to tell them ‘no.’ Even when you are home, try to check in on what your new friend is doing from time to time, or keep them in the room with you. That way, not only will you know what they’re up to, but you’ll also be able to lay down the ground rules when you see them playing with a wire.
3. Use a Monitored Smoke Detector
To a pet, a battery-operated smoke alarm is likely to sound like just another noise that needs to be investigated. They’re not going to know that noise means “get out of the house as soon as possible.” By using a monitored smoke detector, a monitoring center will receive an alert when your smoke detector senses smoke and will send firefighters to your house to save your house and your pet.
4. Use a Window Cling
Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach it to a front window. The rescuers will know when they’ve found all the pets and this will save them precious time. This also ensures that no pet is left behind. Don’t just fill this out once and leave it though. When you get a new pet or lose a pet, update your cling. You don’t want firefighters looking for a pet that isn’t there to be looked for anymore. If your cat spends a lot of his time outdoors, make sure to list that too. There’s a good chance the cat won’t be inside.
By following these steps and taking the needed precautions, you can rest assured that your pet will be safe and ready if disaster ever strikes. Does one of these tips stand out to you? Do you have your own fire safety tip that we didn’t list? Share it below and help keep other pets safe, too.
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