As many dedicated pet owners already know, July 15 is National Pet Fire Safety Day. This day was first created to raise awareness of the numerous hazards that exist in many households and to open a nationwide dialogue about pets and fire safety. Below are several tips on keeping dogs, cats and the other non-human members of your family safe from the danger of fire.
Extinguish Open Flames
- Make sure all open flames are extinguished whenever you leave the room
- Invest in battery-powered flames to get a similar ambiance to real candles
- Put out the fire in your fireplace whenever you aren’t using it
- Always place lit candles at least 12 inches away from anything flammable
Provide a Safe Zone
- Use the entryway of your home to keep pets while you’re away at work
- Invest in gates to keep your pets from hiding in places you can’t find them
- Do not keep them leashed or in a kennel in your home so that they are comfortable
- Before leaving the house, make sure your pets cannot get to any hazardous appliances or wires
Protect the Young
- Train animals from a young age to behave when they’re not in their kennels
- Teach your younger pets to stay in one part of the house while you are away
- Keep electrical cords and wires out of reach to prevent them from biting and starting an electrical fire
Secure Your Property
- Invest in a home security system so that in the event of a fire or break-in, your system will be able to automatically call the proper authorities
- Buy pet cams to keep an eye on your pets while you’re not home. Security cameras would also get the job done.
Take Care with Appliances
- Remove the knobs of your stove or unplug it altogether if you’re going to be away
- Coffee makers and other small heat-generating appliances should be disconnected when not in use
- Unplug and stow away curling irons and hair strainers
- Keep any appliance wires neatly stowed away
Your pets depend on you to look out for them. Take a few minutes on National Pet Fire Safety Day, July 15, to examine your home and surroundings for fire hazards, and keep the remaining tips in mind to protect your pets from fire dangers the whole year through.