Pet Fire Safety Day

Pet Fire Safety Day

Pet Fire Safety Day is a great opportunity to ensure that your home is safe for yourself and your furry friends!

What is Pet Fire Safety Day?

The combined efforts of the Kennel Club and ADT Security Services led to the first Pet Fire Safety Day being held in the late 2000s. Since then, it’s been celebrated every year on the 15th of July!

The idea behind the event is to make pet owners aware of the hazards their beloved dogs, cats, or other animals could pose in the home concerning fire!

Many fires are caused by pets, especially when they are left alone on a property and the intention is that highlighting the dangers to owners can help in preventing them.

Pet owners should take advantage of the day to discuss who in a home is responsible for helping a pet escape in the event of a blaze and carry out some practice escape drills.

Here are some tips from the Kennel Club to help prevent fires and increase the odds of firefighters rescuing your dog should your home catch on fire.

Keep pets near entrances when away from home.
Keep collars on pets and leashes at the ready in case firefighters need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them, especially when visibility is low (in the case of smoke).

Secure young pets.
Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.

Make sure alarms are working.
Also, consider using monitored smoke detectors which are connected to a monitoring centre so that emergency responders can be contacted if you’re not home. These systems provide an added layer of protection beyond battery-operated smoke alarms.

Affix a pet alert window cling.
Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window (available at most pet stores) or use our FREE DOWNLOADABLE VERSION! This critical information saves rescuers time when locating their pets. Make sure to update the number of pets listed.

Prevent your pet from starting fires

Extinguish open flames
Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.

Remove gas stove knobs
Be sure to remove gas stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a stove or cooktop is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.

Invest in flameless candles
These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.

Beware of water bowls on wooden decks
Do not leave a glass water bowl for your pet outside on a wooden deck.  The sun’s rays when filtered through the glass and water can heat up and ignite the wooden deck beneath it. Choose stainless steel or ceramic bowls instead.

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