July 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Day. As such we thought it was important to share with you some tips you can follow to keep your pets safe from house fires. These tips and more information can be found at the American Kennel Club
- Pet Proof the Home – Take a walk around your home and look for areas where pets might start fires inadvertently, such as the stove knobs, loose wires and other potential hazards.
- Secure Young Pets – Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home.
- Keep Pets Near Entrances – When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them. If your pets have access to your whole home, we recommend keeping bedrooms and bathrooms closed while you are away.
- Practicing Escape Routes with Pets – Keep collars and leashes at the ready in case you have to evacuate quickly with your pet or firefighters need to rescue your pet. If you have mulitple excape routes, be sure to keep collars, leashes or pet carriers near each one.
- Since Pets Left Alone Can’t Escape a Burning Home – We highly recommend installing monitored smoke detectors that are connected to a monitoring center, as they provide an added layer of protection beyond battery-operated smoke alarms.
- Affix a Pet Alert Window Cling –A window cling allows you to notify firefighters that there are pets living in the home. Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. You can obtain a free window cling by going to www.adt.com/pets or at AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days events. Details are available at www.akc.org.
- Keep Your Information Updated – These days most local firefighters are familiar with pet alert window clings. That being said, it is very important that you keep the number of pets listed on them updated. Knowing the accurate number of pets in the house aids rescuers in finding all of your pets.
- Extinguish Open Flames – Pets, by nature, are generally curious. This curiousity can lead them to investigating 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.