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National Pet Fire Safety Day

July 15, 2015, marks National Pet Fire Safety Day in the United States. According to the National Fire Protection Association, each year an estimated 500,000 pets are affected by home fires and approximately 1,000 of these fires are started by pets themselves. These statistics highlight the importance of pet fire safety in keeping animals and homes safe from accidental fires.

Prevent your pet from accidentally starting a fire

Implementing the following precautions can help to reduce the risk of pet-started fires in your home.

  • Remove or cover stove knobs. Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a stove top is the number one piece of equipment involved in pet-started fires.
  • Extinguish flames. Be sure to extinguish any open flame (including fire places) before leaving your home.
  • Invest in flame-less 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 in particular 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 actually heat up and ignite the wooden deck beneath it. Choose stainless steel, wooden, or ceramic bowls for your pet instead.

Ensure pet safety at all times

In the event of an actual home fire, taking the following precautions will help in the evacuation of family pets.

  • Secure young pets. Puppies and kittens are especially curious. To keep them from potential fire-starting hazards it may be safest to put them in crates or use baby gates to keep them in secure areas while you are away.
  • Keep your pets near entry/exit points when you are away from home. When you are out of the house, keep your pets in rooms with a door/window that directs outside. This will make it easier for fire fighters to rescue your pets if needed.
  • Practice escape routes with your pets. Keep leashes and collars close to exits in your home and practice fire drills periodically with your pets so they also know what to do in case of an evacuation.
  • Invest in a Pet Alert window cling. Having a Fire Emergency Window Cling on windows near the entrance to your home will help fire fighters know exactly how many animals are in your home. Be sure to keep the number of pets updated.

Pet owners can also educate and train themselves on pet first aid and emergencies by utilizing the Pet First Aid & Disaster Response Guide and Pet Emergency Pocket Guide.

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In order to protect the interest and safety of pet we are celebrating "National Pet Fire Safety Day"; in this day we are getting suitable instructions on how to protect our pets from fire and other kinds of harmful incidents mostly from fire. Fire is really harmful for human as well as for animals and we used to follow strict instructions to protect from fire and also take precautions to overcome from fire injuries. Pets are unable to protect them from fire injuries as they don't have sufficient strategies we pet owners are having the responsibility to protect them from different problems.

August 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShane Murphy

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