As pet owners we focus on the ways to get our pets safely out of the house in the event of a fire but we may be overlooking the facts that according to the National Fire Protection Association, approximately 1,000 fires each year are started by pets. Here are some ways to prevent your pets for starting or being injured in a house fire.
- Extinguish open flames-dogs and cats are curious and will want to investigate open flames such as candles and even fireplaces. Make sure any open flame is enclosed and away from the pets access and all fires are completely extinguished before you leave the house or leave the pet unattended in that area.
- Remove stove knobs-Put a protector over stove knobs or remove them before you leave the house. Your pets paws are the #1 starter of fires because of the ease they can touch stove knobs.
- Invest in flameless candles-Flameless candles are more like lightbulbs and with no open flames they are much safer. If they get knocked over there is no open flame to worry about and your cats tail won’t catch on fire if they’re walking around the candle.
- Secure young pets-Make sure puppies and kittens are secluded in a safe area and under supervision at all times. Baby gates and crates are important for keeping your pets safe and the smallest pets can sometimes cause the most trouble!
Be proactive in the event of an emergency. Consider a window cling that indicates the quantity and type of pets you have in the house so incase of a fire the Fire Department is aware. Also, keep your pets collars on and leashes at an easily accessible place, this makes it easier for Fire Fighters to locate and save your animals in the event of an emergency.