Today is National Pet Fire Safety Day. But I figure, why keep it national? People in other countries have pets, and a risk of fire, so let’s share!
Lots of people have pets that they really care about. But sometimes, their houses catch on fire and it can be hard to make sure everyone gets out unharmed, especially small children and pets.
Here are some tips to help you keep your pets safe:
- Make sure that your pet can’t knock something over that could start a fire while your gone. A hot lamp that falls onto a carpet could catch the carpet on fire. If you want to leave a light on, make sure it is one that can’t be knocked over.
- If you have small animals, like cats or smaller dogs, make sure there is no where that they can become trapped, or somewhere that you can’t get to them in case of an emergency.
- More obviously, extinguish open flames when you leave them. Pets are naturally curious, don’t leave your candles burning while you are not home. And make sure your fireplace it completely extinguished before you leave.
- Get a pet alert window sticker here, here, or here. Firefighters are familiar with these stickers. You should keep a list of the pets in your home so rescuers know how many pets they need to find if no one is home to tell them.
- Since pets can’t open doors by themselves (unless you have a genius pet, or a dog door that you leave open while your gone), pets can’t get out if they are home alone. Consider having a monitored smoke alarm that connects to an emergency response center, that can contact a fire department should your house catch fire.
It is very important for you to take all steps necessary to ensure your pet’s safety because the priority for firefighters is: People, firefighters, pets. Your pet’s safety comes last to firefighters. I feel that a pet is a member of the family and should therefore be treated with the same priority as people, but maybe that’s just me.
Keep your pets safe!