Pet Fire Safety Tips

Posted On: 07-13-2018

We all love our pets and want to keep them safe.  So in honor of National Pet Fire Safety Day, we want to highlight some ideas on how to prevent fires, and how to be prepared for them.

How to prevent fires:

  • Do not leave an open flame unattended.  Pets are curious creatures and can easily cause a fire to start if left alone with an open flame. Since candles can easily be knocked over, flameless candles are a better option.
  • Keep your pet be away from the stove.  Even if a burner is not on, pets can bump or move the knobs, which can easily start a fire.  Keep your pets out of the kitchen or remove the knobs to keep your home, and pets, safe.
  • Did you know that glass water bowls on wooden decks can start fires?  We’ve all see the science experiment where you use a magnifying glass to start leaves or grass on fire.  Well, glass bowls can do the same thing.  Opt for a ceramic or stainless steel bowl instead.

How to be prepared for fires if pets are home alone:

  • When you leave, keep your pets near an entrance with collars on.  That way, if there is a fire, they will be easy to find and rescue.
  • Put a Pet Alert cling in your front window with the number of pets you have inside your house.  This allows rescuers to know how many pets to look for.

How to be prepared for fires when at home:

  • Make a family disaster plan and include your pet.  Who will be responsible for each pet?
  • Remember where your pet hides when scared.  This may be where it will go if a fire breaks out.
  • Plan to take your pet’s carrier when evacuating.  This will keep your pet contained and somewhat comfortable in a scary situation.
  • Ask a friend or family member if they will care for your pet in case there is an emergency so that, if you become displaced from your home, your pet will have someplace to go.

We hope that these tips will keep you and your pet safe and fire free!