Yesterday was Pet Fire Safety Awareness Day. Many people don’t have a set plan for house fires. And sadly, even fewer have plans that include their pets. The United States Fire Administration estimates 500,000 pets are affected by house fires each year. To spread awareness about this important topic, we here at BestBullySticks have partnered with the great folks at 4 The Love of Animals to host a giveaway! Be sure to check out the information at the end of this post for details on how to enter.
Planning for emergencies doesn’t have to be difficult. With a little bit of research and practice, you can have your plan down pat in an afternoon. To make it easier, we’ve assembled some great tips to help you whip your fire prevention strategy into shape! Having a fire safety strategy has many benefits and may help reduce the chances of fire, injury and home evacuation.
Fireproofing for Pets
According to the National Fire Protection Association, an estimated 1,000 house fires are caused by pets every year. And the number one cause of these house fires? The stove.
Curious dogs often rest their paws on the edges of counter tops looking for food. If your dog happens to get curious around the stove, he/she might just bump one of those knobs! Consider using knob covers for your stove or remove the knobs altogether.
Candles have always posed a fire hazard; add a wagging tail to the mix and you’ve got an emergency. Pets aren’t always as careful as people. Sometimes they thoughtlessly bump into things, and on occasion, they enjoy causing trouble by push things off a table. Electric candles are safer and can dramatically reduce the chances of a fire.
Pet Alert stickers are an incredibly important tool that save many lives each year. You can get these stickers from the ASPCA free of charge. Place one at each entrance to your home to notify firefighters. Just be sure to keep it up to date with an accurate count of pets in the house!
While expensive, remotely monitored smoke detectors are also great investment. Pets who are left home alone aren’t able to call for help. Having a monitored fire system is a great way to stay on top of fire safety for your home even when you’re away.
Everyone should look into developing an evacuation plan of their own. If you do find yourself in the unfortunate position of having to deal with a house fire, having a plan will help you calmly take charge of the situation and make more sound decisions in the process. Consider these pet related precautions:
- Remain Calm: Animals will surely be scared during a house fire. However, by remaining calm you’ll give your dog a big boost in confidence making it easier for you and Fido to get out quickly.
- Carry Identification: Your dog’s collar and identification tags should be around their neck at all times. However, keeping a spare collar with tags and a leash at your door in case of emergency is invaluable in a clutch.
- Practice Makes Perfect: Practice your evacuation plan with your family and be sure to include your pets. By developing a routine with your pets, chances are they’ll be more comfortable and stick by your side during an emergency.
Be sure to share these tips with friends and family. Fire Safety Awareness is seldom practiced and it only takes one incident for tragedy to strike. Do your part in keeping your family and pets safe — develop a regimented routine and put backup plans into place.
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