According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are nearly 1,000 house fires started by pets each year.

That is why “National Pet Fire Safety Day” on July 15, sponsored by the National Volunteer Fire Council, the American Kennel Club, and ADT Security Services, is so important.

Here are some important tips to prevent fires and keep your pet safe:

Remove Stove Knobs

Believe it or not, a cook top or stove is the number one piece of equipment involved in pets starting a fire, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Before you leave home, simply remove the knobs or protect them with covers.

Extinguish Open Flames

Never leave your pets alone near an open flame. Their curiosity can cause disaster. If you enjoy lighting candles, use flameless ones.  This way, if your playful pet knocks one over, there is no fire hazard.

Don’t Use Glass Water Bowls on a Wooden Deck

If the sun’s rays filter through the glass, they can heat up, causing the wood to catch fire.

Crate Your Animals

Crate your pets when you are not home. This will prevent them from getting into mischief that could ignite a fire.

Leave Pets Near an Entrance

When you’re not home, it’s best to leave your pets in a room that has easy access to the outside. This will help firefighters reach them quicker.

Create an Emergency Kit

Prepare an emergency kit for each pet. It should contain some food, treats, veterinary records, prescription medication (if applicable), and a photograph of the animal.

Have a Window Cling

Put a window cling on one of your front windows that states the type of pets you have as well as how many. This is very helpful to firefighters if you are not home. Remember to update the cling if you add a new pet to your family or if one passes away. The ASPCA offers the clings free of charge.

What to Do if There is a Fire in Your Home

In the event your home catches on fire, try to leash your pets or place them in a carrier before you get outside (don’t attempt this if the fire is severe). Pets tend to panic during a house fire and often run off as soon as the door opens.

It’s best to keep the leashes or carrier next to the door for easy access. If you can’t find your pets before it is necessary to evacuate, leave the door open and call for them once you get outside. They may be able to make their way out on their own (this works better for dogs than cats).

If you have any questions about National Pet Fire Safety Day 2015, or if you would like to learn about our pet sitting or dog walking services, contact us.

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