Pet Fire Safety Tips
Pets are family and keeping your family safe is priority number one! Pets are naturally curious and if they are left unsupervised, accidents can happen. It is estimated that there are around 500,000 house fires every year, so taking precautions to keep your pets safe is necessary. Pet Fire Safety day is coming up on July 15th, so we would like to share some tips to keep your furry friends out of harms way.
Electrical: Pets can and usually will try to chew on wires. Cats and Dogs aren’t the only ones who chew wires. There are countless cases of chewed up wires caused by guinea pigs, rabbits, hedgehogs, hamsters, mice, rats, ferrets, and others. Electrical wires and plugs could pose a serious threat to your pets. Not only can wires and plugs cause severe injuries, they can also be a serious fire hazard. If wires come in contact with fabric, paper, trash, etc., it could catch fire and cause even more damage to you, your pets, and your property. Take precautions and keep electrical cords out of reach from your pets.
Kitchen Hazards: Stove knobs, toaster ovens, and other kitchen appliances could be dangerous to your pets. Pets that are able to jump up onto counters or put their paws up onto a higher surface can potentially knock into a stove knob or touch a hot stove top. This, of course, will cause injury, but it can also cause small fires. Removing stove knobs or using covers will ensure that your pets don’t get into any trouble near the stove or anything extremely hot. Restricting your pet’s access to the kitchen while you are away is also a good habit to make sure your four-legged friends stay safe.
Emergency Checklist: Leave collars and leashes in areas with easy access, preferably near an exit. If your pet needs to be rescued or escorted out of a house/building quickly, you’ll be prepared and less likely to panic. Using window clings or door stickers will also help during emergencies (Sometimes volunteer firehouses will provide window clings for free). By listing the number of pets and their species or breed type will help emergency workers locate your pets and save them from fires or other hazards. Assess your pets after an emergency to see if they are injured or hurt in any way. Get to know the location of the nearest animal hospital if you need to take your pet for immediate treatment.
Everyone should be prepared for any emergency scenario. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that disasters can’t happen to you. By taking small precautions, you can prevent serious injury to yourself, your loved ones, and your pets!