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Pet Fire Safety

7/15/2016

Valerie Johannsen People & Brand Manager

We finish off our pet safety week with some important tips for pets and fire safety. It’s important that owners educate themselves on how to prevent their pets from starting a fire – and how to keep them safe from fire as well.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, an estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by residential fires. In addition, nearly 1,000 residential fires are actually started by pets. Knowing what precautions to take for either scenario is essential in keeping your pets, family and your home safe from fire.

Fire Prevention Tips

  • Secure Loose Wires – Make sure that wires and cords from appliances and electronics are secured and not easily accessible to your dog or cat. Not only is there the danger of fire from an electrical spark if mangled, your pet might also be electrocuted.
  • Protect Stove Knobs – A stove or cooktop is the number one trigger for pets accidentally starting residential fires. Gas stoves (and even electrical stoves) that are ignited when a pet inadvertently turns a knob have completely destroyed homes. Securing the knobs with locks, or even removing them after use, is highly recommended if you own a dog or cat.
  • Extinguish Flames – Fireplace fires, candles and open flames on the stove inspire curiosity in animals. Make sure that if you have an open flame in your home that you are mindful of your pets – and always extinguish the flames (and hot cinders in a fireplace) after use.
  • Use Flameless Candles – Candles that run on batteries never have to replaced and are better for the environment (and your indoor air quality). A burning candle in your home is a true fire hazard with pets, so investing in flameless candles for ambiance is a smart decision for several reasons.
  • Glass Water Bowls – The use of glass water bowls outside, especially when set on wooden decks, are not advised. The glass and water can filter the sun’s rays and ignite the wood, especially if it is dry or untreated. Vets suggest stainless steel or ceramic bowls for the outside.

Pet Safety Tips

  • Collars – Keep collars on your pets, even when left inside the house alone. This will help first responders know if they have special medical or dietary needs – and help identify them if they happen to escape the house during a fire emergency.
  • Install A Pet Door – This is the best line of defense in case of a fire. Giving your animals an escape route will help ensure they are able to evacuate the home and head to safety.
  • Window Clings – Make sure that firefighters are alerted to the presence of pets with vinyl stickers that supply the number and type of animals that are inside. You can acquire free window clings at your local fire department.
  • Secure Pets – If you have puppies, keep them secured from potentially dangerous areas of the home when you are away. Keep them in crates or in rooms closed off with baby gates or locked doors. The mix of rambunctiousness and curiosity makes puppies especially prone to causing fires.
  • Keep Pets Close to Entrance – When you have to leave your pets home alone, try to keep them in areas close to the entrance. This will make them easier to find for firefighters or first responders in the case of a fire.

At Service Legends we love our pets and take their comfort and safety very seriously. While taking precautions for fire, we want to remind you to also make sure that the indoor temperature for your pets during the summer is kept at a maximum of 78 – 80 degrees. Any warmer and a dog or cat might suffer from overheating. If you are having problems with you’re A/C cooling properly – and you have pets that are kept inside all day, call us today for a complete assessment.

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