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Pet Fire Safety: Keep Your Pets Safe!

July 15 is National Pet Fire Safety Day! Each year thousands of pets are injured or killed in fires. A fire emergency can happen without warning, so it’s important to be prepared just in case. Taking a few easy precautions can help keep your pets safe in a fire.

Home Fire Prevention

Taking measures to prevent fires is the best thing you can do. Here are some ways to prevent fires from starting in your home.

  • Watch out for open flames – Having open flames around your home could lead to disaster, even if you are careful. Candles and fireplaces are common culprits. If you do decide to light a candle or have a fire in your fireplace, keep an eye on it. A pet can easily stumble through and knock a lit candle over.
  • Be mindful of stovetops A pet could accidentally start a fire if they are wandering around your kitchen. If a pet accidentally hits a stovetop knob or bumps something by the stove, there could be consequences. Discourage pets from walking around the stove or keep covers on the stovetop to prevent accidents.
  • Look out for loose wires – Pets may accidentally trip on, or chew on, loose wires and cables. Lamps, plugs, and other wires can quickly become a fire hazard. Keep these wires safely tucked away from a pet’s reach.
  • Don’t use glass bowls – Though glass food and water bowls may look nice, they can also be a fire hazard when used outside. If positioned directly in the sun’s rays, it could magnify the heat and accidentally cause a fire on a deck or porch. Instead, opt for plastic or ceramic bowls.

Fire Safety Tips

These additional steps can make it easier to keep your pet safe if a fire does occur!

  • Rescue Alert Stickers – Having a decal on your windows indicating the number of pets in your home can help firefighters locate them during an emergency.
  • Install monitored Smoke Detectors – monitored smoke detectors will automatically alert the local fire department if they are set off. If a fire breaks out when you are not home, firefighters can still respond.
  • Keep note of where your pets hide – If you need to evacuate quickly, knowing where to find pets can help make the process go faster. It may also help firefighters locate your pets.
  • Create an emergency kit – Having an emergency kit ready to go can come in handy when you need to leave your home quickly. Place the kit near an exit.
  • Microchip your pets – While having your contact information on your pet’s collar is important, a microchip is a more permanent form of identification. If you pet is separated from you during a fire, this can help reunite you!

Fire Plans

The best thing you and your family can do is create a fire plan together. This includes going over escape routes, meeting points, and other emergency protocol. For more about how to put together a fire plan, click here! It’s also important to assign someone to collect the pet(s), if possible when evacuating. Having assigned roles helps mitigate confusion during a stressful situation. Be sure to rehearse your fire plans!

During a Fire

If a fire starts in your home, carry out your fire plan. If possible, have someone grab a leash or crate to help secure your pet. If the fire becomes too dangerous, do not try to find your pet. Instead, get out and leave a door open. Let the firefighters know that there may be a pet inside. Do not risk your safety to find your pet!

Even with preparation, fires can still occur. Hopefully these tips will help keep your family, and pets, safe.

For any questions, call an Encharter agent today at 888.754.8299!

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