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National Pet Fire Safety Day – July 15, 2022

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July 15, 2022 is National Pet Fire Safety Day!

One of the hallmarks of responsible pet ownership is keeping them safe and planning for unexpected emergencies, including fires in your home. Make sure you have a plan for your pets in case of a fire and always have working smoking alarms on every level of your home and in each bedroom.

Emergency Planning and Evacuation

The best way to protect your pets from the effects of a fire is to include them in family emergency planning. This includes having disaster supplies ready as well as arranging in advance for a safe place for them to stay in case you need to leave your home. When you practice your evacuation plan, practice taking your pets with you.

Keep Pets Away From Danger

Keep pets away from candles, lamps, space heaters and stoves. According to the American Red Cross, cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles. Keep your pets safe from fire is by keeping them (and kids!) three feet (1 meter) from stoves/ovens and heating appliances.

Pets Are Curious Creatures

Pets may bump into, turn on, or knock over cooking equipment. Keep pets away from stoves and countertops, and other electrical devices that pose danger to you and your pets.

Don’t Chew on That!

Some pets like to chew, especially young pets. Keep a watchful eye on pets and keep them away from electrical cords. If there is any damage, have the electrical cords checked by a professional.

Help Firefighters Help Your Pets

  • Keep pets near entrances when away from home. Keep collars on pets and leashes ready in case firefighters need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
  • Considering affixing a pet alert window cling and attaching the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Make sure to keep the number of pets listed on them updated.
  • During an emergency, pets will likely hide. Know their favorite spots in the home so you can communicate the locations to firefighters.

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