10 Pet Fire Safety Tips

Did you know that pets and wild animals play a role in starting nearly 1,000 home fires every year? We all love our pets unconditionally, but it is important to remember that they are very curious, which could lead to a fire. We, therefore, recommend adhering to the safety tips listed below.

  1. Be sure to secure young pet(s) by keeping them in crates/cages or behind baby gates in a secure area of your home.
  2. Keep your pet(s) away from stoves, countertops, candles, lamps, and space heaters.
  3. Remove or cover stove knobs prior to leaving your home.
  4. Never leave your pet(s) unattended near an open flame and always extinguish any open flames prior to leaving your home.
  5. Consider purchasing flameless candles.
  6. Fireplace screens, preferably metal or heat-tempered glass, should remain in place.
  7. Embrace a three-foot “pet-free zone” around any fireplace.
  8. Ensure your pet(s) do not play near the chimney’s outside vents.
  9. Keep an eye on your pet(s) to prevent he or she from chewing through electrical cords.
  10. Ensure you include your pet(s) in your family’s evacuation plan.

 

 

Source: The National Fire Protection Association, American Red Cross