Most of us treat our dogs as if they were members of our family. Having a plan for emergencies, such as a house fire, is something that everyone in the family should have in place. As a result, the American Kennel Club has designated July 15th, National Pet Fire Safety Day. Sparky’s life could be saved in the event of an emergency if you follow the advice provided here and prepare ahead of time.
In the privacy of one’s own home. Your pets will be at risk if you can’t always be at home to safeguard them. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recommends keeping your pets near the front door of your home while you’re away, so that they may be found quickly by firefighters or other emergency responders. When every second counts, you can’t afford to spend any time.
The Quest for Safety. Planning escape routes with your pets will help you be ready when you may not be thinking clearly during an emergency, just as children conduct fire drills at home and school. If you need to leave quickly or a rescue worker needs to guide your pet out to safety, have collars and leashes nearby or at an exit door.
Get a Grip. In the event of a fire, pets don’t know how to get out of harm’s way when a smoke alarm goes off. Battery-operated smoke detectors are necessary, but monitoring center-connected detectors may save lives. In the event of an emergency, these monitored detectors allow the linked center to notify the relevant emergency personnel that there are pets in the home even if the owner is not present at the time.
Just Say No. There are simple ways to let a rescuer know who is inside your house when every second counts. To keep track of the number of pets in your home, you can use pet alert window clings. Keep this information up-to-date regularly, whether it’s every few months or every time you perform a smoke detector test. Go to the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days website to pick up your free window cling. At www.akc.org, you may find more information.
More than 500,000 pets are affected by home fires each year, according to the American Kennel Club. Set up a plan today to guarantee that your pet family is safe and secure in the event of an emergency, especially if you are unable to be at home.
The incredible things that pets can accomplish, from opening the refrigerator to riding a skateboard, are well-documented if you’ve seen even one of those pet videos that your friends keep sharing on Facebook. However, did you realize that pets are responsible for around 1,000 home fires each year due to their carelessness?
When pets try to get their hands on food, they’re more likely to spark a fire on a stovetop than anywhere else in the house. A “kid-free zone” around the stove is just as important for pets as it is for children when it comes to cooking. While you’re cooking, enlist the help of your children to keep dogs out of the kitchen or use a baby gate to separate the two areas.
Even after the burners have been turned off, don’t leave tempting food on the stovetop. When a curious dog accidentally tapped the stove’s knob, the gas burner was ignited, resulting in a blaze that quickly spread throughout the house.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) provides some guidelines for keeping your pet safe in the event of a fire:
Make sure you don’t leave your pet unsupervised near any type of open flame. A fire in your fireplace, cooking equipment, or even a candle can all pique your pet’s curiosity.
Consider using a light bulb instead of an open flame for your candles. Fires have been created by pets igniting candles with their tails.
If you have a wooden deck, do not keep a glass water bowl for your pet outside. The wood deck can be heated and ignited by the sun’s rays as they pass through the glass and water. If you’re not in your usual place of residence:
Pets should not be left alone in rooms with restricted access. If you’re going to be away from home for an extended period, make sure your pets are in areas where the fire department can readily discover them. If firefighters are called to rescue your pet, be sure to have leashes and collars on hand.
Keep puppies and kittens in crates or behind baby gates out of areas where they could spark a fire.