Today (July 15) is National Pet Fire Safety Day. The American Kennel Club started the day 3 years ago to spread awareness about how pets can start fires and how to prevent them. Pets can also be victims of fires they didn’t start and preparation can help firefighters to save them. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that 500,000 pets are affected annually by home fires each year. Nearly 1000 house fires are accidentally started by pets inside the home.
The AKC website has some tips to try and reduce the risk of your pet starting a house fire. Most of them are pretty obvious and the first is to not have your pet unsupervised around an open flame. One other thing today does is to increase the awareness of the importance to have cling signs at the entrance ways to your home letting fire fighters know how many pets are in your home. It’s best if you can put how many of each type, like 3 cats and 1 dog. If you don’t have these on your home already, they are available at most pet stores. Two links in the AKC article on Pet Fire Safety Day that said you could get free signs from the National Volunteer Fire Council and ADT did not provide that info. If you are served by a volunteer fire department the signs may be available at your local firehouse, but you may want to call them in advance.
You also want to know where your pet’s safe haven in your house is. This is where your pet goes when it’s scared. If you don’t know, or want to double check, test your smoke alarm and watch where it goes. If you can put this on the cling sign, it gives the rescue workers a place to go and they won’t waste time looking for your pets. These seconds could make a difference in them being able to save your pets.
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