National Pet Fire Safety Day - July 15th
National Pet Fire Safety Day is July 15, and was began in 2007 by the American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services to highlight the dangers that pets can be exposed to by fire hazards. It is estimated that 500,000 pets are affected by home fires every year and that nearly 1,000 of these fires are started by pets. However, there are ways that pet owners and National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) members can keep pets from causing fires in a home.
One way is to make sure that all open flames are extinguished before leaving the home. Pets can get curious and will want to explore anything that has an open flame, including a fire place, candles and even cooking appliances. Flameless candles have a lightbulb and eliminate the threat of a pet knocking over a candle. The number one piece of equipment involved in fires started by pets is a stove knob, according to the National Fire Protection Association. So it is recommended to either remove stove knobs or cover them before leaving. A glass water bowl can also be a fire hazard for pets, due to the glass heating up from the suns rays and igniting the wood on the deck. Stainless steel and ceramic bowls work much better on a hot deck.
There are means that pet parents can do to keep pets safe from fire hazards. One consideration to keep in mind is to make sure that a pet always has a collar on and to have leashes close to a door, in case a family needs to make a quick exit or firefighters need to rescue the pet. Especially for young pets, it is best to keep them away from potential fire-hazard materials by using baby gates or crates. For an extra level of security, pet parents can purchase a monitor smoke detector, which can contact emergency responders when no one is at home. Another purchase that pet parents might be interested in are the pet alert window clings, which detail what kind and how many pets are in the household. Make sure to keep the cling updated if a new pet is added to the household.
Pet parents can get a free emergency pet alert sticker here. Your local pet supply store may also sell similar stickers.