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National Pet Fire Safety Day - July 15th

Fire is nothing to play with. Each year, approximately half a million pets are affected by fire in their home. Of those, about a 1,000 of those incidents are caused by a pet. To bring attention to the dangerous pairing of fire and pets, the American Kennel Club and ADT Security have teamed up and have declared July 15th as National Pet Fire Safety Day.

Everyone has those, “oh no!” moments, when they remember they left something burning or on in their home. Any flame that is within reach of a paw or swipe of a tail, including fireplaces, candles and cooking appliances can be started very quickly. Flameless candles are a great option to still get the ambiance of a warm glow, without the risk of fire. Pets can also accidentally start fires by pushing the ignition light on a stove, the number one place where a fire in the home starts. To keep playful pets away, try taking the knobs off or try stove knob covers.

Leaving water out on a deck for a pet may seem like not a big fire hazard. But glass bowls and wood decks are a bad combination. Because a glass bowl heats up quickly from the sun, the glass can act as a magnifying glass, getting hotter and hotter until it starts a fire. Ceramic or stainless steel pet bowls are a much better option, and don’t shatter as easily if they break accidentally.

While no one wants to think about a fire starting in their home, it’s especially hard to think about if it happens when a person isn’t home to get their pet out. But there are ways to ensure that they are found as quickly as possible when firefighters arrive. This includes keeping a pet in rooms near a home’s doors. If they are in crates for the day, or gated off in a specific room, keep them close to a door. To further help firefighters get in and out quickly, collars and leashes should also be at the ready in case of an emergency.

It may seem like it’s not needed, or it’s too hard to remember to buy batteries from the store, but smoke alarms are a must. Simple battery operated smoke detectors are made to alert pet parents that a fire is happening in the home while they are there. More sophisticated smoke detectors can now connect to a monitoring system that alerts emergency responders to be informed of a fire even if you are not present. Whichever one is chosen, they can help greatly in preventing fires from getting out of control. It’s also easy to go online and purchase stickers that details what kind of animals are in the home and how many, so that first responders know exactly who they’re looking for if they need to come inside.

By looking around the home and keeping these tips in mind, in case things get hot, pet parents and their companions can stay cool under fire.