National Pet Fire Safety Day - July 15
National Pet Fire Safety Day is observed on July 15 each year. You can help protect your pets by knowing the facts and being prepared! The National Fire Protection Association estimates that nearly 1,000 home fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners' pets.
Tips for Preventing House Fires
- Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
Remove Stove Knobs
- Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house - a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.
Invest in Flameless Candles
- These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.
Secure Young Pets
- Keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.
Make an Emergency Kit
Assemble a portable emergency kit with enough supplies to last 7 days. Suggested items to include:
- Medications and medical records
- Leases, harnesses, carriers
- Current photos in case pet is lost
- Bowls, cat litter and pan, can opener
- Plastic bags and paper towels to clean up pet waste
- Toys and blankets or pet bed
- Emergency contact numbers
- Food and bottled water