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National Pet Fire Safety Day!

by Kamie Roth July 15, 2020

National Pet Fire Safety Day!

National Pet Fire Safety Day!

 Every year more than 500,000 pets are affected by house fires, with around 1,000 of those fires being started by the pets themselves. Alongside this there are also on average over 70,000 wildfires occurring across the nation, causing millions of acres to be burned on a yearly basis. You never know when you can be affected by fire, but prevention and preparation for both you and your loved ones can make all the difference in the world!

 Preventing a Fire       

  • Reduce open flame exposure – Never leave an open flame unattended! Our pets tend to be curious creatures and love to check out candles, fireplaces, and firepits. Opt for flameless or enclosed areas to prevent any accidental knock or escaped ember!
  • Protect your stove- Removing knobs, adding covers, and discouraging climbing on or by the stove can keep your pet from any accidental nudge that can turn on the stove without your knowledge. (This is the #1 cause of house fires caused by pets).
  • Secure loose wires- Pets often chew on wires and cords when given the chance, don’t give them that chance!
  • Never put a glass bowl on a wooden porch- The sun’s rays can heat the bowl and lead to a fire, use ceramic or stainless-steal dishes instead.

Preparing for a Fire

  • Don’t forget about your pet- Plan AND PRACTICE your evacuation plan, including your pet along the way. Make sure all family members know their own responsibilities for any emergency situation. This can include who grabs the pets and who grabs the necessary emergency supplies. Practice makes perfect and will reduce panic and help everyone get to safety together.
  • Evacuation kits- Keeping an evacuation kit (with updated paperwork, vaccination records, medications, ID, first aide, tack, etc.) can give you the tools to handle both house fires and wildfires where a quick evacuation is a must. Wildfires are often quick moving and overwhelming but knowing your local evacuation plan will help you know what to do and where to go.
  • Monitor Smoke Detectors- Check all household/barn smoke detectors on a regular basis (at least twice a year is recommended).
  • Know your pet- Know how to find your pets’ hideaways and escape routes so less time is wasted when trying to find them during an emergency.

During a Fire

  • Attempt to grab your pet and exit dangerous area- If it takes too long to secure your pet it is best to leave and when emergency responders arrive let them know your pet is inside and they will do their best to ensure everyone makes it out safely. Never endanger yourself or your family by delaying your evacuation. If unable to move your horse to safety, use whatever is available (spray paint, livestock crayon, etc.) to ID your horse before letting them out. This will help find and identify them after the situation is over.
  • Don’t forget leashes, halters, or carriers- Emergencies often feel chaotic and stressful and keeping your pet secure will prevent them from running away and getting lost.
  • Never go back inside a burning building or field- If you cannot locate your pet, leave an open pathway if you can and continue to call their name from a safe distance. Let the firefighters take over the task of locating your pet!

Keep everyone healthy and happy by being prepared for the worst!

Author, Heather Carter

Kamie Roth


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