Nearly 1,000 house fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners’ pets. To spread awareness follow these tips on how to prevent your pet from starting a fire, as well as how to keep them safe. Extinguish open flames – Pets are curious and will investigate appliances, candles, or even 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 top is the number one piece of equipment involved in pets starting a fire. Use flameless candles – These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, taking the danger out of knocking it over. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles. Monitored smoke detectors connected to a monitoring center – Emergency responders can be contacted when you’re not home. These systems provide an added layer of protection beyond battery operated smoke alarms. Affix a Pet Alert Window Cling – Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Make sure to update the number of pets listed.
Jun 30 2015