Did you Know that Family Pets Start more than 1000 House Fires per Year?
Many folks don't realize that their pets could be the cause of a disaster if safety & fire prevention are not considered. Sometimes, a pet owner just doesn't "think" about the many things that could happen when their pets get mischievous.
As the proud owner of five cats and one goofy dog, We are very aware of the dangers of Candles, hot stoves, etc. There are actual cases of Dogs turning stoves on with their paws on accident while trying to snatch food that is left out. I imagine that is very rare, but one thing that is more common includes pets & candles.
I love candles, I have a Chocolate Chip Cookie Scented Candle that I burn every chance I get....It smells wonderful. I only light my candle when I am going to be monitoring the candle. Cat Tails and Candles certainly don't mix very well, and an over excited dog, can easily knock over a candle as well. Imagine getting a phone call that your home has burned and along with it, a four legged family member or more.
Below is a list of Fire prevention Tips from the American Kennel Club. They may seem like common sense, but often in our hectic & busy lives, common sense goes straight out the window.
- Extinguish Open Flames: Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Do not leave your pet unattended around open flames and make sure to extenguish any open flame before leaving your home.
- Pet Proof your Home: Walk around your home and look for areas where pets might start fires, such as stove knobs, loose wires, and other potential hazards.
- Secure Young Pets: Especially with young puppies & kittens, keep them confined from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home. Kennels can be purchased for a reasonable price and work great for this purpose.
- Keep Pets Near Entrances: When leaving your pets home alone, try to keep them in areas near entrances where firefighters and emergency rescue teams can find them quickly. Keep collars on each animal and have leashes easily accessable in case you have to evacuate quickly with your pet or firefighters need to rescue your pet.
- Affix a Pet Alert Window Cling: Write down the number of pets inside your home and attach the cling to a front window. We have them at every door and a few windows throughout our house. This information is critical for firefighters and saves time for the rescuers when locating your pets. You can obtain a free window cling at www.adt.com or ask your veterinarian for one...Most of them have a stash of window clings too!
- Keep Your Information Updated: Firefighters are very familiar with pet alert window clings so make sure you keep them updated. Knowing the accurate number of pets in the home will help the rescuers know they have safely removed them all and saves time. My window cling includes common hiding places for my cats to help assist the firemen in locating them in case of an emergency.
- Use Monitored Smoke Detection Services: As an added protection to battery-operated smoke alarms, smoke detectors connected to a monitoring center help save pet who can't escape when left home alone.