Today, July 15th, is “national pet fire safety prevention day” in Saugus. According to the AVMA, about 40,000 pets die in residential fires each year, most from smoke inhalation, and 500,000 pets are affected overall. While fires can be started by people and pets alike, about 1000 pets accidentally start home fires each year. This is tragic and the most common ways fires start are due to candles left unattended, stove tops and fireplaces.
Here are 4 ways to be able to keep our pets out of harms way, and our homes, as well:
- Does your fur baby jump up on counters? They may unintentionally twist a knob on the stove. The good news, most stove tops will continue to stay on without starting a fire, if there isn’t anything setting on top of the stove. However, you will need to open the windows to let the smell out and to prevent inhalation gas inhalation.
- Are you a candle burner? Yes, I can personally say, I have accidentally left a candle going! Fortunately, most candles will burn out on their own. Dogs and cats are prone to knocking them over, if jumping up or when walking by and brushing their tail. Candles need to be supervised at all times when they are burning, to keep your pets safe.
- Ahhh, the infamous electrical cords… Does your puppy or cat like to gnaw on your electrical cords? It is always advised to keep them in a safe distance to prevent this, but, if this isn’t possible, it is best to invest in cord protectors: Walmart cord protectors.
- We all love Massachusetts for the old-world charm! Fireplaces are commonly found in homes across the state. Fireplaces that aren’t properly secured, can pose a threat to your pet and home. Some dogs and cats really enjoy the warmth it gives but can sometimes get too close and fur can be lit on fire, or they can knock something over and cause a house fire. Please, keep your pets at a safe distance and put up a fireplace guard.
A “just in case” checklist for emergencies:
- Keep your dogs leashes right at the main exit.
- Buy electric candles.
- Purchase window decals specifying how many pets are inside your home.