Pet Fire Safety

08/08/18 at 08:27 AM | Published Under Pet Care by Sandy Robins

According to the National Fire Protection Association pets start more than 1000 household fires annually destroying homes and often not surviving if they are home alone at the time. 

Typically, pets start fires by chewing electrical cords, knocking over candles, space bar electric heaters and gas heaters, chewing on electrical blankets and knocking knobs on a stove. 

By doing a walk-through of your home and making a few changes can help to lessen the likelihood of such accidents happening.

  • Candles. This is an easy one. Remove all real candles from the home and replace with very realistic flameless ones.
  • Make sure the doggie toy box is positioned away from any electrical cords that may be exposed on the floor. Some pooches, especially aggressive chewers will remove a toy and chew through the toy and any wires its lying on!
  • Ensure loose toys are nowhere wires either!
  • It’s a good idea to cover all loose cables with special pet electrical cord protection covers that are infused with citronella which is a great chew deterrent.
  • Dogs have been known to drag their pet beds over to a space bar heater or a log fire.  Fire screens are an essential – even if it’s not a real log fire.
  • Even if your cat is allowed on kitchen counters, it’s important to ensure she goes nowhere near the stove top. Training will easily let her know it’s a no-go zone. Cats have been known to inadvertently knock against a stove knob turning it on.
  • Similarly, never leave food on the stove. A tall dog can jump up to grab and, again, knock against knobs purring them on!
  • Always remove an electric blanket when not in use. 
  • If you are planning to be out of town for a few days, it is a good idea to switch of electrical and gas appliances.
  • Be sure your smoke alarms are in working condition. Many fires get out of control because they are not operating effectively. And while you are in check mode, make sure those carbon monoxide alarms are in working order too!

It’s advisable to inform your neighbors if you have pets so they can alert emergency services if needed. It’s also a good idea to put decals on windows on both the front and back of your home alerting to the number of pets that reside within too.

 

 

 

About the Author

Sandy-dog-554x1024 Sandy Robins

As the country’s leading multi-media celebrity pet lifestyle expert and  influencer, SANDY ROBINS documents the wonderful relationship that we have with our pets highlighting trends and innovative ideas as they happen.

Many dogs and cats have lifestyles that mirror their pet parents’ own lives. Nothing is too good for our fur kids. Consequently, the pet industry is a 58 billion dollar business – bigger than toys, candy and jewelry combined. Sandy documents this industry every step of the way  highlighting how these trends can improve our pet’s general health and well being and enhance our human-animal bond.

 

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