In Honor of National Pet Fire Safety Day, We've put together our top 10 fire safety tips you can practice to reduce the risk of a fire, respond effectively in an emergency, and keep your pets out of harm’s way.
1- Use fire alert window decals.
These easy-to-apply window stickers let first responders know how many pets are in the home and where they may be located. This is a HUGE help to fire personnel when trying to locate and rescue a frightened or unconscious pet.
2- Secure stove knobs.
Some curious pets are particularly adept when it comes to turning knobs. If your pets can turn a doorknob, they can turn a stove knob too. Store the stove knobs in a drawer when not in use or purchase knob safety covers.
3- Avoid candles.
If you have pets (especially cats), a lit candle can be an temptation. If you enjoy the ambience of candlelight, try an electronic alternative. It may be less romantic, but it’s safer.
4- Secure your fireplace.
A fireplace can be a cozy gathering spot for our pets, but a stray spark can quickly ignite nearby a rug or dog bed. Move fabric items away from a fireplace when in use, and consider a glass fireplace guard to keep embers in their place.
5- Secure electrical cords.
Pets can easily mistake a tangle of electrical wires for a chew toy. Check out this Pinterest board for creative ways to bind cords together and secure them!
6- Avoid placing glass water bowls on wood decks.
Here’s one you may not have thought of: a glass water bowl left in the sun can act as a magnifying glass and focus the sun’s rays into a hot beam. On a wood deck not properly treated with flame-retardants, that heat could start a fire. Consider using a plastic or metal bowl instead.
7- Keep leashes and collars near the door.
If you need to leave your home in an emergency, keep your pet gear handy and close to a safe exit. If your pets are not microchipped, be sure they have identification on their collars.
8- Pet-proof a room for young pets.
Energetic young pets are more likely to get into mischief than their more cautious elders.When leaving them alone in the house for more than a few minutes, consider a crate or pet-proofed room to keep them out of trouble. For longer trips, consider boarding your pets at a reputable kennel.
9- Have a fire evacuation plan in place.
It’s always a good idea to have a Fire evacuation Plan and to practice getting your pets out of harm’s way. Assigning a family member responsibility for each pet can help avoid chaos in an emergency.
10- Don’t leave an open flame unattended.
Our Pets are curious, but they don't understand the risks posed by fire. A toppled candle or spilled grease can quickly become a tragic accident.
We hope these tips will help keep you and your pets out of harm’s way. Have any important tips we missed? Send them our way to Blog@LuluStellar.com 🙂
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