Today is National Pet Fire Safety Day and it is all about making sure your pets don't inadvertently start your home on fire.
The National Fire Protection Association estimates that nearly 1,000 house fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners' pets.
Such things as loose wires, lit candles, stove top knobs and electrical cords can be hazards if your pet gets to them!
Take a walk through your home and locate all potential fire hazards and then move, fix or store them out of reach!
Don't leave pets unattended around open flames. This includes lit candles, fireplaces and BBQs.
Always make sure before you leave your home that these are distinguished completely!
If you use an Alarm Company make sure your fire detectors are connected to their fire response center. Pet's can't escape if your home is on fire and if you need to rely on a neighbor or a person passing by your home, precious minutes are lost.
You may want to consider placing a "Fire Safety" "Pets Inside" sticker in your front door or house window and make sure it is up to date with the correct number of pets inside. This can assist firefighters in trying to locate all of your pets. Although it was recently learned from the Gilbert Fire Fighters when we presented them with two pet Oxygen Mask Kits, that these stickers are not always noticed.
It was one of the questions we asked them, do they really look at the stickers?? The reply was "NO", they don't, and the reason was that we are such a transient state that often people move and the sticker remains on a window. Also, there is no where on the sticker that would inform the Fire Fighters where the animals would most likely be inside the house. (Favorite room, under a bed, etc.) and they simply do not have the time or need to risk their lives for something so uncertain.
My thought on the stickers..... I love them but understand them more now. I think if you update them and state that it is current with the year, that they will be noticed..... and it gives me piece of mind. So if you have one, put a date on it and let's hope it gets noticed!
Have a house safety plan. Of course people need to protect themselves and get out first and foremost, especially with a fast moving fire, but if there is time, make sure collars, leashes and maybe even a kennel are accessible at either your front or back door.
Make sure your pets are Microchipped: Here are two popular companies used: (Avid) (Home Again), so that if they escape and someone else finds them they will be more likely returned to you. Keep up to date tags with your information on each pet. Our unique member, Az QR Tags has the best, sturdy and state of the art Pet ID Tags. Check them out here at www.azqrtags.com. There is so much information you can put inside this QR Code Reader ID Tag. It's amazing and well worth the minute to look at.
Know your pet's hiding spots so you can go directly (if safety permits) to them and not have to look all over.
Thanks pet friends! Please feel free to pass on this important information to all of your pet owner friends and family! Keep safe!