An estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by home fires, however, nearly 1,000 house fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners’ pets, according to a new data analysis by the National Fire Protection Association.
The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) and ADT Security Services have
joined forces once again for the third annual National Pet Fire Safety
Day (July 15) to spread awareness about how pets can start home fires
but more importantly how to prevent them.
“Not many pet owners realize that their pet can actually be the cause
of a devastating fire,” said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “Simple
preventative measures, such as flameless candles and stove knob covers,
can mean the difference between life and death for your four-legged
Chris and Kay Wardlow of Oklahoma know that all too well. Their
curious dog Lucy was home alone and spied a cake on the stove top. As
Lucy tried to get a taste, her paw accidentally hit the stove knob and
turned on the gas burner that was under the cake pan. Within minutes,
the house was filled with smoke, triggering the Wardlow’s ADT monitored
smoke detector. Firefighters were called to the scene, the house was
saved and Lucy was rescued.
“Planning for unexpected emergencies like home fires and taking these
precautions are an integral part of responsible pet ownership,”
AKC® and ADT offer the following tips to educate pet owners on how to
prevent your beloved pet from starting a fire, as well as how to keep
your pets safe.
Prevent your pet from starting fires
Extinguish open flames – Pets are generally curious
and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in
your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open
flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before
leaving your home.
Remove stove knobs – Be sure to remove stove knobs
or protect them with covers before leaving the house. According to the
National Fire Protection Association, a stove or cook top is the number
one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.
Invest in flameless candles – These candles contain
a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your
pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when
their tails turn over lit candles.
Beware of water bowls on wooden decks – Do not
leave a glass water bowl for your pet outside on a wooden deck. The
sun’s rays when filtered through the glass and water can actually heat
up and ignite the wooden deck beneath it. Choose stainless steel or
ceramic bowls instead.
Keep your pets safe
Keep Pets Near Entrances When Away From Home – Keep
collars on pets and leashes at the ready in case firefighters need to
rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or
rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
Secure Young Pets – Especially with young puppies,
keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you
are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure
Since Pets Left Alone Can’t Escape a Burning Home – Consider
using monitored smoke detectors which are connected to a monitoring
center so emergency responders can be contacted when you’re not home.
These systems provide an added layer of protection beyond
battery-operated smoke alarms.
Affix a Pet Alert Window Cling – Write down the
number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front
window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your
pets. Make sure to update the number of pets listed.
In partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council, pet owners can obtain a free Pet Fire Safety Window Cling on National Pet Fire Safety Day, July 15th at local volunteer firehouses nationwide. For a list of locations, visit www.nvfc.org/windowclings. The clings are also free online at www.adt.com/pets and will be available this September at your local AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day. This year’s flagship event will be held in Raleigh on September 25th. Visit https://www.akc.org/clubs/rdod/ for more information on an event near you. Additionally the clings will be available at Meet the BreedsTM, October 16th and 17th at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. For more information, visit www.meetthebreeds.com.
A Lot has happened over these 2 years. I got a Dadda hooman and a sissy (becoming a family), and you fans keeps visiting our blog, Instagram & even our twitter.
Life with her and Dadda and even Sissy is great. But it also makes me think of all the kitties that no has hoomans, that no has a family. Though there are many things I might like to has (like a truck of treats or unlimited belly rubs), most of all for my 2nd Gotcha-versary I wants more kitties to get adopted- for more kitties to get rescued.
Maybe you no can has a kitty for some reason. I gets that. My hooman brother Dillon is allergic, so we has to keeps distance from him when he’s with Momma and Daddy. Or maybes you live some place you no can has any kind of furrbabies. But you can still donate food, litter, or even small toys to local rescues and shelters.
I lives a very blessed Cat life. Momma and Daddy does spoil me and sissy with treats and toys (though string is still my favorite) . So, for my 2nd Gotcha-versary, I would like donations be sent to local rescues and shelters.
Thank mew for continuing to follow Sissy and I along our adventures. We hope to be doing more videos for mew along the way. We lub you, and are grateful you lub us.