Protecting Pets from Fire

Just like humans, your pet needs a fire protection plan. Although animals are more likely to get out of a burning house before people, if all things are equal, it is a wise idea to fireproof your home in order to protect your pets and other animals from injury.

  • Make sure appliances are unplugged if not being used. Some animals like to chew on electric cords and this can cause a short out that starts a fire or injure the animals. If you have a pet that likes to chew, it is a good idea to store appliances in a safe place when not in use.
  • Make sure your pet cannot reach appliances, such as irons or hair dryers when not in use. Remember that cats like to jump and can get on top of an ironing board and if the iron is on, can start a fire.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended in a house with a pet.
  • Watch barbeque grill, especially when the grilling is done. Romping dogs can knock over the grill and hot coals are capable of starting a fire quickly.
  • It is a myth that animals do not like fire...the warmth appeals to animals.
  • Keep updated stickers on your doors that let police and the fire department know that there are animals in the house in case you are out of the house when a fire starts, especially if your pets are confined to a crate during the day.

With a bit of forethought, you can ensure that your pets will not cause a fire nor will get trapped in a burning house.


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