Fire safety and pet ownership may not be things you think about together, but the truth is that pets can be the source of many house fires. Around 1,000 house fires every year are caused by pets. In addition, around half a million pets are affected by house fires in the United States. If you are a pet owner, you need to know how to protect your pet and your home. Here are some tips to help prevent fires and reduce their impact on your pets.
Even if you think that candle is out of reach of your pet, do not leave an open flame unattended. Pets are curious, and they can leap up onto high surfaces to inspect the candle. Even if they are not drawn to the flame, something else could cause them to jump and knock over the flame, starting a fire. It’s best to avoid open flames altogether, so opt for diffusers or wax warmers instead of scented candles.
The tantalizing smells that come from the kitchen can entice pets of all types. If your stove knobs are not secured, your pet may inadvertently turn on the flame, increasing the risk of a house fire. If you can, keep your pets out of the kitchen when you are not in the room with them.
An electrical cord is tempting to chew, and if you leave them unattended or unsecured, you may end up with frayed wires that pose a fire safety risk. Bind cords so they do not dangle near curious paws and keep them out of sight when possible.
If you have to vacate your home in the event of a fire, you won’t have time to search for a leash for your pet. Simply opening the door and letting your pet run may cause you to lose them. Store the leashes near a door, so you can secure your pet and get them to safety in the event of an emergency.
In a true emergency, you may not have time to account for your pets. Consider having your pets microchipped or putting identification on their collars, so they can find their way back to you after an emergency.
The first goal of any first responder is to rescue the people in a burning home, but when it is safe to do so they will also rescue pets. Use a window decal to alert first responders to the presence of pets and where they may be within the home. This will help them find and rescue your beloved companion if you face a house fire emergency.
One of the best ways to avoid a catastrophe involving your pets is to install a fire sprinkler system in your home. Kauffman Co. is ready to help with that. We have exceptional fire sprinkler systems we can install in your home that will prevent a disaster should a fire start.
Reach out to Kauffman Co. today to learn more about our fire suppression and sprinkler systems, and how they can make your home, and your pets, a little safer.
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