Did you know? Some house fires each year are attributed to pets.
We all love our pets, and the last thing we want is for them to be harmed by a fire or even inadvertently cause a fire. In this post, we'll explore the most common hazards and show you how to protect both yourself and your pet.
By taking just a few measures, you can significantly reduce the risk that fire poses to your pet and yourself:
Watch Open Flames
Pets can be curious about candles, fireplaces, and other sources of flames. So, don't leave your pet unattended near an open flame. Also, make sure to extinguish open flames before leaving your home. As an alternative, consider using flameless candles. Cats are notorious for triggering fires by simply knocking over burning candles.
Keep Your Pets Away from Fire Hazards
Don't allow your pets into areas where they might be at risk. Keep them in crates or behind fences in safe areas when you're out and they're home alone.
Utilize Cameras and Alarms
Smoke detectors are a must in every home, but they alone can't protect your pet if you're not there. A combination of a smoke detector and a camera with an alarm feature provides more security. This way, you can be immediately contacted in an emergency even when you're away. Plus, you can give the fire department precise information about your pet's location during a house fire.
How to Safeguard Your Pets During Fires
It's good to know where your pets like to hide or nap. In the event of a fire, you can quickly gather them and get them to safety. Keep in mind that pets tend to become "invisible" when they sense fire. Use our PET FOX fire blankets as protective coverings during evacuation. Since your dog or cat might attempt to escape during a fire, it's better to keep them on a leash during evacuation. Alternatively, you can place them in a carrier lined with a fire-resistant blanket. This should be practiced beforehand to accustom the pets to the carrier.
How to Assist the Fire Department in Rescuing Your Pets
Consider the following to increase the chances of rescuing your pets during a fire and making it easier for the fire department:
- Inform the fire department about the presence of pets in your home.
- If you're not at home, place your pets near entrances so the fire department can easily locate them during a house fire.
- Attach stickers to your doors and windows indicating the number of pets you have. Also, list the types of pets present in the house.
- Microchip your pets and ensure the information is up to date.
By following the guidelines mentioned above, you've already taken significant steps to prevent fires and save your pet's life in case of a fire. However, it's best to take it a step further now by assembling a fire safety kit with proven tools like fire-resistant gloves and a lifestyle fire blanket from ASK THE FOX!