It is estimated by the National Fire Protection Association that home fires affect half a million pets. Statistics additionally revealed that almost 1,000 of these fires are accidentally started by the homeowner’s pets. To raise awareness about these dangers, the American Kennel Club (AKC) and ADT Security Services have teamed up with the third annual National Pet Fire Safety Day to be held on July 15th! At Valley Animal Hospital of McAllen, we understand that you want to keep your best friends and family as safe as possible, which is why we’ve prepared all of the information you’ll need.
According to AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson, not many pet owners consider the fact that their pets can be the reason why destructive fires start.
“Simple preventative measures, such as flameless candles and stove knob covers can mean the difference between life and death for your four-legged friends,” she added.
An accident can happen when you least expect it, especially if you’re not home to keep a watchful eye on your pets! Your pup could potentially reach up to your stove for a taste of that dish you’re letting cool, hit the stove knob and fill the house with smoke after a fire breaks out. The dangers are just too great, but there are plenty of ways to prevent your pets from starting fires:
- No Open Flames – There’s no doubt that your pets are naturally curious. This can be dangerous when they try to sniff around any lit candles or even the fire in your fireplace. Make sure every open flame in your house is extinguished before leaving and never leave your dog unattended around a fire.
- Stove Knob Removal – The National Fire Protection Association revealed that stove knobs are the most common kitchen equipment involved in fires. To avoid accidents, remove stove knobs or hide them with covers.
- Flameless Candles are a Must – This type of candle replaces the open flame with a lightbulb, which will considerably decrease the likelihood of fires.
- No Water Bowls on Wooden Decks – Although surprising, water in a bowl can magnify the sun’s rays enough to heat up and ignite a wooden deck. If you must, use ceramic or stainless steel bowls instead.
The following is a list of tips to help keep your pets as safe as possible:
- Your Pets Must Stay Near Entrances – If you’ll be away from home, make sure your pets are kept in areas near entrances so firefighters can find them in case of a fire. Additionally, keep their collars on and leashes close to the entrance.
- Young Pets Must Be Secure – If you’re away from home, keep your puppies away from fire hazards in crates or behind baby gates.
- Pet Alert Window Clings Are a Must – Place a static cling to your front window with the number of pets you own. This will help firefighters save time when locating them.
We Can Help
The veterinarians from Valley Animal Hospital understand how damaging a fire can be, which is why it’s so important to keep your pets safe. We are determined to help you do so by answering your questions and providing effective pet care when needed. We prioritize your pet’s health and are ready to keep them happy and by your side for as long as possible. For more information about our services, contact us in McAllen today.