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Did you know? Pets or wild animals contribute to starting approximately 750 house fires per year.
We all love our pets, but the last thing we want is for them to start fires and get hurt. In this post, we'll talk about how to keep your pets safe from fires.
How to Prevent Your Pets From Starting Fires
Prevention is always better than cure. Here's how to prevent your pets from starting fires:
Watch out for open flames.
Pets get curious about candles, fireplaces, and other fire sources. So, don't leave your pet unattended around an open flame. Plus, make sure you put out any open flames before leaving your house.
As an alternative, you can use flameless candles. Cats are notorious for starting fires because their tails knock lit candles over.
Keep your pets away from fire hazards.
Put your pets away from fire hazards at home. Keep them in crates or behind fences in secure areas when leaving them alone at home.
Use cameras and alarms.
While smoke alarms are a must in any home, they alone won't keep your pet safe when you're not in the house. So, you must use them with cameras.
Pet cameras can alert you when smoke alarms go off. They also help tell firefighters where your pet is located during a home fire.
How to Keep Your Pets Safe During Fires
Here's how to keep your pets safe during a fire emergency:
Know where your pets hide and nap.
Knowing where your pets hide or nap helps you quickly locate them and get them to safety in case of a fire. Remember, pets tend to hide when they sense fire.
Use leashes and carriers when evacuating.
Your dog or cat may try to run during a fire, so put them on a leash while evacuating. As an alternative, you can put them in a carrier. However, you need to practice this in advance so they become comfortable with the carrier.
How to Help Firefighters Rescue Your Pets
Follow these guidelines to help firefighters rescue your pets:
Keep pets near entrances when you're not at home.
Place your pets in areas near entrances where firefighters can easily find them during a house fire.
Inform them that there are pets at home.
Put stickers on your doors and windows and write down how many pets you have in your home. The stickers should also specify what types of pets are inside.
Keep your pets' microchips and tags updated.
Have your pets microchipped and ensure their tags include updated information so you can easily find them.
Follow the guidelines above to prevent a fire and save your pet's life during a fire emergency.