Fire Safety For Pets?
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Fire Safety and Your Pets
In school, we’re all taught to take preventative measures to ensure an adequate amount of fire safety in our homes. But what about our pets? Numerous pets are killed in house fires every year. We’ll be going over a few fire safety measures to keep our pets safe.
1. Do Not Leave Your Pet Alone With Fire Hazards
It may seem harmless to leave your pet alone for a quick trip to the store, but even small candles can present dangers. Our furry friend could easily run into or knock over a candle. This small candle can turn into a fiery blaze in no time. It’s best practice to avoid leaving your pets alone. If there are fire hazards around, they should be taken care of before leaving your home.
2. Pet-Proof Your Home
Keep all electrical wiring/appliances well out of the reach of your pets. Electrical wiring is found throughout your home. Curious pets may see these wires as harmless fun toys. With a little chewing and rough-housing, your pet can create an extreme electrical hazard which can then cause an electrical fire.
3. Have An Emergency Plan
Take note of all exits in your home. It’s essential that you’ll be able to reach the closest exit with your pet as quickly as possible. Make sure the necessary will be supplies will be available. Have your dog’s leash in a place of easy access and if you have a cat, make sure their carrier is always nearby and ready.
In emergencies, it’s easy to get separated from your pet- especially if you have kids to worry about. By having your pet microchipped, you can make it easier to find your lost pet.
Finally, your kitchen is probably the most dangerous place for your pet in terms of fire hazards. Make sure your pet is unable to reach anything cooking on the stovetop!