National Pet Fire Safety Day is July 15 2015
National Pet Fire Safety Day is July 15 2015. Observance of this day began in 2007, when the American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services sought to highlight the dangers that fire hazards pose to pets. It is estimated that 500,000 pets are affected by home fires every year and that nearly 1,000 of these fires are started by pets. However, there are ways that pet owners and National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) members can prevent pets from causing house fires.
It is essential to make sure that all open flames are extinguished before leaving the home. A curious pet may want to explore anything with an open flame, such as a fireplace, candles, and even cooking appliances. Flameless candles use a light bulb and eliminate the threat of a pet knocking over a candle. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the number one cause of fires started by pets is a stove knob. Therefore, it is recommended that stove knobs be removed or covered before leaving. A glass water bowl can also be a fire hazard for pets, because the sun’s rays may heat up the glass and ignite the wood on the deck. Stainless steel or ceramic bowls are safer on a hot deck.
It is always safer to ensure that a pet wears a collar, and to keep leashes close to a door in case the family needs to make a quick exit with the pet, or firefighters need to rescue it. Especially for young pets, it is best to keep them away from potential fire-hazard materials by using baby gates or crates. For an extra level of security, pet parents may purchase a monitor smoke detector, which contacts emergency responders when no one is at home. Pet alert window clings, provided by The National Volunteer Fire Council are available to show what kind and how many pets are in the household. The clings are available at local volunteer firehouses nationwide. Make sure to keep the cling updated if a new pet is added to the household.
Pet parents and NAPPS members may go to http://www.nvfc.org/windowclings to find the closest volunteer firehouse.