Just about 1,000 home fires are caused every single year by the family pet while over 500,000 pets are involved in fires each year. We often act as though our pets are equal members of our family but when developing a fire safety plan, they get overlooked. Within this article we will cover some ways you can create a safe environment for your pets and a plan in the case a fire breaks out and your pet is home alone.
Monitored Smoke Alarm: A small flame in your home can turn into a major house fire within minutes. Wayne Alarm Systems monitored smoke alarms give you the fastest and most reliable way to contact your local fire department in case of an emergency. It can be the difference between saving your pets life and minimizing damage to your home.
Monitor Open Flames: Pets are extremely curious by nature and can be intrigued by the smallest flame. If you can’t keep an eye on any fire, then put it out. Pet or no pet, you should always extinguish a flame before leaving the house.
Stove Knobs: Most gas stoves out there are controlled by easy to turn knobs. A dog could easily jump up on the stove and accidently turn the gas on. To stay as safe as possible, remove the knobs or add knob locks.
Candle lights: If it’s that soft glow of a candle that you love, consider getting battery operated candles. They give off the same visual appeal without the fire hazard.
Pet Proofed Home: Walk through your home and make sure no potential hazards can be accessed by your dog. Things such as exposed electrical wires could be trouble if your pet started tangling up in them or chewing on the cord.
Pet Alert Window Cling: In the event that a fire breaks out, people may quickly look inside your home through a window. A pet safety window cling tells firefighters the number of pets in your home. It could make a huge difference.
Where to Crate Pets: If you are crating your pets, its best to do so near the front or back doors of your home. This will make it much easier for firefighters to find them.
Include Pet in Fire Escape: When a fire breaks out, your pet will not know what’s going on. Include them in your safety plan and try leaving leashes or collars near the door. These collars and leashes are also good visual cues for firefighters.