Few things are more terrifying than the thought of fire consuming your entire home. The thought of losing all your belongings to fire is alarming enough, but what about the possibility of losing your beloved pet as well? The U.S. ranks high for fire death rates in the industrialized world. According to data from the National Fire Protection Association, some 500,000 pets are affected by house fires every year.
Wildfires, electrical equipment malfunction, and faulty wiring are all common causes of house fires. But, pets left unattended also unknowingly start fires. As pet owners, you must take extra precautions to avoid house fires and protect your pet’s life.
Extinguish Candles, Turn off Lamps
Open flames pose a serious fire risk all by themselves, but with pets around the danger is even more profound. Aside from the inherent curiosity that most pets seem to have with flames, there is also the increased risk of accidents to consider. If you leave things like candles, stoves, and lanterns unattended, your pet might accidentally knock the implement over, which is likely to cause a fire.
Don’t leave open flames. Or, if you must use an implement that contains an open flame, make sure that your pet is unable to get near it. You might also consider using things like flameless candles, which are unlikely to start a fire if accidentally knocked over.
The National Fire Protection Association says that the leading cause of “pet started house fires” is pets accidentally turning on stoves. That often happens when the pet climbs onto a counter and walks over the stove, unwittingly turning on the knob.
Eliminate the danger by removing the stove knobs, deactivating the power, or locking the pet out of the vicinity altogether.
Hide Wires and Place Electricals Out of Reach
Things like loose wires, piles of paper, and rubbish are things which homeowners often take for granted, but these things can be a real fire hazard to mischievous pets. Remove the temptation by hiding exposed wires and placing electrical equipment out of your pet’s reach.
Keep Pets Near Entrances
You can significantly reduce the risk of pet started fires, and increase the chances of your pet being rescued in a house fire with one simple strategy; keep your pet near the entrance to your home. For one, that will keep the animal away from the rest of the house and the potential dangers. It also means firefighters will be able to easily find and rescue your pet if a fire does break out.
To ensure safe, quick transport, you should also place carriers, collars, and leashes near the entrance along with your pet. Furthermore, you must know your pets “safe hiding place” and bar restriction while you’re out so they can’t retreat there in fear, which would make it difficult for firefighters to find them.
Install Monitored Smoke Detectors
The more common battery operated smoke alarms are useful for alerting you to fire if you are at home. But, if you’re not around it might only serve to scare your pet. A great alternative is to install monitored smoke detectors.
These devices not only let off an audible alert when smoke is detected, but they will also notify you and the nearest fire department that there is a potential fire.
Prevention, as they say, is better than the cure. Fire poses a serious risk to your home and everything inside, including your pets. Take extra precaution to reduce the risk of fire and keep your beloved Fido or Fluffy safe. Now all you’ll have to worry about is keeping your furniture away from bored pets.