With Pet Fire Safety Day coming this Saturday, July 15, I’m partnering with Petplan to raise awareness about prevention and planning for emergencies.
I’ll be honest: the idea of a house fire is my biggest nightmare, so it’s super important to me to do everything I can to make sure that my home and family are safe. With more than 350,000 house fires each year, and up to 3 a day caused by pets, it’s up to us to know what to do to stop these totally preventable tragedies.
Below are a few simple things we can do to prevent fires and be prepared in the event of an emergency.
1. Replace traditional candles with flameless ones. These are cleaner and healthier for your family anyway, and they won’t cause a fire.
2. Make sure your home’s smoke detectors have fresh batteries and test them often to make sure they’re working properly.
3. Keep a working fire extinguisher in the home and make sure all family members know how to use it.
4. Have an exit plan in the event of an emergency. Know your “escape routes” and meet-up locations with other family members. Make sure leashes and/or pet carriers are near an exit. Also, your pet should be wearing an ID tag with current contact information.
5. Place a pet rescue alert in the front window of your home so that first responders will know there are pets to be rescued.
These are simple things, but they could mean the difference between life and death for your family and pets. Don’t become a statistic; there is power in being prepared, and you will never be sorry that you took these steps to ensure your family’s safety.
Speaking of statistics, here are some interesting ones regarding pets and home fires. You might be shocked to learn that half a million pets are impacted by fires every year. That’s just crazy!
What tips do you have for fire safety and prevention at home?
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