National Pet Fire Safety Day is July 15th, and it’s a great time to go over some pet fire safety tips that can prevent fires around the house and keep your cat safe in the event a fire breaks out.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says pets are responsible for over 1,000 house fires each year in the United States and an estimated 40,000 pets die in fires, mainly from smoke inhalation.
Being prepared and following pet safety tips can save the life of your cat and your own.
How can pets start fires?
Fires started by pets are almost always the result of pet parents accidentally leaving their pets in dangerous situations.
You may have heard stories similar to the video above, in which a cat with an open flame could knock over a candle and set an apartment on fire. Fortunately, nobody was injured and the fire brigade was able to put out the fire.
Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, and it’s just one example of the types of dangers cat parents can unwittingly expose their pets and themselves to.
Prevent pets from causing accidental house fires
To help protect your home and cat from accidental fires, do the following:
- Use flameless candles that have a lightbulb instead of a wick. If your preference is for real candles, never leave pets unattended near an open flame, whether it be a candle, fireplace, stove, or any other fire that they can reach or accidentally knock over. Cats are known to be curious and knock things over, so be careful.
- When your cat jumps at the opposite height, Remove stove knobs when you leave the kitchen or find you Button covers this prevents you from accidentally turning on the stove. The NFPA says there is a stove or hob Number one cause of fire started by pets.
- Electric cables can be viewed by cats as toys to chew or play around with. If damaged, they can create sparks and cause electric shock or fire. Secure and hide cords behind furniture or other obstacles. You may want to unplug them if you leave the cables unattended or spray them on with something bitter as a deterrent. Further dislike training may be needed if your cat is still trying to chew or claw strings.
- Don’t leave cats on electric blankets unattended. Cats can chew these or knead them with their claws, exposing wires that can cause electric shock or heat and set the blanket on fire. Replace old electric blankets that show signs of wear and tear.
- To use Stainless steel or ceramic water bowls for pets on wooden decks. Filtered and heated through glass and water, the rays of the sun can ignite the wood under the bowl.
- Check your home for potential hazards like loose wires, stove knobs and piles of paper or rubbish.
Protect your cat in the event of a house fire
If the worst should happen, there are several ways to protect cats during a fire:
- Keep your cat’s pet carrier near the door First responders can use it to get your cat to safety. Cats often wait in front of doors and run out when the fire department arrives.
- Make sure your cat has a microchip or wear an identification collar. This will help you reunite with your kitten if it escapes and gets lost.
- Lock up cats in areas near a front door when you leave the house so that the fire department can easily find it. Pets are more likely to be injured or dying in fires when locked in crates or rooms away from exits.
- If you live in a fire hazard area or are concerned that a fire could start, Consider installing monitored smoke alarms so that firefighters can respond to a fire when they are away from home.
- Make a note of where your pets nap or hide in case you need to evacuate your home quickly.
- Have a contingency plan and practice escape routes with your cat. Include all family members in this plan. Make sure they know what to do.
- Put together an emergency kit that you can grab on the go. Include medication and any immediate needs your cat has for a few days.
- Keep phone numbers and addresses of veterinary clinics on hand practically. If your pet is injured, know where to take them for treatment.
- Keep window stickers that show and keep up to date the number and types of pets in your home. They remind firefighters to look for pets.
How else do you protect your cat from fire? What is your contingency plan to keep your cat safe? Let us know in the comments below!
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