Pet Fire Safety
This Sunday the 15th of July is Pet Fire Safety Day and we have some tips for you to keep your pets and home safe in the event of a fire. It is important that you are aware of any potential dangers or risks that could cause a fire in the home. There is a higher risk of fire when there is a pet running around the house as their movements and behaviour can be unpredictable, especially if your pet is being left unsupervised.
Fire Prevention Tips
Eliminate fire hazards such as candles, unattended open fires and any other naked flames.
- Tie up any loose cables. Dogs don’t understand the risk they pose if they play or chew an electrical cable.
- Teach your pet not to play with wiring and keep plenty of other chew toys around to distract them away from doing serious damage.
- Keep electrical sockets hidden and out of harms way.
- Don't leave left over food on or near cooking appliances. Dogs will try and retrieve the food and could ignite the cooker if they jump up on it.
- In the event of a fire most dogs will have an instinct to run away from the smoke and flames and will search for the nearest escape route. One of the first places your pet may run is to their dog house for protection so locate their house in the garden away from the house if possible, to stop it going up in flames.
- Keep all your pet’s name tags and microchip information up to date in the event they run away in fear so that when your dog is found they will be able to get in contact with you and reunite you with your pet.
- Every house should have a good fire alarm that you test regularly to ensure it is working. It is a good idea to sit down with the whole family and plan your escape route in the event of a fire. A good practice is also to set off your fire alarm and do a practice run of your escape to show your dog how they should react when they hear the fire alarm.
Have you a working fire alarm in your home?
the team at PawTrails