July 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Day


fire_safety_dayFollow these tips to keep your four-legged friend safe from house fires. Thank you to the American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services for providing this valuable info.

  • Extinguish Open Flames

    Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.

  • Pet Proof the Home

    Take a walk around your home and look for areas where pets might start fires inadvertently, such as the stove knobs, loose wires and other potential hazards.

  • Secure Young Pets

    Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home.

  • Keep Pets Near Entrances 

     When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.

  • PracticeEscape Routes with Pets 

     Keep collars and leashes at the ready in case you have to evacuate quickly with your pet or firefighters need to rescue your pet.

  • Since Pets Left Alone Can’t Escape a BurningHome 

    Use monitored smoke detectors which are connected to monitoring center personnel that call the fire department.
  • Affix a Pet Alert Window Cling  

    Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window.Thiscritical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. You can obtain a free window cling by going to www.adt.com/pets or at AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days events. Details are available at www.akc.org.
  • Keep Your Information Updated 

    Firefighters are familiar with pet alert window clings so keep the number of pets listed on them updated. Knowing the accurate number of pets in the house aids rescuers in finding all of your pets.