Thursday, July 15, 2010

Today is National Pet Fire Safety Day

Today is Pet Fire Safety Day, and the purpose is to bring prevention awareness to pet owners. The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), ADT Security Services,  and the American Kennel Club have partnered together to bring a fire safety awareness to all pet owners. According to the NVFC, there is “an estimated 500,000 pets affected by home fires each year,” and “nearly 1,000 house fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners’ pets,” according to the AKC and the NVFC. Here is a list of tips courtesy of NVFC to keep our pets from starting house fires:
  • 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. 
  • Remove stove knobs: Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house – a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.  
  • Invest in flameless candles: These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.  
  • Beware of water bowls on wooden decks: Do not leave a glass water bowl for your pet outside on a wooden deck. The sun’s rays when filtered through the glass and water can actually heat up and ignite the wooden deck beneath it. Choose stainless steel or ceramic bowls instead.
  •  Pet proof the home: Take a walk around your home and look for areas where pets might start fires inadvertent
 And, in order to keep your pets safe, please:
  • Keep pets near entrances when away from home: When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them. 
  • Secure young pets: Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home, such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.
  • Practice escape 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. 
  • Consider using monitored smoke detection services – As an added layer of protection beyond battery-operated smoke alarms, smoke detectors connected to a monitoring center help save pets who can’t escape when left home alone. 
  • Affix a pet alert window cling: Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Make sure to keep the number of pets listed on them updated.                                            

Let’s all remember that preventative measures means keeping our beloved pets safe. For more information on Pet Fire Safety Day, and for a list of distribution places (both actual and online) where you can obtain pet finder window clings, please check out the following websites:

ADT Security Services at 

Another great website, as suggested by fellow animal lover and blogger The Thundering Herd, is Be the Change for Animals. Their mission is to "provide a platform to amplify the voice of animal advocates, mobilizing a focused and powerful movement behind one cause at a time. Through this vehicle, we can generate exponential change by forming a wave that turns the tide." Visit today!
Until next time, stay safe, happy, and healthy!


  1. Today is Blog the Change day - you should connect this post to it -

    P.S. - Great post and safety reminder.

  2. You always have such good advice to share. Fire safey is always on our minds - the Mom has a plan:)

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  3. Thanks, Thundering Herd, for the tip - I have linked it. Have a great day! :-)

  4. Thanks for posting such helpful information! This is our 1st visit to your site- we're new followers and look forward to reading all your helpful information. Safety for my new pup is a big priority to me!

    Wiggles & Giggles,
    Lucy's Human

  5. Stopping by with Be the Change for Animals. Thank you for all you do to help animals in need. Hope you will be able to visit us too.

    Felissa, Davinia, and Indiana

  6. Thank you everyone, and welcome Marianne and Two Little Cavaliers! I will definitely be stopping by your blogs!

  7. Pawesome PSA!

    Thanks fur posting these great tips and inFURmation!


  8. Thanks for this post and it is perfect timing for me.

    Today was the first day it was really hot here and the boys were left at home with a fan running today and I have been worried about it all day.

    Could the fine malfunction, over heat, could the Huskies chew the cord or do some other damage that could resul in a problem have been in the back of my mind all day.

    I will really take a hard look at the fan set up and all other areas of the house to address their fire safety.


    And yes Remy is a Wooly Guy. Hope your Gibson is doing well

  9. Thanks for blogging for a change, and sharing all your tips about fire safety.

  10. This is such useful advice... thanks so much! I'm going to make sure I've been implementing these tips in our house!

  11. Beautiful dogs! Do they know stop, drop and roll?!

  12. Glad everyone liked the tips! I ordered a new window cling myself from ADT. Peggy - a few do know stop, drop (a/k/a down), and roll! However, two do not like the "roll" part! They will talk and woo at us, and sometimes roll, and sometimes not, in typical Husky style! Thanks for stopping by everyone!

  13. Look at those beautiful faces! We have some beautiful faces here too and, thanks to your post, they'll now be protected. I just ordered my window cling.

    Thanks for Blogging the Change!
    Kim (and Amy by proxy)