If you’ve used our pet sitting services before (or you’ve read this blog), you know how important your pet’s safety is to us. It is our top priority. That’s why we occasionally like to share safety tips.
July 15th, 2018 is National Pet Fire Safety Day, so of course, we’re going to share tips on how to keep your pet safe in the event of a flood. No, just kidding, here are several ways to keep your pet safe from fire and fire hazards:
Never Leave An Open Flame – Flames are fascinating to animals. Cats genuinely are memorized by flames, and dogs can be curious and clumsy. It is important to never leave out an open flame, especially not one unattended. If you must light candles for religious or cultural reasons, try to find a place to secure the flame and/or keep your pet in another room until the flame is extinguished.
Baby Proof Your Home – Many of the same activities you do to baby proof a home can also be useful for pet proofing a home. For example, if you have lots of wires everywhere, it is best to clean them up and secure them so they cannot be chewed upon or pulled.
Always Test Your Fire Alarm – The tips that keep your home safe from fire are just as important for your pets. Test your fire alarm to ensure it is always working.
Keep a Visible “Pet Inside” Alert – Should your home ever be on fire, you will want the firefighters to come and save your pets. Placing small decals or signs on different areas of your home that notify firefighters there are pets inside (and how many) can save lives.
Remove Stove Knobs – Cats, especially, can accidentally turn on a stove by playing with the stove knob. If you remove the stove knobs, they will be unable to turn them.
Above all else, simply be aware. One of the best ways to keep your pet safe from fire – or any disaster – is to let it be something on your mind so that you can see and visualize what may happen. This National Pet Fire Safety Day, take some time to go through your house and make sure your pet is as safe as possible.