Monday, July 13, 2009

Protect Your Pets From House Fires

Each year approximately 500,000 pets are affected by home fires. The American Kennel Club, the National Volunteer Fire Council, and ADT Security Services want to educate dog and cat owners so that they can protect pets from becoming victims of house fires. Use these below listed tips to help you and your pet(s):

Affix a Pet Alert Sticker to Your Window- Keep the number of pets current on the pet alert decal sticker Homeowners attach the sticker to your front door and/or front window; apartment dwellers should attach the sticker to their door and a window that easily accessible to a fire escape. Firefighters, trained to look for these pet alerts, have a better chance of finding your pets and keeping themselves out of danger when these stickers are updated regularly and accurate. Moreover, this critical information saves rescuers time when rescuing your pets. You can obtain a free window cling by going to or by purchasing one at your local pet store.

Pet Proof Your Home - 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. Lastly, keep young puppies, confided and away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home.

Be Prepared- Keep collars and leashes visibly in case you have to evacuate quickly with your pet or firefighters need them to rescue your pet. Additionally, keep pets near entrances and exits. Also, when leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas near portals or windows where firefighters can easily see or hear them.

Extinguish Open Flames - Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, barbeques, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Do not leaver your pet unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.

Additional tips can be found on the American Kennel Club Web site at

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