Pet Fire Safety - Preventative measures
House fires are disastrous and dangerous. Fires can grow and spread very quickly, causing serious damage to a house in a short period of time. The heat and smoke can be harmful and deadly to both humans and pets.
The best thing you can do for your home, your pets, and your own safety is to put conscious efforts into preventing fires in the first place. This places every household member out of harm’s way and is not only easier but also cheaper than dealing with the aftermath of a house fire.
We'll be going over what you can do to keep your pets safe from fires in this 3 part series for fire safety.
Part 1 -
EXTINGUISH OPEN FLAMES
You should never leave open flames unsupervised, but this is especially important if you have a pet who can knock things over or pass their tail through the fire. Consider using flameless candles or other electronic alternatives.
NO CLIMBING IN THE KITCHEN
Discourage your pets from playing around in the kitchen. There are many hazards here including sharp objects, open flames if you have a gas range, and dangerously hot surfaces.
PUT COVERS ON STOVE KNOBS
Some pets (especially cats) tend to be curious about surfaces and knobs. Prevent possible fires started by stove knobs turned on by pets by placing an inexpensive stove knob cover whenever you are not using the kitchen
ELIMINATE LOOSE WIRES
Go through your home and make sure that any electric wiring is tucked away and inaccessible by any pets or children.
SECURE CORDS NEATLY
Any exposed cords that you are using to power your appliances should be neatly secured and placed out of pathways. Curious pets can get tangled in messy cords, and some animals (particularly rabbits and cats) may try to chew through them.
CERAMIC OVER GLASS
If you leave food or water bowls outside on a wooden deck, don’t use glass. Glass bowls can create a magnifying effect, starting a fire from the sun’s rays. Ceramic bowls are safer and just as sturdy.
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