Some 500,000 pets are affected in home fires each year, which is why the American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services have joined in creating National Pet Fire Safety Day on July 15.
As part of the program, ADT is making available to any pet owner free pet alert window clings, like the one shown here. In addition, the National Volunteer Fire Council has published tips to keep pets safe from 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 house.
- Pet proof the home. Take a walk around your home and look for areas where pets might start fires inadvertently, such as stove knobs, loose wires, and other potential hazards.
- Secure young pets. Especially with young puppies, keep them confined when you are away from home.
- Practice escape routes with pets. Keep collars and leashes handy in case you have to evacuate quickly with your pet or firefighters need to rescue your pet.
- 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 times when locating your pets.
- Keep your information updated. Firefighters are familiar with pet alert window clings so keep the number of pets listed on them updated. This aids rescuers in finding all of your pets.
- 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 with left home alone.