The following safety tips can prevent fires and save the lives of people and pets:
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;
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 away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home;
Keep Pets Near Entrances: When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them;
Practicing 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;
Affix a Pet Alert Window Cling: Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach a static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets; and
Keep Your Information Updated: Firefighters are familiar with pet alert window clings so keep the number of pets listed on them updated. Knowing the accurate number of pets in the house aids rescuers in finding all of your pets.