Siren the Fire Safety Dog wants to remind you that Pet Fire Safety Day is today! This nationwide awareness day educates pet owners about potential risks when pets are left home alone and provides them with proven prevention measures to ensure their safety.
According to a recent AKC study, 88 percent of pet owners consider their pets to be valued family members so it makes sense to include them in fire prevention plans and rescue alerts should a house fire strike. If you love your furfriend, not only celebrate National Pet Fire Safety Day today, celebrate fire safety year around. If you do, you'll help keep your pet safe!
Here are just a few tips from the AKC website. We especially like the one about keeping pets near entrances. That is a great idea!
- Pet Proof the Home - Take a 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.
- 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.
- Working Smoke Alarms - Be sure to test the batteries on your smoke alarm once a month and change the batteries two times a year. First Alert has a great selection of smoke alarms to help keep you and your pet safe!