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Are Pets a Fire Hazard

Keep your pets safe from fire hazards with tips from our fire damage cleanup company.

Keep your pets safe from fire hazards with tips from our fire damage cleanup company.

Like our children, our family pets sometimes like to get into things they shouldn’t. Besides chewing on our best pair of leather shoes or knocking over our favourite crystal vase, our pets can cause irreparable damage if they get into something or tip something over that can cause a fire. The National Fire Association in the U.S. has reported that nearly 1,000 residential fires a year have been accidentally started by family pets. Pets are also often the ones that succumb to house fires. Protect your family and your pets by fireproofing your home with these fire safety tips from Proserve DKI fire damage cleanup company.

Things You Can Do to Prevent Pet-Caused Fires

As responsible pet owners, it’s up to us to do everything we can to ensure our homes are protected from potential fire hazards.

Keep your home, family, and your pets safe with these tips:

  • Do not place candles where they can be knocked over, and never leave lit candles unattended.
  • Place some kind of deterrent, such as a screen, to keep pets away from wood stoves and fireplaces.
  • Keep your pet out of the kitchen when you’re cooking, and always turn off the gas or electric burners when not in use.
  • Make sure all electrical cords are either out of reach or hidden from your pets.
  • Place a lid on your barbecue or outdoor grill when cooking.

Keep Your Pets Safe From House Fires

Avoid a heartbreaking situation by putting these steps in place:

  1. Install smoke detectors on every floor of your home and test them regularly to make sure the batteries are fresh.
  2. Place some kind of location detector on your pet, such as a bell collar, and know where to find them in case of an emergency.
  3. Never leave your pets unattended for long periods.
  4. Include your pet in your emergency plan by practising the escape route with them.
  5. Place a rescue alert sticker on your window to alert firefighters and rescue workers that you have pets inside your home.
  6. Keep the number of your local veterinarian or animal hospital on hand.
  7. Place pet supplies in your emergency kit.
  8. Contact a fire damage restoration company if you’ve experienced a house fire or smoke damage so that you, your family, and your pet can return home safely.

Did you know you can train your pet to recognize the smell of smoke? Watch this video on How to Teach Your Dog Scent Detection and keep your home safe with our Fire Restoration Q&A: What You Need to Know about Natural Gas Safety.

Contact Proserve DKI for emergency house fire restoration in Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo. Our fire restoration team has the experience, knowledge, and equipment to attend to all smoke and fire damage cleanup so that you can get back home as soon as possible.