7 important pet fire safety tips you must know

You will never think that your pet is a arsonist. However, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), household pets cause more than 1,000 home fires each year in the United States.

You may have heard of a black lab that almost burned the house in an attempt to steal pizza from the top of the oven. He accidentally opened the stove and quickly lit the greasy cardboard box, and many similar situations are known to emergency services around the world. 

Cats are notoriously fired when their tails turn the lit candles or they just knock the candles off the shelf.

Of course, pets don't mean any harm. It is their curiosity that often leads to unfortunate things happening. As pet owners, we sometimes inadvertently set the stage for such activities.

The US Fire Department reports that 500,000 pets are affected by fire each year and more than 40,000 have lost their lives. On July 15, the American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services jointly announced the National Pet Fire Safety Day, which aims to introduce pet owners to the potential risks of leaving their pets alone at home and provide them with proven preventive measures.

Unless your dog or cat knows how to call 911, there are some safety tips to keep your four-legged friends and home away from the fire.

1. Extinguish open flames

Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking utensils, candles, and even fires in the fireplace. Put a sturdy screen in front of your fireplace. Don't leave your pet unattended when using these items. Always turn off the open flame before leaving home.

2. Remove the stove knob

The American Fire Protection Association says stoves or stoves are the number one cause of pet fires. Before leaving the pet home, be sure to remove the knobs of the stove or protect them with a lid to prevent the pet from accidentally opening the stove.

3. Use a flameless candle

These candles contain a light bulb instead of an open flame. Although not so romantic, they can eliminate the risk of pets touching candles.

4. Beware of glass water bowl

On the outer wooden deck, they can be heated and can actually cause a fire. Choose stainless steel or ceramic bowl instead.

5. Minimize the exposure of the wires

For puppies and kittens, the rope is the ultimate chew toy. But only need a wrong spark to ignite. Make sure your cables and cords are out of reach of pets or use a wire protector. If possible, unplug the plug when leaving the house.

6. Prepare a first aid kit

Includes a belt, your pet's medication, vet file, some food, and recent photos and descriptions of your pet.

7. Paste the pet warning window

They let the firefighters know that there are pets in your home, how many, and what kind of things. Make sure the number of pets listed is always up to date.

Rescue stickers can be found at pet stores, or you can get them for free from non-profit animal organizations such as ASPCA.