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Pet Safety: Keeping Our Furry Friends Safe from Fire


Our pets are precious to us, and we would do anything to make sure that they come to no harm. From spoiling them with belly rubs and making sure they get the best possible diet and exercise, to getting them medical attention when they need it. 

Taking the time to think about their safety is important. July 15 is U.S. National Pet Fire Safety Day and is a chance to learn how to keep your pet safe in a fire. 

We didn’t start the fire…

Did you know that pets cause over 1,000 accidental house fires every year in America? That estimate comes from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Let’s look at 6 steps we can take to protect our fur babies, as well as the rest of the pack, from fire

  • Be aware of open flames

Pets are curious beings, so accidentally knocking things over when walking, running, or playing is common, as well as knocking things with their tails. Open flames such as candles, fireplaces, or cooking appliances must never be left unattended. 

  • Include pets in your escape plan

Do you and your family know what to do in the event of a fire? Who’s going to take responsibility for the cat, dog, or caged animal? The safe bet is to include them in your family fire plan and have a practice drill at home.

  • Cover stove knobs

The NFPA tell us that the stove is the top place where pets can accidentally start a fire, so make sure they can’t access the knobs by covering them up.

  • Secure pets

When you leave the house, you can secure pets in a crate or use a baby gate to keep them away from danger zones. Keep your pet’s collars on so that a firefighter could more easily rescue them and keep leashes and cat carriers close by for easy access.

  • Secure electrical cables

Some pets see electrical cables as chew toys, and when damaged, they can electrocute the pet or start a fire. Secure all electrical cables and cords, especially during the holidays when there are more electrical cables plugged in.

  • Pet alerts

You can receive a free Pet Fire Safety Window Cling on July 15 at your local volunteer firehouse. First responders will see this and know to look out for any pets inside.

Awareness saves lives

Anyone who knows the team at Jenkins Law PL will testify that we are animal lovers through and through. We’re a sucker for dogs and cats, count them as one of the family, and love to hear about what antics your pets got up to. 

We hope that your pets will be safer with our fire safety tips and that you’ll take the opportunity to renew and review your home insurance policy and look at fire coverage. 

If your home is devastated by fire, you’ll have a stronger chance of receiving all that you need to rebuild your life when you have professional and capable legal representation. 

Call to see what we can do for your family.