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Tips to prevent a pet-caused fire

The winter season is a good time to think about fire safety for your pets as most home fires occur during the winter. As temperatures get colder indoor activities increase and a variety of heat sources are utilized to keep ourselves and our pets warm and cooking appliances are used to prepare food.

Taking some preventative measures can greatly reduce the chance of a pet-caused home fire. Here are some things to consider.

• Pet proof your home. Spend some time walking around and through your home looking for potential fire hazards. Check for dangling or exposed wires, stove knobs that can be turned on by your pet, unsecured heaters or cords, etc. Create barriers such as doggie doors or pet crates to keep your pets away from hazards.

• Eliminate open flames in your house — especially when you are not present. Candles and fireplaces need to be monitored at all times if a pet is present.

Scented candle burners and warmers can intrigue a pet enough to investigate, leading to an accidental fire. Keep them turned off and unplugged when you are not home and your pet is.

Heat lamps are often used to heat dog houses in the winter. This should be done with extreme caution and special measures should be taken to assure that a fire cannot inadvertently be caused by your pet.

• Assure your pet has identification; microchip, license, and/or affix a pet identification tag to your pet’s collar so that in the event you are separated you can be reunited.

• Get a pet alert window cling or sticker and put it in your window. This notifies emergency personnel that there is a pet in the home.

• Do not use glass water or food bowls for your pets as they can act like a magnifying glass when they are in the sunlight, igniting a fire.

• Remove your stove knobs or purchase safety covers for them as this is the No. 1 appliance involved in a pet-started fire.

• Keep your pets on the ground floor in rooms or areas near the entrances when leaving your pets home alone so that emergency personnel can easily locate them.

• Have your heating system inspected annually.

Consider utilizing a monitored alarm system that notifies emergency personnel in the case of a fire.

• Make a fire/emergency escape plan that includes your pets. If you have to evacuate your house take your pets with you. Keep leashes and collars near the door for easy and quick location — you do not want to be running around the house looking for a leash during an emergency.

• If you return home and find your house is on fire DO NOT attempt to rescue your pet. Call 000 immediately and let the professionals handle it.



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