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Pet Fire Safety Tips

Pet Fire Safety Day is July 15th! With so many wildfires in the news recently, we’ve all been reminded of how devastating—and deadly—fires can be. This is one area where an ounce of prevention can be worth several pounds of cure! Read on for some great tips on pet fire safety from a Columbia, MD vet.

Fireproofing For Pets

Look around your home, and check for hazards. Candles are a big concern here: it’s very easy for Fido to knock one over, or for Fluffy to put her tail too close to the flame. If your furry pal like to chew things, you’ll also need to secure wires and cords. People with big dogs need to be careful with gas stoves as well: larger pooches can accidentally turn burners on.

Heating Elements

Space heaters are definitely convenient, but pets can knock them over. Use grates to keep pets away from heaters and fireplaces.

Smoke Detectors

We know, smoke detectors can be annoying when they go off just because you overcooked your supper. However, don’t underestimate their importance. They’ve saved hundreds, if not thousands, of lives! Make sure that yours are working, and remember to replace the batteries regularly.

Bowls

Did you know that using glass water bowls on decks can actually start fires? Stick with stainless steel or even plastic.

Fire Alarms

One thing you may want to consider is getting a monitored security system with a fire alarm. If a fire starts when you are out, the fire department will be notified right away.

Window Stickers

We recommend getting window stickers. Many first responders will try to help pets if they can. Include your pet’s information on the stickers, to let firefighters know about your animal companions.

Evacuation Plans

We hope that fires never affect any of our clients. However, it’s always best to be prepared. Talk to your family, and put an evacuation plan together to use in case of fire. You’ll want to figure out where to meet, what to grab, and, of course, who is in charge of the pets.

Emergency Kit

Have an emergency kit ready for your pet. This should include food, medicine, bedding, a leash and collar, a first-aid kit, and copies of your pet’s paperwork.

As your local Columbia, MD vet clinic, we are dedicated to offering great care for your beloved pet. Contact us anytime!

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