Pet Fire Safety Day

Did you know that today is Pet Fire Safety Day? While we truly hope that none of our clients ever have to go through a house fire, we always urge people to err on the side of caution and prepare for the worst. In this article from Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cypress, TX veterinary hospital, you’ll read about pet fire safety.

Candles

Candles may give your home a warm, cozy glow, but be very careful when burning them around your animal companion: open flames and pets do not mix! Always use tall, protective candleholders, so you don’t have open flames, and burn candles in high, secure places where your furry pal cannot reach them or knock them over.

Emergency Plan

Make sure to include your pets in emergency planning. If you have multiple pets, have one mature family member be responsible for each pet. Practice fire drills with your family: this simple precaution could save lives!

Pet Kit

Have an emergency kit ready for your pet. Include food, treats, toys, bedding, water, and a first aid kit. You’ll also want to include copies of your pet’s paperwork. Keep this kit in your car, or near your pet’s carrier, so you can grab it quickly.

Fire Prevention

Did you know that pets start almost 1000 house fires every year? Some of these fires are started in ways you may not immediately think of. For instance, some dogs can accidentally turn gas burners on with their paws or noses. If you have a gas stove, get child-proof knobs. You’ll also want to be careful with space heaters: never leave them on unattended, and keep pets away from them.

Alarm System

There’s always a chance that a fire could start when you aren’t home. Use smoke detectors, and link them up to a home security system.

Stickers

Many brave firefighters will do everything they can to help our furry friends. Get pet window stickers, to let firemen know what kind of pets you have, and where they may hide.

Collars

Keeping collars on pets makes it easier for firefighters to catch them if needed. If you’re concerned about your furry pal getting caught on something, ask your vet for advice on using breakaway collars.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? We can help! Call Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cypress, TX veterinary hospital, today!

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