National Pet Fire Safety Day


Today, July 15, 2017, is National Pet Fire Safety Day and we want to help ensure your pets are safe in case of a fire. Not only are fires dangerous for your pets, your pets can also be the cause of a fire. The National Fire Protection Association  “estimates that nearly 1,000 home fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowner’s pets.” Nearly 40,000 pets die annually in fires, mainly from smoke inhalation. Here are some helpful tips to keep your pets, and your family, protected:

  • Include your pets in your family’s fire escape plan and practice with them – train them to come to you when you call them
  • Keep emergency supply kit for your pet with enough supplies to last seven days
  • Make arrangements to keep your pets at a safe place if you need to leave your home, especially for extended periods of time
  • If a fire does happen, evacuate your pet but do not delay escape or put yourself or your family in danger to rescue a family pet
  • Make sure your pet has an ID tag and microchip and that all information is current
  • Do not leave open flames, such as candles or fires in your fireplace, when you are not at home
  • Make sure your smoke detectors are working

We recommend installing a pet alert window cling to let first responders know you have pets in your home in case of an emergency. You can get your free Pet Safety Pack, including window clings, from the ASPCA:



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