Nearly 40,000 pets die in residential fires each year. Even worse, it’s reported that pets are actually responsible for more than 1,000 house fires per year. 

This is why The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) joined forces with ADT Security Services to establish July 15 as National Pet Fire Safety Day.

Today, we’re talking about the top five ways you can prevent your pet from becoming a statistic.

  • Install Alarms

The first and most obvious step to saving your pets from fire is to install alarms. Every home should have smoke, fire and carbon monoxide detectors in each room. But these alarms are only as good as your maintenance. You must check batteries each month, test each alarm and teach your pets what to do should they sound.

  • Utilize “Smart” Technology

Dogs can’t dial 911, which is why it’s important to have someone available who can. Smart home automation can help you maintain control of your home and alert you when something is going wrong. Whether the heat or air goes out, an alarm sounds or a fire engulfs your home, you can react quickly to alerts from your home. 

  • Install a Security System

Security services, like ADT, can watch your home for you and alert emergency response teams where pets are hiding in a home. This helps save lives and protect pets. If you don’t want to use a service, consider installing surveillance cameras. Events can be streamed or recorded on phones, tablets or external devices. 

  • Train your Dogs

When disaster strikes, it’s always preferable to get your pets to a specified area. Whether that’s their favorite safe crate, a specific room in the house or outdoors. The only way to do this is to train them, and practice fire drills frequently. If you don’t have the time or know-how, pay close attention to their hiding areas. Where do your dogs go when they are frightened? Know your pets preferred hiding spaces.

  • Have an Emergency Plan

Fire can arrive in many ways – internally or externally through wildfires, lightning or other event. If you are away from home when disaster strikes, will you have a plan for your pets?  

Create networks with neighbors who can care for your dog once firefighters get them to safety. Use Pet Alert Safety Decals on each of your windows and update as needed. 

Most importantly, have a plan if you’re away from your pets during a disaster. 

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), over 500,000 pets are affected by home fires each year. With a little preparation, you can virtually eliminate the chance that your pet might be injured or even killed in a house fire. 

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