There is nothing like having a dog in your home. Your pet is always running around the home, keeping everyone engaged and entertained. You don’t want him to be out of your sight. But with power cords, electrical wires and inflammable substances in your home, you can never be sure about your dog’s safety. So what can you do to ensure the fire safety of your pet (and your family)? Here are the tips to help you with.
1. Secure All the Wires & Cords
While your dog is likely to chew on wires and cords, your cat is also likely to play with wires because they look like string. So make sure that all the cords and wires are secured properly and are out of the reach of your pet. It is even more important to ensure that no broken or cut wire is left open.
2. Don’t Leave Open Flames Unattended
Don’t leave any flames unattended. There is no denying that pets are always curious. You may never know when your pet may like to take a peep into the fireplace or the candles. So make sure that your pet is never left unattended around any kind of fire or hot object.
Pets are likely to cause burns to themselves or may even cause a fire. It is recommended to use a stable candle holder and place it on a flat surface. You can use flameless candles to prevent any chances of accidents.
Dogs and cats are naturally curious. Make sure to cover all hot objects properly including oven. You should even cover the stove knobs to prevent your pet from accidently turning them on.
3. Install Smoke Detectors
Make sure to install at least one smoke detector on each floor – the more the better. Monitored smoke detectors help by sending out instant alerts the moment they detect smoke. You may even install CCTV cameras around areas where flammable objects are kept. That would be taking things further, but new technology does enable you to view your home remotely from your smartphone or PC.
4. Label Pet Information
It is important to paste a sticker outdoors – most likely on the door or window to alert rescue workers about your pets. Make sure to mention the number and kind of animals in your home. Paste the sticker at a place that is safe from fire and is readily visible to anyone approaching from the front. Keep in mind that firefighters are aware of such stickers.
5. Keep your Pets near Entrance
It is recommended to keep your pet near the entrance if you are going to leave him home alone. So if there is a fire, rescue workers will be able to find them immediately. If you have young pets, it is recommended to secure them in a place away from rooms with potential fire hazards.
6. Train your Pet for Emergency Escape
You can also train your pet to escape safely in times of emergency. This can especially be easier with dogs. Dogs are relatively faster learners and can learn warning signals when they need to follow the escape route out of the building.
Use these tips and you will be able to ensure higher safety of your pet whether they are home alone or playing around you.