Top 10 pet fire safety tips
- Don’t leave an open flame unattended. Pets are naturally curious, but are unable to understand the risks posed by fire. A toppled candle or spilled grease can quickly become a tragic inferno.
- Secure stove knobs. Some curious pets are skilled when it comes to turning knobs. If your pets can turn a doorknob, they can probably turn a stove knob. Stow the stove knobs in a drawer when not in use or purchase knob safety covers.
- Avoid candles. If you have pets, a lit candle can be an irresistible temptation or can easily be knocked over by a wagging tail.
- Secure your fireplace. Avoid placing fabric items near a fireplace that’s in use, and consider a glass fireplace guard to keep embers in their place.
- Secure electrical cords. Pets can easily mistake a tangle of electrical wires for a chew toy. Check online for creative ways to bind cords together and secure them out of sight.
- Avoid placing glass water bowls on wood decks. Here’s one you may not have considered—a glass water bowl left in the sun can act as a magnifying glass and focus the sun’s rays into a hot beam. On a wood deck not properly treated with flame-retardants, that heat could start a fire. Consider using a plastic or metal bowl instead.
- Keep leashes and collars near the door. If you need to leave your home in an emergency, keep your pet gear handy and close to a safe exit. If your pets are not micro-chipped, be sure they have identification on their collars.
- Micro-chipping. During the chaos of a fire, pets tend to run out and keep running. Make sure your pet is micro-chipped, has a collar, and tags. The chip is the size of a grain of rice, and is implanted under the skin of your pet’s neck. Each chip has a unique number detected using a microchip scanner.
- Have a fire evacuation plan in place. It’s always a good idea to have a plan and to practice getting your pets out of harm’s way. Assigning a family member responsibility for each pet can help avoid confusion in an emergency.
- Use fire alert window decals. These handy, easy-to-apply window stickers let first responders know how many pets are in the home and where they may be located. This is a huge help to fire personnel when trying to locate and rescue a frightened or unconscious pet.
About Justice Rescue:
Some might think an abused dog is hopelessly unable to overcome their abuse, but they are amazing creatures. While some dogs make go through unspeakable cruelty, dogs who have been abused, abandoned and seem broken in every way, can learn to trust again. A second chance is something everyone deserves. Since 2011, and at great personal expense, Justice Rescue has taken in and rehabilitated nearly 5,000 dogs to loving forever homes. Justice Rescue does not euthanize for space, and at least a dozen of the current animals that were severely abused and not adoptable, will enjoy lifetime sanctuary with Justice Rescue. Justice Rescue is one of the East Coast’s only nonprofit organizations that actively patrols our communities for animal abuse. If it wasn’t for the generosity of supporters like you, they wouldn’t exist.
Justice Rescue Dog of the week:
For the first year of his life, Remi knew only pain with generations of scars showing where he was beaten repeatedly and starved by dog fight promoters who left him to die on a street in Chester.
Thanks to a call made to 911 by two young girls who noticed the dog abandoned in the bushes, Justice Rescues was able to respond to the call.
Justice Rescue and its team of Veterinarian professionals estimated Remi to be under two. He was 25 lbs underweight and it was believed he would not survive the ride to the vet’s office. Not wanting him to die without a name, Wolf Co-Founder of Justice Rescue, named him Remi. He showed Remi he was loved and would be protected forever. Remi fought the ultimate fight for his young life, and has made a full recovery.
The physical scars of Remi’s life are permanent, but Justice Rescue knows that Remi’s future is nothing but bright. Remi has proven repeatedly through public appearances and meet & greets, that he has nothing but love for everyone.
The investigation by Justice Rescue to find the persons responsible for Remi’s condition is ongoing. There is a reward up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Remi’s abusers.
A Note from Gloria and a Contest for you: