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The History of Pet Fire Safety Day

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Taking pets to work has become an increasingly popular practice, with most workers saying they create a positive culture, reduce stress, and boost job satisfaction.

In 2009, ADT Security and the American Kennel Club (AKC) established National Pet Fire Safety Day. Observed yearly on July 15, the day aims to raise awareness about the importance of pet safety during fires and promote preventative measures that ensure the well-being and security of our beloved animal companions.

How To Observe National Pet Fire Safety Day

Protect your pets from a fire’s devastating effects with these tips:

  • Get educated: Fire safety education for family members of all ages covers things like installing smoke detectors and fire extinguishers and creating evacuation plans.
  • Invest in pet identification: Collar ID tags and microchips with current contact information make reunification easier if pets are separated from their owners during a fire.
  • Create a pet-proof environment: Take steps to eliminate fire hazards like open flames, unattended candles, and electrical cords. Secure flammable substances to reduce the risk of a pet starting a fire.
  • Create an emergency plan: Pets should always be a critical component in your emergency plan. Ensure everyone knows where each pet typically hides or seeks shelter.
  • Hold fire drills: Fire drills are a proven way to save lives. Practicing routine fire drills can train your pets to respond to alarms and follow evacuation routes calmly.
  • Use window stickers: Window decals alert firefighters to whether pets are in the building. Visit the ASPCA website to order free pet safety packs, which include pet rescue door and window stickers.
  • Make your business pet friendly: Look for properties that have pet-friendly fire safety features like proximity to fire hydrants and fire-resistant construction materials.

Help Pet Owners Prevent Pet-Caused Fires

Pets are instinctively curious, but that can sometimes cause accidental fires. Be sure to:

  • Use only flameless or battery-operated candles.
  • Keep pets away from heat sources such as space heaters and lamps.
  • Check electrical cords often and keep an eye on pets that like to chew.

Fire Protection Services With Confires

Confires is committed to protecting property, people, and pets from the devastation of a fire event. For over 40 years, we’ve provided local property owners with comprehensive fire protection services. We have the solutions you need to protect your business and treasured animal companions against fires.

Call 888-228-0917 to learn more fire safety tips or request fire protection services.