Did you Know that Pets Start more than 1000 House Fires per Year?

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Real Estate Agent with Pine Knoll Shores Realty NCRE# 242843

Did you Know that Family Pets Start more than 1000 House Fires per Year?

 

Many folks don't realize that their pets could be the cause of a disaster if safety & fire prevention are not considered.  Sometimes, a pet owner just doesn't "think" about the many things that could happen when their pets get mischievous. 

 

As the proud owner of five cats and one goofy dog, We are very aware of the dangers of Candles, hot stoves, etc.  There are actual cases of Dogs turning stoves on with their paws on accident while trying to snatch food that is left out.  I imagine that is very rare, but one thing that is more common includes pets & candles.

 

I love candles, I have a Chocolate Chip Cookie Scented Candle that I burn every chance I get....It smells wonderful.  I only light my candle when I am going to be monitoring the candle.  Cat Tails and Candles certainly don't mix very well, and an over excited dog, can easily knock over a candle as well.  Imagine getting a phone call that your home has burned and along with it,  a four legged family member or more. 

 

Below is a list of Fire prevention Tips from the American Kennel Club.  They may seem like common sense, but often in our hectic & busy lives, common sense goes straight out the window.


  • Extinguish Open Flames: Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace.  Do not leave your pet unattended around open flames and make sure to extenguish any open flame before leaving your home.
  • Pet Proof your Home: Walk around your home and look for areas where pets might start fires, such as stove knobs, loose wires, and other potential hazards.
  • Secure Young Pets:  Especially with young puppies & kittens, keep them confined from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home.  Kennels can be purchased for a reasonable price and work great for this purpose.
  • Keep Pets Near Entrances: When leaving your pets home alone, try to keep them in areas near entrances where firefighters and emergency rescue teams can find them quickly.  Keep collars on each animal and have leashes easily accessable in case you have to evacuate quickly with your pet or firefighters need to rescue your pet.
  • Affix a Pet Alert Window Cling: Write down the number of pets inside your home and attach the cling to a front window.  We have them at every door and a few windows throughout our house.  This information is critical for firefighters and saves time for the rescuers when locating your pets.  You can obtain a free window cling at www.adt.com or ask your veterinarian for one...Most of them have a stash of window clings too!
  • Keep Your Information Updated:  Firefighters are very familiar with pet alert window clings so make sure you keep them updated.  Knowing the accurate number of pets in the home will help the rescuers know they have safely removed them all and saves time.  My window cling includes common hiding places for my cats to help assist the firemen in locating them in case of an emergency. 
  • Use Monitored Smoke Detection Services:  As an added protection to battery-operated smoke alarms, smoke detectors connected to a monitoring center help save pet who can't escape when left home alone.

 

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Michael Thornton
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Amy, I have heard that before. As one person said, they even turn off the dryer. I do too... 

Feb 07, 2011 06:38 AM #17
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Thanks for the post, this is good information, I can pass it along to my clients with pets, as well as use it at home.

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Feb 07, 2011 06:41 AM #18
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You never know when curiousity will strike Rover or Miss Kitty...be careful are the watch words with pets...thank you for the reminder.

Feb 07, 2011 06:43 AM #19
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Roger - With a house full of furry, four legged friends....I have to be very careful...Not to mention an energetic, six year old little boy who is fascinated with the fire in the fireplace.  

Michael - I never run my dryer when I am leaving the house.  I unplug lots of stuff too...Hair Dryer, coffee pot, cell phone chargers...Cats like to chew on wires!  I should have added that to the list!

Feb 07, 2011 06:43 AM #20
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Charles - They are all simple tips & reminders that anyone can follow...We just sometimes forget as we are rushing out the door to show property or attend a soccer game, etc.  Gotta slow down and be careful!

Sally & David - You are welcome.  I don't know what I would do if I ever lost all of my pets in a house fire.  I know I could replace the house & the things, but my family....

Feb 07, 2011 06:46 AM #21
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Good morning, Amy~  Good post.  As a pet owner, it's always good to receive safety information.  I like to think we abide by the rules, but there's always room to learn something new.  Thanks.

Feb 07, 2011 06:50 AM #22
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Good post. . I think these pets that start a fire are just trying to cover the evidence. .they peed on the carpet again. . 

Feb 07, 2011 06:59 AM #23
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I didn't know the number was so high!  Good advice, I have a window sticker, I also have a card that I carry in my wallet along with my driver's license, saying Please take care of my dog at home, if I'm unable.  That way if I'm in an accident, someone knows that there's a pet at home waiting for me! 

Feb 07, 2011 07:00 AM #24
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Kimberly - Putting this post together was a good reminder to myself!  We all need gentle reminders sometimes :-)

Fernando - You could be right....:0)

Laura - Now see...I never thought of a card in my wallet.  What a great idea...so often you hear about pets being left unattended in an emergency.  Thanks for that tip!

Feb 07, 2011 07:14 AM #25
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Thanks for all the tips....I never even thought about pets causing fires...kids yes...pets no...1000, WOW.

Feb 07, 2011 07:40 AM #26
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Amy, We have the circulating water dishes for the cats.  Another thing we've done is split clear PVC tubing and cover the electrical wires so they can't chew the cords if they get the itch.

Feb 07, 2011 07:53 AM #27
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Dennis - I thought 1000 was WOW too!  Of course, with 58% of folks owning pets...

Bliz - Most of my cats are older now and don't move around very much, but my little Frankie is a terror...I might need to think about the PVC tubing....I can't tell you how many times I have had to replace my cell phone charging cord...Arghhhhh!  Fortunately, no one has ever been electrocuted!

Feb 07, 2011 08:06 AM #28
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Good morning Amy,

Excellent advice for pet owners. I have noticed the "Pet Alert Window Clings" in some homes but now I have a name for them!

Feb 07, 2011 08:20 AM #29
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Dorie - Thanks to the comments here...I am going to stock up on Pet Alert Window Clings for all of Pet Owner Clients...I think they are a wonderful safety measure!

Feb 07, 2011 08:32 AM #30
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Amy, Thanks.  I've been leaving my little puppy kenneled on the third floor when we leave him.  Firefighters would probably not be able to reach him in an emergency.  I'm moving that kennel today.

Feb 07, 2011 10:00 AM #31
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Amy,

Great tips on pet safety.

We actually switched to the candles that melt in the holders with lightbulb's, same great scent as well as extra lights on in the home when were not here.

Minimal cost, great smells lol

Enjoy the day.

P.S. I noticed the other day you were answering Facebook in blog form. Name then response,name and response. I had to laugh, you were missing the rain

Feb 07, 2011 10:03 AM #32
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Mom - Let me know if you need a Window Cling...I have a few extras!  Gotta keep that sweet puppy safe :-)

 

Feb 07, 2011 10:07 AM #33
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Don - LOL...Was I really responding on Facebook in AR Form? That's too funny, I didn't even notice.  Thanks for stopping by tho'...I was having withdrawels from all my favorities! 

I will definitely have to look into other "Candle" options to be safe!

Feb 07, 2011 10:09 AM #34
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Amy, great post.  We have been so lucky to have well behaved dogs, I never gave this an ounce of thought.

Feb 07, 2011 10:11 AM #35
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Joe - I haven't always been blessed with well behaved pets...But I have been fortunate to never have one cause a house fire.  You can never be too careful!

Feb 07, 2011 10:16 AM #36
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