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Pet Fire Safety Day

July 15th is Pet Fire Safety Day! Did you know that pets start as many as 1000 fires each year? An Orangevale, CA  vet discusses pet fire safety below.

Prevention

An ounce of prevention can be worth several pounds of cure. That definitely applies to pet fire safety! Candles are one serious hazard. Never burn candles in places your pet can reach, and don’t leave them burning unattended. You’ll also need to be careful with space heaters and halogen lamps, as pets can knock these down as well. Gas stove knobs are another concern, particularly with people who have dogs big enough to turn them on by bumping into them. You’ll also want to secure any electrical wires, so your pet can’t chew on them or get entangled in them. Finally, avoid using glass bowls on wooden decks. Believe it or not, these can start fires!

Smoke Detectors

Make sure that you have enough smoke detectors, and that they are working. Remember to change the batteries regularly! It’s also a good idea to invest in monitored smoke detectors. That way, if something happens when you’re out, the fire department will immediately be notified.

Window Stickers

If you put fire stickers on your windows, include your pet’s information. Note what type of pets you have, how many pets you have, and where they are likely to be hiding. Many firefighters will try to rescue pets if they can.

ID

Make sure that your pet is microchipped and wearing ID tags. This is very important! If your pet gets out and bolts in case of a fire, these things may be the only thinking linking you and your furry pal!

Have A Plan

It’s always a good idea to have an evacuation plan. Talk to your family, and make sure everyone is on the same page. Include your family pets in the preparation, so they don’t get overlooked in an emergency.

Emergency Kit

Keep leashes and treats near your doors. This can make it easier to grab your furry friend if you need to evacuate. We also recommend having an emergency kit for your pet, with food, collapsible dishes, treats, toys, blankets, leashes, bedding, medicine, and copies of your pet’s paperwork. Kitties will also need litter and litterboxes.

Please contact us, your Orangevale, CA vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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