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Pet Fire Safety Tips

July 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Day! Did you know that our furry pals start over 1000 fires a year? This is one area where an ounce of prevention is worth several pounds of cure! A Cincinnati, OH vet offers some pet fire safety tips below.

Bowls

Do you have a wooden deck? If so, you’ll want to avoid using glass bowls on it. Because of the way these conduct sunlight, they can actually start fires!

Gas Stove

Do you have a gas stove and a big dog? If so, you may want to get some childproof knobs. Fido has been known to accidentally bump into burners, and turn them on.

Candles

Candles are definitely a big concern here. Pets and candles are a dangerous mix! It’s far too easy for Fluffy to let her tail get too close to a candle, or for Fido to knock one over with his. Keep candles in high, secure spots that your pet can’t reach. Wall sconces are a good bet. Also, use thick jars or candle holders, so you never have open flames.

Fireplaces

Fireplaces are another concern. Dogs and cats often like to hang out in that warm, glowing spot. (We can’t really blame them: that is relaxing.) Just be sure to use secure grates, so your pet can’t get too close.

Heaters

Space heaters are a huge fire hazard. If you use these, make sure that they are out of paws’ reach, so your pet can’t knock them over.

Fire Stickers

Firefighters often try to save pets if they can. We recommend putting window stickers up for your pets, just as you would for children. Note how many pets you have, and what type of animals they are.

Electrical Cords

Does your furry friend have a habit of playing with or chewing on wires? This can be very dangerous, and is also a fire risk. Use taste deterrent, protective coverings, or other methods to nip this habit in the bud.

Alarm System

You may want to consider getting a monitored security system with smoke detectors. That way, if something happens when you are out, the fire department will be dispatched. This is also great for security and peace of mind. Be sure to check reviews first!

Please contact us, your Cincinnati, OH vet clinic, if ever we can be of assistance. We’re here to help!

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