This month we celebrate Fire Safety for Pets Day. Each year, 500,000 pets are affected by house fires, with 40,000 pets losing their lives in fires each year. In 2013, fire departments responded to 350,000 house fires (that is one house fire every 85 seconds). December through January is the peak time for house fires. Pets are actually responsible for 1,000 house fires each year (3 a day).Never leave your pet unattended with burning candles, portable heaters, open fires, and unsecured electric cords.
You can go to www.gopetplan.com/Firesafety to print a full, customizable pet rescue alert for your window. It will include the name of your pet, their favorite hiding place, and you can add a photo. This will help fire fighters know to look for your pet.
Remember, never go back into a burning house trying to save a pet once you have safely exited (leave that to the professionals). Stay safe!
Ann E. Bastian, V.M.D.