Super Smiley’s Top 10 on National Pet Fire Safety Day

Super Smiley, blog dog here on National Pet Fire Safety Day. We pets are energetic, curious and love to play! Sounds great, but with the right set of circumstances this can make us an accident waiting to happen! So here are some ways to head off fire related incidents with pets and make great use of National Pet Fire Safety Day!

  1. As a HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response Dog, we are all about safety. So my first tip is to make sure your dog or cat doesn’t start the fire! Never leave your pet alone with fire, whether it’s in a fireplace, barbecue, or candles. Curious pets can be drawn to flames, and cats are notorious for knocking over lit candles with their tails. So, if a fire is going, keep your pet in sight!
  2. Space heaters and halogen lamps can also start fires if knocked over, so never leave those on around unattended pets.
  3. Plugged in extension chords can look like a toy to a cat or dog, and even chords from plugged in appliances like televisions or lamps may seem like a chew toy to a pup, so secure chords to the wall, and unplug extension chords when not in use. And, replace any damaged chords.
  4. Design an evacuation route and plan for your pets, and practice it with your pets. As part of that plan, leave treats and leashes for each of your pets at all your exits.
  5. Look around your house for any heat source or fire hazard that your pet may get into. If you would keep a small child away from it, then think of how you could keep your pet away as well. Stovetops are at the top of the list for causing pet-started fires. If your pet can reach or jump onto the counters, consider removing the stove knobs when your pet is home alone.
  6. Another one that doesn’t come right to mind: Clear glass bowls on a wooden deck can focus sunlight like a magnifying glass and can start a fire. So first, keep the bowl in the shade so it stays cool for your pet, and second, if there is a chance it may end up in sunlight, switch to a stainless steel or ceramic bowl that’s not clear glass.

Good boy Super Smiley! It’s Megan here now with surprising numbers from The National Fire Protection Association. House fires affect 500,000 pets each year, and annually almost 1,000 house fires are started by pets.

With this in mind, prevention is at the top of our list followed closely by preparation.

  1. Make sure you have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in your home; and with pets, it’s a safer option to invest in monitored smoke detection. This way if they are alone, the fire department will be alerted and will arrive sooner with better chance of saving them.
  2. Post stickers on your doors and windows indicating how many and what kinds of pets are in your house, so firefighters know to search for them.
  3. Make sure your pets wear collars with tags and are microchipped in case they get lost during a fire.
  4. If you keep your pets in closed rooms when you are away, try to keep them near the front of the house, so they can be found quicker and saved more easily.

National Pet Fire Safety Day is perfect in that it reminds us to step back and look at the big picture of how to keep our pets and families safer. And, although these tips are pretty simple, they could mean the world if that day comes when we actually need them.

Until Next Time,
Woof and Super Smiles from
Super Smiley and Megan Blake, The Pet Lifestyle Coach®

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