Pet Fire Safety Tips

Did you know that July 15th is Pet Fire Safety Day? According to data from the National Fire Protection Association, pets start over 1000 fires each year! In this article, a local Greensboro, NC vet offers some great tips about pet fire safety.

Open Flames

Our furry friends certainly have a curious streak. Fido or Fluffy may want to investigate a candle or fireplace, which can be very dangerous! Kitties and candles are a particularly dangerous mix, as Fluffy may inadvertently position her tail too close to a candle flame. Never leave your pet alone with an open flame! If you like burning candles, put them in a secure place your pet can’t reach, such as on a wall sconce. Consider using flameless candles, which are much safer.

Glass Bowls

Don’t use glass bowls for your pet’s water on or near a wooden deck. The sunlight filtering through it can actually cause the wood to ignite! Choose ceramic or stainless steel dishes instead.

Stove Knobs

Stove knobs can be very dangerous, especially with larger dogs. Fido could knock the knob with his head, or even his tail, and turn the oven on. Use childproof knob covers if your stove knobs are within your furry pal’s reach.

Window Stickers

Firefighters have saved the lives of many of our animal companions. Be sure to provide the information they need! Get fire safety window stickers, and write down the number of pets you have. Include locations where your pet is most likely to hide.


Kitties love to explore, and many of them find kitchen counters hard to resist. This can be very dangerous, however, as Fluffy could knock something onto a lit burner in her explorations! Training cats isn’t always the easiest thing, but it can be done. Teach your feline friend not to jump on kitchen counters.

Plan Ahead

Have a plan for evacuation procedures in case of a fire. It’s never a bad idea to practice in advance! Make sure to include your pets in these plans.

Keep Leashes and Carriers Handy

Keep leashes and carriers near emergency exits. That way, in case of a fire, you’ll be able to keep your beloved pet safe and secure.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health, care, or behavior? Feel free to contact us, your Greensboro, NC vet clinic, any time. We are always happy to help!

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