Last Updated on May 26, 2023
National Pet Fire Safety Day is celebrated on July 15th every year to help raise awareness about pet safety’s importance in a fire. This day provides important information about keeping your pet safe from fire and reminds us always to be aware of their safety. This is a very important day for all pet parents.
History of National Pet Fire Safety Day
This day was first celebrated in 2009 after a series of pet-related fires occurred across the United States. The day was created by the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) in partnership with ADT Security Services. The goal of this day is to educate pet owners on how to prevent fires and keep their pets safe in the event of a fire.
Why Celebrate National Pet Fire Safety Day?
Pet owners know that their furry friends are cherished members of their families, and they will do everything they can to keep them safe and happy. However, many people don’t realize the dangers of fire in their homes, and National Pet Fire Safety Day reminds them of the importance of fire safety for pets. Here are some tips on keeping your pet safe in case of a fire emergency and rule out the chances of any mishap.
How to Celebrate National Pet Fire Safety Day?
There are several ways to celebrate National Pet Fire Safety Day:
- Create a fire escape plan: If there is a fire, make sure everyone knows where the fire escape is and how to get out. Make sure your pets know too! Ensure everyone knows their escape route and where to meet outside if they need help getting out independently. You can do a mock drill so that your pet knows the escape plan.
- Use pet alert window decals: If you have a pet, put pet alert window decals on your windows so firefighters know to be careful when they are working in your home.
- Keep leashes and carriers handy: Make sure you have a place to keep your leashes and carriers close by in case you need to evacuate your pets in case of a fire quickly.
- Test smoke detectors: Regularly keep a tab on the functioning of smoke detectors by checking them every few weeks and replacing the batteries twice a year. This will help you know if there is a fire in your home.
- Keep your pets near exits: When you’re not at home, ensure your pets are close to the exits. This way, firefighters can rescue them if necessary, and pets also would be unharmed.
Fun Facts About National Pet Fire Safety Day
Here are a few fun facts about National Pet Fire Safety Day:
- An estimated 40,000 pets die in fires each year in the United States.
- Many house fires are caused by pets, often by chewing on electrical cords or knocking over candles.
- Dogs are more likely to alert their owners to a fire than cats, but cats are more likely to hide and be harder to find during a fire.
- Some fire departments have pet oxygen masks on their trucks to help revive pets suffering from smoke inhalation.
- The American Red Cross offers a Pet First Aid app that provides information on pet safety and first aid in case of an emergency.
In conclusion, National Pet Fire Safety Day reminds us that we need to include our pets in our fire safety plans. We can keep our pets safe in case of an emergency by taking simple steps to prevent fires and keeping them safe. The focus of this day is to raise awareness about pet safety during any fire mishappening. So, on July 15th, take some time to review your fire safety plan and make sure your pets are included too during each step. Remember, prevention is better than cure. So, provide your furry friend with the right information and training.