For many of us, pets are our most precious asset so it makes sense that we would dedicate a day to keeping them safe during one of the scariest things we can imagine. National Pet Fire Safety Day takes place every year on July 15, and it’s a day to learn how to keep your pet safe in a fire. It was started by the Kennel Club and ADT Security in 2009 to help pet owners learn safety measures to protect their beloved pets and homes from fire, and it’s a great opportunity to learn how to keep your fur baby safe.
National Pet Fire Safety Day - Key Moments
The Awareness Begins
The Kennel Club and ADT Security decided it was time to get serious about pet fire protection
Emotional Support Animals Protected
The Fair Housing Amendments Act allows people to keep their ESAs, despite landlords
Sacred Dog Burials
Special dog graves include expensive items. Proof of their deep meaning to humans
People Make Pets
Evidence suggests people bred dogs in Europe and Asia around this time
How to Observe National Pet Fire Safety Day
1. Get this useful decoration
On July 15, get a free Pet Fire Safety Window Cling at your local volunteer firehouse. First responders will see this and know to look out for any pets inside.
2. Share it to save lives
Use #PetFireSafetyDay to post on social media and raise awareness to friends and family about the day and ways that they can keep their pets safe from fires.
3. Have a fire drill
For families with kids, this tradition is even more important. Discuss your family evacuation plan, designate someone to carry out the pets and execute a fire drill on this day every year.
5 Facts About Pet Fire Safety
1. Pyro Pets
Pets cause over 1,000 house fires each year in the United States
2. A Big Problem
Nearly 360,000 house fires occur each year in the United States
3. Save a Life
Over 40,000 pets die every year in house fires. Awareness can save lives
4. Furry (and Slithering) Heroes
There are thousands of stories about pets, even snakes, saving humans from house fires
5. Have a Plan
The #1 tip is to have an escape plan that includes your pets
Why National Pet Fire Safety Day is Important
A. Keep your pets out of trouble
There are many ways to keep your pet from causing fire. Blow out candles before leaving home, block off access to kitchen or remove stove knobs if pets can reach it, and keep any and all wires out of chewing distance, especially from kittens and puppies!
B. Have a pet rescue plan in place
Discuss with your family who will be in charge of rescuing your pet in the event of a fire. Planning and practicing fire drills will help the family remain calm and help ensure that your pets are not forgotten during a chaotic evacuation.
C. Make rescuers aware of your pets and their hiding places
As part of your evacuation plan, include a list of your pet’s hiding places, so that firefighters will know where to look in case your pets don’t make it out with you. Also, make sure your pets have collars with up to date tags attached in case they escape on their own.