An estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by home fires; however, nearly 1,000 house fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners? pets, according to a new data analysis by the National Fire Protection Association.
The American Kennel Club? (AKC?) and ADT Security Services have joined forces once again for the third annual National Pet Fire Safety Day (July 15) to spread awareness about how pets can start home fires but more importantly how to prevent them.
?Not many pet owners realize that their pet can actually be the cause of a devastating fire,? said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. ?Simple preventative measures, such as flameless candles and stove knob covers, can mean the difference between life and death for your four-legged friends.?
?Planning for unexpected emergencies like home fires and taking these precautions are an integral part of responsible pet ownership,? Peterson said.
In partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council, pet owners can obtain a free Pet Fire Safety Window Cling on National Pet Fire Safety Day, July 15th at local volunteer firehouses nationwide. For a list of locations, visit www.nvfc.org/windowclings. The clings are also free online at www.adt.com/pets.