Protect Pets from Home Fires

Kidde, a maker of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and fire extinguishers, is offering tips for protecting pets from household fires.

Every year, 500,000 pets suffer from smoke inhalation and 40,000 die due to home fires. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association estimates that nearly 1,000 home fires each year are started by family pets.

With pet fostering and adoption up 48% in the wake of COVID-19, according to PetPoint.com, it’s more important than ever to teach pet owners simple ways to keep their pets safe in the event of an emergency.

Among the ways to protect your pet from the dangers of fire:

Pet Training: Dogs may become unsettled or anxious once a smoke alarm sounds, running and hiding rather than going to the door. It is important for pet owners to work with skilled, professional trainers to help their canine friends learn how to properly respond to alarms.

Window Clings: In an emergency, first responders need to be able to quickly assess the number of pets in a home. Consider attaching a non-adhesive decal to a window near your front door to let rescuers know how many animals are inside. Want to get yours? Kidde will be giving away a free decal for every online order placed on ShopKidde.com from July 15 – July 31, 2020.

Fire Escape: Pets should always be included in a family’s evacuation plan. Stay aware of their typical hiding spots or locations where they often nap in case you must evacuate quickly. When you are not home, keep pets in areas near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.

Alarm Safety: Smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms must be replaced after 10 years. In addition to testing alarms once each week, check the manufacturing date on your smoke and CO alarms to make sure they are under 10 years of age. If they are older than that, it is time to replace them.

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