Fire Safety: Keeping Your Pets Safe in Your Home

Know what to do to keep your pets safe in case a fire breaks out in your home.

We consider pets as part of the family. They help to make your house a home. But we all know that pets can get into trouble, especially if we’re not around. And sometimes, that trouble can prove to be deadly—according to the National Fire Protection Association, pets cause more than 1,000 house fires every year. Take a pro-active approach to safeguarding your home, and your pets, from the threat of fire.

Flameless Candles

They may not smell like freshly baked cookies or evergreens, but flameless candles are a safe alternative to the real thing. Thanks to the little light bulbs inside the base, these candles won’t start any fires if your pets accidently knocked over.

Extinguish Flames

You should never leave your pets unattended around an open flame —thoroughly extinguish any flame before you leave home. Pets are naturally curious about flames and will want to take a closer look at the bright lights from candles, lanterns, stoves and fireplaces.

Stove Safety

It’s easier than you think—dogs are big enough to accidentally turn the knobs on the stove. In fact, this is the number-one cause of fires started by pets, so remove stove knobs when you leave the house.

Glass Bowls

Did you realize that glass water bowls can act like a magnifying glass? If you keep them on a wood deck, the sun’s rays can use the glass bowl to heat of the deck and start a fire. If you have an outdoor water station for your pet, go for stainless steel or ceramic.

Secure Puppies and Kittens

Oh, the trouble that younger pets get into when left alone. Put up baby gates or use a crate when you leave the home in order to keep them away from fire-starting hazards.

Monitored smoke detectors

This type of system is connected to a monitoring center that alerts emergency responders to be contacted when your pets are in the home should a fire start.

Pet Collars

Collars should always be on pets. Also, place leashes near the door so first responders can use them to lead pets to safety. They may be waiting at doors and run out when firefighters come in.

Pet Alert Window Cling

Put one on your front and back doors, and be sure to write down the number of pets inside your house. This critical information saves rescuers time when looking for your pets.

Inform your Neighbors

Do your pets have special places they like to hide? That may be the first place they go if there is a fire. Tell your neighbors this information in case fire breaks out when you aren’t home.

Pet Carrier

Have one handy to put your pet in when you evacuate the house. It’s a comforting place for your pet to be, especially when the fire truck arrives with sirens blazing.

Meet the Author: Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic is the Editor of, the flagship site to over 70 different pet communities, which offers pet parents a one-stop-info-shop for all things dog and cat related. Amy's been with PetGuide since the beginning, guided by the wisdom of her Shih Tzu mix and furry roommate, Oscar. Together, this pet power couple has their paw on the pulse of the pet industry, sniffing out trends, advice, news, tasty treat recipes and other tail-wagging stories.

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