Fire safety for your pets and home

Baby, it’s cold outside! We all remember that song. It might not be snowing, but it sure can be chilly here in beautiful California at times. This is a great time to use that lovely fireplace or light some candles. But beware of the fire hazard it can bring when those curious pets come to see what all the fuss is about.

Candles really do set a certain mood, a tone if you will of your homey space. The various scents can alter your mood so it’s fun to collect different flavors and smells. I personally enjoy having a lit pine candle by the mantle most days. The main reason for it being on the mantle is that my cats cannot reach it. Making sure your pets can enjoy those candles from afar is key in ensuring everyone stays safe. Always have your candles up in high places where your pets can’t go. Even a table or window still could potentially be compromised so put those candles up high. Always make sure to blow them out when leaving the house, even if for a moment to check the mail. Anything can happen in those few moments so always stay alert.

For those of you who have fireplaces and enjoy using them, make sure to always have a distinct barrier between the fireplace and your pets. An iron bracer would work beautifully. It protects against your pets coming too close and also against stray pieces falling out and onto the ground or their fur. Now your dogs can lay by the fire comfortably and your kitties can watch the flames from a safe distance. You can also install a plastic baby gate or play yard to keep them further away from the flames.

The best thing you can do is to be prepared for when or if the time comes and you have an emergency. Buying a small fire extinguisher is one of the most important things you can have in your home. Make sure to keep it close to the fireplace for easy access. Always read the instructions when you first buy it. It’s important to know what to do in the event of an emergency so it wouldn’t be ideal to fumble around with it when the time comes. Make sure you have some good smoke detectors mounted in your home and check if the batteries need replacing.

We all want to enjoy our homes in this cozy time of year. Lets make sure our pets can rest easy knowing their parents are on the job, ever vigilant, and we all can enjoy the season!

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