WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)— National Pet Fire Safety Day is almost here and Eyewitness News has tips on how to prevent our four-legged friends from creating a fire emergency.
We all know the saying, curiosity killed the cat, but pets, in general, can be very inquisitive.
Each year, around 750 house fires are started by a pet or wild animal, according to the national fire prevention association.
But there are ways to cut down the risks.
“You want to take a walk around your home and look for areas where your pets might start fires inadvertently. You know they might bump stoves knobs, loose wires, or any other potential hazard that your pet might inquisitively investigate,” said Lee Arbogast, a firefighter with the Williamsport Bureau of Fire.
Keep animals away from things like candles, lamps, and space heaters.
“Make sure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your house,” Arbogast explained.
It’s also best to keep your pet’s crate or cage near a door to the outside.
“That’s two-fold, reason one in case you have to get up quickly your pet is closer to the door, closer to the exit for you to get out and also for us to find your pet,” Arbogast told Eyewitness News.
Arbogast advised pet owners to place a pet finder sticker on your front door to let first responders know who to rescue, but be sure to keep them up to date.
“We want to protect and do the best job we can serving the public and you know trying to find something that’s not there is distracting us from other avenues that we could take care of at that time,” Arbogast concluded.