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How to keep your pets from causing house fires

Posted on August 8, 2016 2:34 pm under Fires and Explosions

Around 500,000 pets are affected by home fires each year and according to the National Fire Protection Association, almost 1,000 of those begin because of those same pets. To avoid this situation, there are a few precautions you can take:

  • Take off your stove dials or cover them – stove tops are reported as the number one cause of house fires.
  • Put out any open flames before you leave – make sure any candles or other open fires you have are completely put out before you leave your home.
  • Try to make the switch to flameless candles – candles with light bulbs rather than flame are much safer.
  • Move any glass water bowls off of wooden decks – sunlight, when filtered through a glass water bowl with water, can heat up wood enough to start a fire.

In the event of a house fire, there are a few precautionary steps you can take:

  • Kennel or isolate young animals in an easy-to-reach place – try to keep all pets isolated near a door so they’re easily accessible during a fire.
  • Practice fire drills with your pets – keep a leash beside the door and practice with a pet what you’ll do in case of an actual fire.
  • Try to invest in Pet Alert window sign – this sign will let firefighters know what pets they should include in their search.

To speak to an attorney about what legal steps you can take after a house fire, call (414) 271-0900. The Milwaukee Fire and Explosion Attorneys with Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® have many years of experience in helping fire victims.