To the fur moms and fur dads out there, your pet is equally a part of the family as your human children. The thought of a house fire may be far from your everyday thoughts but it is important to have a plan when the unthinkable happens. In the event of a fire, be sure to include pets in your fire evacuation plan.
According to a study by the NFPA, pets play a part in starting 700 household fires each year – 75% of them started by cooking equipment, fireplaces or chimneys and lighting or candles. Read these tips from the NFPA on how to prevent and keep pets safe from house fires:
- Keep pets off of stoves and countertops. Curious pets may knock over cooking equipment which can cause a fire.
- Keep candles, lamps and space heaters in areas your animal cannot reach.
- At all costs, keep your pets away from the fireplace. If you do not have a glass or metal screen to cover your fireplace, consider having one installed.
- Keep electrical cords hidden or covered so your pet doesn’t bite through it.
- Make sure all smoke alarms are working properly and installed in every floor of your home.
Window decals can also be purchased to notify emergency responders that pets are inside your home. While pets are part of the family, they are also curious creatures that can cause a house fire. In the event that your home does catch on fire, your homeowner’s insurance will help cover the cost of the damages. To learn more about homeowner’s coverage and how it protects you in the event of a fire, contact a trusted AssuredPartners NL agent at (844) 507-2528.
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