Pet Fire Safety: Candles, Fires, Space Heaters – Tips To Keep Your Cat Safe


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The winter holidays are upon us and lots of people light fires and candles, and turn on those space heaters to set the mood and stay warm. It’s a great time to go over some fire safety tips that can prevent fires in the home and keep your cat safe should a fire break out. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says pets are responsible for over 1,000 house fires every year in the United States, and an estimated 40,000 pets die in fires, mostly from smoke inhalation. Being prepared and following safety tips could save your cat’s life, as well as your own.

Fires started by pets are almost always due to owners mistakenly leaving their animals in dangerous situations. You may have heard similar stories to the one in the video above where a cat was able to knock over a candle with an open flame and start an apartment on fire. Luckily, no one was hurt and firefighters were able to put out the blaze. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and it’s just one example of the kinds of danger cat owners can unwittingly put their pets and themselves in.

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Take the following steps to protect your home and your cat from accidental fires:

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Ways to keep cats safe in the event of a fire:

What other ways do you keep your cat safe from fires? What is included in your emergency plan to get your cat to safety quickly? Let us know in the comments below!

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