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Safeguarding Your Home And Your Dog From Fire
There was a 3% increase in the number of fire related incidents fire crews attended in England between March 2017 and March 2018, compared to the previous year. It’s not uncommon for dogs to be the cause of a fire, with well-publicised cases detailing how pet pooches have jumped up on cookers and switched them on. Therefore, it’s essential that the nation’s 8.9 million pet dogs are trained to behave sensibly in the home in order to safeguard both you and them from a house fire.
Choose dog-friendly fixtures and fittings
Dogs might be the most lovable creatures on earth but they’re clumsy too. With their wagging fluffy tails and various sizes, it’s best to avoid placing open flames such as candles, hobs and open fires in your dog’s path. When there’s a chill in the air and you need to heat the inside of your home, opt for a wall mounted fireplace, strategically situated at a level higher than your dog’s height. Flameless candles are the perfect lighting and mood alternative to traditional candles. And, when it comes to cooking on the hob, never leave items on or close to the hob and remove the knobs if possible. However, the best advice is to restrict access to the kitchen altogether to prevent your dog accidentally starting a fire, just as Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Beau, did.
You really need to think about what your dog is up to when he’s home alone. If he has free roam of the house or even one set room, think carefully about the items which could start a fire. Many dogs will chew everything and anything and it’s wise to train them to stop this behaviour. However, you should still avoid leaving electrical wires from televisions, laptops and lights loose in the same room as your unattended dog. One solution is to contain your dog in a fireproof dog crate. Although, be aware that experts state that adult dogs should be left alone for a maximum of six hours.
The fire service advises that smoke alarms should be fitted in every room of your home, with the exception of the bathroom. This provides maximum protection to both you and your dog and, in the event of a fire, will alert you both. Canines can be trained to respond in specific ways to the sound of a smoke alarm, such as by waking you up. This is particularly beneficial if you’re a heavy sleeper or have a hearing impairment. Therefore, if you think this would be advantageous to you, make sure you call upon a specialist dog trainer to ensure your furry friend knows what to do in the event of an emergency.
Fireproofing your home to protect you and your pet dog is crucial. Be sure to minimise the fire hazards in your home by opting for alternative fixtures and fittings and avoid leaving your pooch unattended where fire risks present. Furthermore, working smoke alarms are a must and consider training your pet to be your very own fire marshal.