For nearly a decade, July 15 has been known as National Pet Fire Safety Day.

40,000 pets die each year in house fires and 1,000 pets start house fires each year according to the National Fire Protection Association.

The very best way to protect your pet is by installing a monitored smoke detector as part of a home security system. A monitored smoke detector automatically calls the monitoring center when smoke is detected. An electrical smoke detector just makes noise, which can actually scare pets.

All QEI Security & Technology monitored smoke detectors also send you a text when smoke is detected so you can quickly react.

In addition to using a monitored smoke detector for pet fire safety, follow these simple tips:

  1. Contact QEI Security & Technology to get a free pet alert cling for your front window. These clings will tell firefighters how many pets need to be rescued in case of a fire.
  2. Have an emergency plan with a safe location to take your pet after a house fire. Red Cross shelters usually do not accept pets.
  3. Make sure your pet is microchipped or wearing ID in case you get separated during a fire.
  4. Have a pet emergency preparedness kit that includes things like an extra leash, pet medical records, microchip information, extra food, bowls and emergency contact information.
  5. If your pet is crated, keep him/her near your home’s entrance so it is easy for firefighters to find.