Pet parents want to keep their furry loved ones safe in every situation. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recently released a Pet Fire Safety tip sheet with advice on how to prevent pet-related fires.

According to NFPA, pets and wild animals play a part in starting 700 household fires each year. Roughly 75% of these fires are started by cooking equipment, fireplaces or chimneys, lighting or candles. In the event of a fire, NFPA also recommends including pets in fire evacuation plans.

Read below and click through to see all of NFPA’s tips to prevent and keep pets safe from household fires.

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Keep pets away from stoves and counter tops.

Pets are curious. They may bump into, turn on or knock over cooking equipment.

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Keep pets away from candles, lamps and space heaters.

Consider battery-operated, flameless candles. They can look and smell like real candles.

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Protect pets from fireplaces.

Always use a metal or heat-tempered glass screen on a fireplace and keep it in place.

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Keep pets away from a chimney’s outside vents.

Have a “pet-free zone” of at least 3 feet away from the fireplace. Glass doors and screens can stay dangerously hot for several hours after the fire goes out.

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Watch out for electrical cords.

Some pets are chewers. Watch pets to make sure they don’t chew through electrical cords. Have any problems checked by a professional.

 

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Have working smoke alarms on every level of a home.

Test smoke alarms at least once a month. If the alarm sounds, get out and stay out. Never go back inside for pets in a fire. Tell firefighters if your pet is trapped.

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