The Holidays: Remember That Pets and Fire Don’t Mix

Costumes can be cute on animals, but they’re also fire hazards, especially if they get too near lit candles.

Any pet, whether wild or domesticated, can start a house fire.  (Even mice have been known to chew electrical wiring). According to the National Fire Protection Association, pets are responsible for at least house fires per year–and the American Red Cross says over 500,000 pets are affected by fires per year.

It’s especially appropriate to talk about this during the holiday season, because there is probably a lot of cooking and baking going on–and dogs accidentally and frequently turn on stoves. The dog looks for food, jumps on the counter, sees an appealing item on or near the stove, the paw slips and the knobs turn. Yes, it really happens! According to the National Fire Protection Association, a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.

Dogs and cats can chew through Christmas tree lights, or knock over lit candles and space heaters with their tails.

And those dancing flames and crackling embers in fireplaces are fascinating!

Play it safe:  Remove stove knobs–and even better, train your dog not to counter surf; keep lit candles out of reach or, better yet, use the flameless ones; and supervise and secure your animals when you’re not home.


About Irene:

Irene Ross is a certified nutrition and health coach, a wellness pro for both the 2-legged and 4-legged.

For the 4-legged, she writes frequently on the topics of pet wellness.

For the 2-legged, she helps people get off the diet roller coaster–to lose the weight, keep it off and love their healthy and happy bodies so their ”fabulousness” shine.

“Healthy weight is a lot more about simply walking away with a list of so-called good foods and bad foods. It’s about a lot of things. Like learning how to balance blood sugar and knowing about the connection between hormones and processed foods and the adrenals and thyroid–among other things. And they need to know that everything feeds us; for instance, career, relationships, self-care, because if just one thing is out of balance they’ll always be, well, hungry.”

To learn more about Irene:

She is author of the forthcoming book, 25 Ways to Fire Up Your Day: Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance Your Life.

Her twice-monthly, free newsletter, “Power Wellness,” is full of tips, recipes and information for healthy nutrition and lifestyle.  To subscribe, click here.


2 thoughts on “The Holidays: Remember That Pets and Fire Don’t Mix

  1. This is a festive season everyone is rejoicing in fun and happiness but, this is the time when we must take extra care of our pets like following few of the tips mentioned in the blog.

    • How true! I don’t know where you are located, but I’ll have a blog post up on the Ruby and Jacks website ( sometime this week. Just bear with us a little–the blog site is new so it may be sometime towards the middle or end of the week.)

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