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  • Writer's pictureTraci Wilkerson Steckel

San Diego PRIDE & National Pet Fire Safety

Updated: Jul 15, 2020

Today, San Diego kicks off PRIDE month and will host one of the most highly attended Pride parades in the country, this Saturday. There are many pet friendly PRIDE activities, but if you are either an animal organization walking dogs in the parade or an event goer with your dog, please be cautious and prepared.

First off, this parade has over 250 organizations walking to show their support for our LGBTQ+ community which is just amazing, but this means that the parade will easily be up to 4 hours long. The temperatures are expected to be in the high 70’s/low 80’s, but remember that the temperature of the asphalt and sidewalks will be even higher. Please be sure to plan ahead, here are a few ideas:

If you have doggy boots, please put them on your pet to prevent his pads from getting burned. If you do not have doggy boots, plan on bringing a wagon with an umbrella for shade, a harness or sling you can put your dog in or be ready to carry him.

Once you decide your plan, be sure to always check the ground wherever you are standing for temperature. You will put the back of your hand on the ground for 5 seconds. When you reach the point where you think it is too hot or cannot keep it flat for 5 seconds, it’s time to pick fido up. Please be sure to bring water and a bowl to have throughout the day and if you plan on hitting a few bars, make sure they have a pet friendly patio. Also, remind your buddies to not give your dogs any human food or alcoholic beverages. It should be a fun filled day with your dog, just be ready for the heat!

National Pet Fire Safety Day.

Nearly 1000 homes burn down each year, from accidentally being started by a family pet.

I spoke with Captain Joe Amador from Station 23 in San Diego, and he said that he remembers being called to a home that couldn’t be saved. The cause for the fire was the family Chihuahua trying to jump on the stove, and accidentally turned it on.

Stories like this are fairly common but there are a few things you can do to prevent a home fire being set by your pet.

  1. Make sure all entries to your kitchen are closed or blocked off with a baby gate or pen that your pets cannot jump over.

  2. Never leave food or toys on your stove that a pet may be attracted to and try to reach.

  3. Remove stove knobs to prevent it being turned on accidentally.

  4. Never leave unattended candles burning in your home.

  5. Never leave a fireplace, fire pit or BBQ grill unattended with pets around, and always keep them at least 3 feet away.

These are a few of the most important tips on preventing a pet-caused fire in or outside of your home. Most of us have to leave our pets alone while we are at work or out, but just be careful and be sure you are keeping both your pet and home safe while gone.

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