Thousands of Louisiana households have furry, four-legged babies, better known as “pets,” that are as beloved as any other member of the household.

Thousands of Louisiana households have furry, four-legged babies, better known as “pets,” that are as beloved as any other member of the household.

Louisiana has one of the highest fire death rates among furry companions in the country, which led the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office to support the annual “National Pet Fire Safety Day,” on Saturday, July 15.

This annual special day of recognition was started in 2009 by the American Kennel Club (AKC), in conjunction with ADT Security, to educate pet owners about the hazards of their pets in the event of a fire. The annual campaign has steadily grown in popularity throughout the United States, where over 40 thousand furs babies die each year in house fires and where more than a thousand house fires are caused by animals are left unattended.  

The State Fire Marshal’s Office will be launching an initiative intended to highlight the importance of home fire safety planning as it relates to pets.

In the coming months, the state agency will meet with advocacy groups and fire safety industry leaders to address fire-related pet deaths and injuries with the goal of establishing a “best practices” approach for owners to help ensure their fur babies’ safety.

This issue is very serious because, while hard figures are not available, it is estimated that in Louisiana over 3,000 pets are injured or die in fires annually.  Nationally, 500,000 pets are adversely affected by residential fires each year.

Here are some important steps you can take to improve your pet’s chances of survival in the unfortunate event of a house fire.

• Make a disaster preparedness plan for your family and be sure to include your fur babies into your plan. Conduct annual “dry runs” of your evacuation plan with your family and pets.

• Have plenty of smoke detectors throughout your house, ensuring that you’ve got at least one on each level. Test them and replace the batteries regularly.


* Put “Pet Alert” stickers on the inside of your front door windows so that firefighters and other first responders will know that there may be animals inside that may need saving.


• Keep a leash, carrier, or even a spare pillow case near where your pets sleep. These can help you control them and lead them to safety if an evacuation needs to happen in the middle of the night. responders will know that there may be animals inside that may need saving.
• Keep a leash, carrier, or even a spare pillowcase near where your pets sleep. These can help you control them and lead them to safety in the event that an evacuation needs to happen in the middle of the night.