Today, we honor all the various dogs who have served as volunteer fire pups through the years. These brave canine firefighters, usually Dalmations, have been members of fire departments across the country since the 1700s. Today, Dalmations are still recognized as firehouse mascots and are used to educate the public about fire safety while honoring past heroic fire pups.

This is also an excellent time to review your home Fire Safety Plan with your family to ensure your pets are able to get to safety, if needed. Update smoke alarm batteries, keep a fire extinguisher handy, have a monitored fire alarm, if possible, and make sure your children know what to do and how to call 911. Like their human owners, pets can succumb to smoke inhalation very quickly. It just takes a few minutes to help keep your pets and family safe!