Fiona is a lucky dog, twice over. In 2009, the Yorkie was rescued from an Orange County animal shelter by Amber Cooper, who gave her a forever home. Then on March 16, 2016, Fiona was rescued from a kitchen fire at her home by David Tompkins, a dispatcher at ADT. As Tompkins was physically 2,500 miles away, the call went to the Anaheim Fire Department, whose firefighters saved the day.
ADT Security is a nationwide security service that installs alarm systems in business and residential properties. Amber Cooper decided to install the service after her home was burglarized. Little did she know it would save her dog’s life, nor that the lifesaver who sounded the alarm was literally on the other side of the country.
In July 2016, Tompkins made the trip to Anaheim to meet Fiona and Amber. He brought with him a check for $10,000 to present on behalf of ADT to the Anaheim Fire Department in celebration of National Pet Fire Safety Day, which falls on July 15. ADT Security Services and the American Kennel Club formed a partnership to help promote pet fire safety.
According to a 2010 study done by the National Fire Protection Association, pets accidentally cause roughly 1,000 fires each year. Many of these start in the kitchen: A curious pup notices food left on the stove and tries to reach it to grab a bite. A stray paw might accidentally turn on a burner, which then burns the food left on the stove. If left unchecked, the fire causes smoke to fill the home, as flames can start in the burned pan and then travel. Homeowners can prevent this type of tragedy by installing stove knob covers and perhaps finding somewhere else to store those goodies when not at home. Learn more pet fire safety tips at the American Kennel Club’s information page for National Pet Fire Safety Day.
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