10/16/2012 05:04 EDT | Updated 12/15/2012 05:12 EST

How to pet-proof a home to avoid unintentionally set fires by hungry or unattended pets

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Unattended pets that are bored or hungry could unintentionally set a home on fire. Here are ways to pet-proof a home to make these situations less likely:

— Keep the stove clear. Remove knobs or cover them if you leave the house.

— Keep fire extinguishers in rooms where fires are likely to start, like kitchens and garages.

— Place smoke detectors in every room. In kitchens, consider rate-of-rise detectors, which are triggered by rapid rises in temperature rather than smoke or steam.

— Use flameless candles.

— Thoroughly douse cigarettes in ashtrays and fires in fireplaces.

— Don't use glass bowls to feed your pets on wooden surfaces. Sun can filter through glass and ignite wood.

— Keep leashes for pets close to the door so you or firefighters can grab animals and leave quickly.

— Keep a window cling with an updated list of the names of children and pets.