8. Beware of Lighter Fluid and Matches
There's certainly nothing wrong with barbecues, but be attentive if lighter fluid and matches are being used around pets. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which, if ingested, can cause difficulty breathing or blood cell damage in pets. Lighter fluid, meanwhile, can be irritating to your pet's skin, and, if swallowed, can cause gastrointestinal irritation, central nervous system depression, and severe pneumonia.