Pet Fire Safety - Preparing for a fire
No one wants to think about a fire effecting their home. Having an emergency plan can help avoid confusion and possible harm in the event one does occur, but have you included the furry members of your family?
A fire is just as scary for them as it is for you and being prepared and knowing a clear exit for you and your pets could be the difference between getting out and a tragedy.
Part 2 of our pet fire safety series goes over what you can do to prepare for the event that a fire does occur.
PREPARING FOR A FIRE
- Include your pet into your family emergency plan and practice taking them with you. Talk with your family members to determine who is responsible for grabbing your pets and who should grab their emergency kit (food, medication, photo, leashes and carriers, medical records) during an emergency so you can reduce scrambling and redundancy when speed and efficiency are needed.
- Put a decal in your home’s front window indicating the number and type of pets you have – Providing this information can cut down on the time responders spend searching your home in the case of a fire.
- Make sure your pet’s updated contact information is reflected on their ID collar and in the microchip database – If your pet gets lost during a fire, this will help rescuers get him or her back to you.
- Use monitored smoke detectors that are connected to emergency responders – Should a fire start while you are away from your home, you’ll rest assured that your pet has access to emergency response services even if no one is home to call them.
- Know your pets’ hideaways and create ways for easy access to them in case of an emergency – It’s nice that your pet can get away if he or she wants to, but in an emergency, you need to be able to locate and extract your pet as quickly as possible.
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