Pet Fire Safety - What to do when a fire occurs.
Part 3 of our Pet fire safety series is what to do when a fire actually occurs.
Hopefully no one ever needs to deal with this particular set of advice but if one does occur, the preparation and readiness we discussed in Part 1 and Part 2 have helped make you and your pets ready for the worst.
DURING A FIRE
- Attempt to grab your pet and exit the home as quickly as possible, use your home emergency plan, grab your emergency kits and head towards the exit. If it takes too long to locate or secure your pet, leave – You should never delay escape or endanger yourself or your family. Once responders get there, immediately inform them your pet is still inside, so they can go enter your home and continue looking for your pet.
- Grab leashes and carriers on your way out if they are not already included in your pets emergency kit– Outside will be chaotic and that may cause your pet to try to escape to a calm, safe area.
- Never go back inside a burning house. If you can’t find your pet, leave, open the door, and call to them repeatedly from a safe distance away. Let firefighters take over the task of locating your pet.
Once you are all out safely, follow the steps of your readiness plan, use one of the listed kennels to house your pet and contact your insurance to arrange temporary housing while your house is being restored.
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