Fire Safety Tips For Pets
- Listen to your pet. If you wake up in the middle of the night and your pet is acting strange, get up and investigate. Your pet counts on you to take care of him/her, let them return the favor.
- Have an emergency escape plan for the entire family and practice that plan periodically. Everyone can use a refresher course now and then. Give everyone a specific duty and make sure that includes someone to be responsible for the family pet, however, no human life should be put in danger. Only 23% have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. A well thought-out plan can ensure your family can escape quickly and safely.
- Let a neighbor know about each family member that occupies your home including your pets. Tell them where they are and where they have a tendency to hide when afraid. I’m sure they won’t mind, especially when you return the favor.
- Don’t forget that an animal that is in a crate can’t even make a run for it. His fate would definitely be in a heroes’ hands.
- A pet alert sticker is a good idea. Just make sure the information is accurate. There is no sense to risk someone’s life to save a pet that is no longer around. Make sure it is in a highly visible place, even have more than one. Firefighters walk around a house to look for the easiest access inside.
- Fire is not the only emergency. Always prepare for any emergency in advance. This includes all members of your family including pets. Make sure all vaccinations are up-to-date and documented in case of evacuation so you can take your pet with you if at all possible. Make sure you are familiar with the evacuation sites that accept animals and their regulations.
- ID and Rabies tags are especially helpful in reuniting a pet and their owner in times of crisis. Also available, for a nominal fee, is a chip that is installed under your pets’ skin with all of its personal information that can be accessed by a veterinarian in case of separation.
- Keep a recent photo of your pet on hand in case you need to identify or even make a “wanted” poster for your pet.
- Consider the type of transportation your pet will require. Dogs and cats can be crated, however, birds and small mammals need a secured, covered cage to reduce stress. Always remember to consider diet, bedding and medication when transporting any animal.
- Investigate boarding facilities to make sure they comply with fire safety regulations. Confirm their evacuation plan in case of emergency. A disaster in a facility would ruin an otherwise great vacation.
- Unattended candle are an accident waiting to happen around your pets. Cats can climb just about anywhere and tails know no boundaries. Your pet relies on you to keep them safe from dangers they don’t understand.
- The ICE plaque and up-to-date window stickers are intended as a visual aid to first responders to alert them that a much loved pet is on premise and if at all possible, keep them from harm.
Our pets show us unconditional love. As far as they are concerned, we have no faults or character flaws. In return for their loyalty, we try to provide a safe and loving environment for them. The pages of this web-site attempts to provide all the safety tips necessary to keep your pets and other family members safe from dangers in case of emergency. We hope you will follow these important guidelines to help prevent disaster from harming that which is most precious to you, your family.