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Fire Safety Tips for Pets

1/26/2022 (Permalink)

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Everyone always has a plan of action of their family but so many forget their fur family. Here are few tips on how to integrate your pet into your evacuation plan and how to pet proof your home from fire dangers.

-Place candles or other flammable objects out of reach of pets….and their tails. Everyone always thinks about high a pet can reach but never about that swinging object behind them that tends to knock over items unintentionally. Fun fact: the tail is an extension of your pet’s spine.

-Make sure your pet is microchipped and has an identification tag. During an emergency, most pets fight or flight kicks in with most running and hiding out of fear.  Make sure your pet is identifiable in case it’s away from the home so they can be safely returned.

-Keep food and water away from electrical sources.  Splashing and innocent playing can turn into fire hazard around electrical plug and cables. 

-Speaking of electrical hazards, keep electrical cables out of reach of pets.  The lamp cable may look like a toy to the new puppy and potentially harm an inquisitive pet.

-Get signs for windows. Pet stores or online sources offer window clings or printable signs that can be placed in windows and notify emergency personnel that pets are in the home. Make sure to add how many  and what types of pets you have.

-When you practice your evacuation plan, include your pets. This will help you evaluate potential hiding spots and how quickly you can evacuate the whole home.

-Create a disaster supply kit for your pet.  Include things like food, extra medications etc.  If you would pack it for yourself, consider it for your pet.

-Keep leashes and a carrier by the door.  Depending on the pet, keep easy get away items like leashes and an extra pet carrier by the door to help evacuate and secure pets in case of an emergency.

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