We don’t always think about fire safety including our pets, but during the summer in certain areas of the country, there are fire risks higher than others. You should always be extra prepared when you have pets and include them in your emergency family plan. Here are a few tips from the American Red Cross on pet fire safety.
Always Practice Your Escape Plan with Your Pets:
Train your pets to know to come to you when there is an emergency or know that you can quickly get to them when there is an emergency. Having a plan, including your pets, will make it easier and your pets won’t hide, possibly risking your life and theirs.
Don’t Leave Flames Unattended:
Some pets are curious around fireplace, candles, or stoves. Always put out flames before leaving your home and make sure your stove cannot be turned on accidentally by your pets. You can also baby gate certain areas, like away from the kitchen or basement, for extra safety.
Keep Your Pets Around Entrances when Not Home:
When leaving your home, it is best to keep your pets closer to entrances or exits in case of emergency. You or emergency services can get to them faster. Also keep leashes and collars ready close to entrances for quick access for fire rescue.
Sticker on Home Window
You can get a sticker to put on your window, seen from the outside, of how many pets you have in your home. This is critical for their safety, as rescuers will know how many and what pets you have in case of an emergency.
Sometimes we don’t want to think these things could happen to us, but it is best to be prepared to save your whole family, including your pets.
Have an paw-some safe week!