For so many of us, our pets are like family, and keeping them safe is a top priority. The best way you can protect your furry friends during a fire or other emergency is making sure you’ve planned ahead for their safety.
PREVENTING A FIRE
The National Fire Protection Association estimates that nearly 1,000 home fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners’ pets. Here are a few things you can do to pet-proof your home:
- Reduce open flame exposures.
- Never leave pets home alone with open flames (candles, fireplace, etc.).
- Secure wires.
- Put covers over stove knobs.
PREPARING FOR A FIRE
- ID tags or microchips help reunite you with your pet if you’re separated during a fire.
- Include your pets in the family emergency planning and practice.
- Create an emergency pet supply bag with food, medications, a favorite toy and other essentials.
- Keep leashes and kennels near entrances.
- Know your pet’s favorite hiding spots.
DURING A FIRE
- If you can’t find your pet quickly, get outside and let firefighters search your home.
- If your pet is still inside, open doors and call to him or her to exit, but DON’T GO BACK INSIDE!