Protect Your Pets
Protecting your Pets
Your pets are a part of your family, and you surely would do whatever you can to keep them safe and out of harm’s way. To help keep all of your family safe from the dangers of a home fire, here are some important steps you should take to prepare for the possibility of a fire emergency in your home.
Your pets are not always aware of their surroundings and that their actions can result in a fire. Here are a few pet safety tips for preventing a fire:
- Don’t leave pets unattended near space heaters or an open flame
- Secure electrical cords that your dog might chew on
- Remove stove knobs or use safety covers. Never leave food on the stove unattended
- Consider flameless candles or other candle alternatives
Pet Fire Preparedness
Once you have set up your home to help your pets from starting a fire emergency, you then need to start on your pet evacuation plan. When developing an evacuation plan with your family, identify which member of the family will be responsible for helping your pets get to safety, and make sure your pet comes when called by that family member.
Place a pet alert window cling to a front window with information on all of your pets so firefighters can quickly find them.
While the saving your pets is important, make sure to you don’t delay your escape if saving your pet isn’t possible. Once out of the house, do not reenter, inform the firefighters of your pets and let the professional take the lead on finding your pets. Wait until the fire damage assessment team says your home is safe to enter before reentering the house.