Pet Fire Safety 101
One of the scariest things a pet owner can go through is trying to save your pets in a house fire. Panic ensues! How can you plan for that? With over 500,000 pets affected by fires and 40,000 killed by them annually, it's imperative to be prepared. Here are some safety tips to remember in times of emergency.
1. Know all your pet's hiding spots. This especially goes for cats that like to make themselves disappear in every nook and cranny. Knowing all their usual spots makes it easier to find them and get them out fast.
2. Create an escape plan on how you're physically going to get your pets out. Whether it's having the proper carriers and leashes available or a way to get large cages out for small pets.
3. Practice the escape plan and route with your family and practice getting the pets out of the house, as well.
4. Put an emergency safety sticker on your front door/window to alert first responders that there are pets in the home and how many of each.
5. Also, make sure your neighbors know how many pets you have in case you aren't home.
6. Make sure all your pets have updated tags and microchip information in case you get separated.
7. If you can't get your pet before safely getting yourself out of the home, immediately inform first responders so they can go in and look for them.
Being involved in a fire is always terrifying and even more so when you have to get your pets out, leaving you feeling helpless sometimes. By taking these steps, you can ensure that you are a bit more prepared if the nightmare were to ever happen.