Emergency Preparedness For Pet Owners
Keeping our families and our homes safe in case of a fire is a top priority. There are many things on the checklist of what to do in case of a fire; making sure our pets are safe should be one of them. But our pets require a whole fire safety checklist of their own. Here are 7 tips for pet owners to help you prepare for the possibility of a fire.
Make sure you have emergency alert stickers for your home. In case of a fire, they let firefighters know there are pets inside that need to be saved. Place a sticker on every window and door. Firefighters take pets seriously; many departments even have special pet oxygen masks in case dogs or cats suffer from smoke inhalation.
Connected Smoke Detectors
Your pets spend more time at home than you do. That means they're by themselves most of the time with no way to communicate in case of an emergency. A smoke alarm won't do a lot of good to save your pet if you're not there. However, there are smoke detectors and fire alarms that connect to alarm companies so they can monitor your home for fires the same way they monitor your home for burglars. It's worth it for the safety of your pet, as well as your home.
If there is a fire, there's a good chance your pet will act on instinct and flee the flames without you knowing it. Make sure your pet has updated information on his tags or has a microchip so shelters can identify him and return him to you.
Just like you have a special hiding place for your jewelry in case of an emergency, most animals have a special place they go to hide when they're scared. Know where your pet's hiding place is in case of fires. If there's a fire, firefighters won't let you go back in to look for your pet under the bed or in a basement. If you know your pet's spot, you can take him out yourself or direct firefighters to where they can find him.
Have a plan for what to do with your pet in case your home is destroyed. Many shelters for humans do not allow pets because of health codes. As an alternative, make a list of pet-friendly hotels in your area. If you're in a situation that doesn't allow you to bring him with you, ask friends or family members to take in your pet and care for him, or have phone numbers handy of places that offer temporary shelter for pets displaced by disasters.
Make sure your pet is part of the evacuation plan. Designate one person to take your pet and make sure pet carriers and leashes are at exit points on your escape route
Put together an emergency kit for your pet. This should include first aid, food, a water bowl, a leash or harness, travel litter box or dog waste bags, and any medications. Keep these with your own emergency preparedness kit in a compact waterproof container like a lunch box to keep it safe so your whole family stays safe.
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