Every member of the family should know your home’s escape plan, pets included. You’ve likely talked to your spouse and other family members about what to do in the event of an emergency, but have you also factored your pets into the equation as well? The United States Fire Administration estimates that 500,000 pets are affected annually by fires. Before your smoke detector system alerts you of a fire, here’s what you should know about including your pet into your fire safety plan.
Include Your Pets in the Plan
Pets should have their own safety plan in case of an emergency. What family member is in charge of making sure your pet escapes safely? This should be an adult. Collars should be on your pet at all times and if leashes are necessary, make sure they are easily accessible. However, in the event of an emergency, your number on priority should be escaping safely. Never return into a burning building if your pet was not able to escape with you, instead alert the fire fighters.
Pet-Alert Window Cling
Investing in a pet-alert window cling and writing down the number of pets inside your house can save rescuers a lot of time if there is an emergency. This way, they know exactly what they are looking for. If the number of pets in your home changes, keep the window cling updated.
Practice Makes Perfect
The more you and your family practice a fire-escape plan, the more prepared you will be in the event of a fire. To practice, sound your smoke alarm and try to have the entire family meet outside at your designated meeting spot in as little time as possible. However, it is important to note that you should never delay your escape in order to rescue a family pet.
Prevent Pets from Starting Fires
Believe it or not, pets are capable of accidentally starting fires. Pets have a general curiosity, causing them to explore candles, appliances and even fireplaces. Don’t leave your pet unattended around fire hazards and try to keep them away from these hazards at all times.