How Do Pets Factor into Your Fire Safety Plan?

Fire safety is something that should be applied to every member of the family, pets included. You’ve likely talked to your spouse and other family members about what to do in the case 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 probably be an adult. To make the process easier after your smoke detector alarms, keep your pets near entrances. This allows for an easier evacuation process because you know exactly where your pet will be and can easily communicate their location to firefighters to find them. Collars should be on your pet at all times and if leashes are necessary, make sure they are easily accessible in case you’re in a time crunch.

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 case of a fire. To practice, once the smoke detector system goes off, try to have the entire family outside 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 and consider investing in flameless candles. Keep them away from fire-starting hazards at all times.

Taking the time to factor your pet into your fire safety plan will give you peace of mind in case your smoke detector system alerts you of a fire.

 

Source: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/pet-fire-safety