Much of protecting your pets from fire involves having a strong disaster plan in place. Know exactly what you and your family would do in the event of a fire in your home and make your pets a part of this plan.
Below, we’ll discuss exactly how to go about this, and we’ll provide other useful tips for keeping your pets safe from fire in your home.
Have a Preparedness Plan
This starts with designating who should retrieve your pets, where you should meet outside the home, and what other essential pet accessories you should grab if there is time (leashes, carriers, medications, etc.). Once outside, the situation may be hectic, so leashes and carriers may help ensure your pet doesn’t run away.
At the same time, remember that you should never continue searching for your pets or gathering their necessities if there’s not time, nor should you ever go back into a burning house.
Here are some other preparedness tips to keep your pets safe:
- Make sure each of your pets has tags with updated contact information.
- Keep a sign or decal in your front window, detailing how many pets (and what kind) you have in your home. This will aid firefighters in the event of a fire.
- Know where your pets like to hide, and make sure you have access to these locations.
Prevent Fires Caused by Pets
Believe it or not, approximately 1,000 house fires are started each year by pets — usually cats or dogs. Here’s how you can reduce the probability of a pet starting a fire in your home:
- Never leave flames unattended. Some pets are mesmerized by flames and will curiously nudge candles or swipe at gas flames on the stove. Likewise, pets may accidentally knock candles and other exposed flames with their tails or paws.
- Keep wires and cords secured and away from pets who may paw at or chew on them.
- Secure stove knobs. Whether you have a gas or electric stove, take preventative measures to keep your pets from accidentally nudging the knobs and starting the flow of heat, flames, or gas.
- Discourage cats from climbing on the stove and kitchen cabinets.
- Ensure your home is outfitted with fully functioning smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.
Protecting your pets from fire is a crucial responsibility as a pet owner. For additional advice on ensuring your pet’s health and wellness, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Sunset Veterinary Clinic. You can also give us a call at (405) 844-2888.