Emergencies can strike any time and in a variety of forms. While we may never be able to prevent such catastrophes completely, we can prepare ourselves and our dogs for when they do occur. In honor of National Pet Fire Safety Day on July 15, we’ve compiled a list of crucial fire safety guidelines for your home. Use this checklist you and your pets are ready in the event of a fire.
- Consider adding smoke detectors: Monitored smoke detectors are usually a good idea if you reside in a fire-prone area concerned about a fire starting. If a fire breaks out, firefighters will be notified and will be able to arrive even if you are not at home.
- Keep track of where your pets prefer to slumber or hide: Fire safety is critical if you need to flee your home immediately. Remember that if your pet detects stress, they will be much more difficult to catch—especially cats! Crating your pets ahead of time will make it a pleasurable experience for them, so they won’t flee when you pull out their crate in an emergency.
- Prepare an emergency plan with your pet and rehearse escape routes: Include all family members in the program and understand what to do and where to go.
- Make the phone number and address of a nearby animal hospital: If your pet becomes ill, you’ll need to know where to send them for care as soon as possible.
- Make your home pet-proof: Ensure there are no areas where pets could accidentally ignite a fire (including stove knobs, loose wires, candles, fireplaces, and other potential hazards). Never leave a fireplace unattended with a pet.
- Get a sticker that says “rescue” on it: This simple sticker will alert visitors to the presence of dogs in your home. Make sure it’s visible to rescuers (we recommend sticking it on or near your front door) and includes information about the sorts and quantity of pets in your home, as well as the phone number of your veterinarian. If you must flee with your pets, write “EVACUATED” across the stickers if time permits. Fill out the ASPCA’s online order form or go to your local pet supply store to acquire a free emergency pet alert sticker for your home.
- If you must leave, try to bring your pets with you as much as possible: If you abandon them, they may become trapped or escape, exposing themselves to various life-threatening dangers. Because not all shelters accept pets, you must plan ahead of time to bring your pets to one of the following locations:
- For a list of recommended facilities, speak with your veterinarian.
- Inquire about emergency shelter or foster care for pets at your local animal shelter.
- Locate pet-friendly hotels or motels.
- Inquire around your neighborhood to see if neighbors or relatives might be willing to take in your pet.
- Ensure you have emergency supplies and travel kits on hand: Plan for the worst-case situation if you must flee your home during a crisis. Even if you think you’ll only be gone for a day, expect to be barred from returning for several weeks. Follow these easy actions to cut down on evacuation time.
- At all times, make sure all pets are wearing collars and tags with up-to-date identification information. The name of your caress, your Contact number, and any urgent medical needs should all be includes on their ID tag. On your pet’s carrier, write your pet’s name, name, and contact information.
- As a more permanent form of recognition, the ASPCA suggests microchipping your pet. A microchip is inserted under the skin in the animal’s shoulder area and read by a scanner in most animal shelters.
- Keep an emergency kit and leashes as close as possible to an exit. Everyone in the family knows where the equipment is, clearly labeled, and easy to transport. A complete list of supplies to bring in your evacuation kit, including food, water, medication, and a photo of your pet if you become separated, may be found here.
While these suggestions cannot prevent disasters from occurring, they can assist you in keeping your dogs safe in the case of a calamity. Keep these suggestions in mind, and think that being prepared is always the best defense when it comes to your pets.