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Keeping Pets Fire Safe

4/2/2021 (Permalink)

Considering the possibility of facing a fire emergency in the home is difficult, but necessary to prepare ahead. Many families have a fire evacuation plan to ensure the entire family makes it out safely. Did you include your pets?  If pets were not included during planning, you may not be able to get your furry friends out in time. Ensure this heartbreaking situation doesn’t happen by utilizing the following tips to create a fire evacuation plan for your pets.

  1. Keep Pets Away From Fire Hazards

If you have any potential fire hazards, such as space heaters or fireplaces, keep your animals away from those areas. A baby gate or leash can be used to confine your pets to the safest areas of your home so they can’t accidentally start a fire. If you plan to leave the home, turn off all heaters, electronics and other potential fire hazards beforehand.

  1. Use a Pet Alert Window Cling

If firefighters have to get you out of your home during a fire emergency, they’re not likely to know you have animals inside. As part of your pet safety plan, purchase or create a pet alert window cling that includes the number and type of pets inside your home. Keep the window cling affixed to a front window where it can be easily seen by first responders.

  1. Put Pets Near Doorways When You Leave

When leaving home, ensure your animals are located near a front doorway so they can be easily rescued if needed. You may choose to confine your pets in a playpen or put them on a leash so they don’t wander from the area while you’re gone.

These steps will make it easier for rescuers to bring your pets to safety in the event of a fire emergency. You may also want to have the number for your local fire damage restoration experts on hand to help you repair damage after a fire.

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