Have you or a loved one ever gone through a structure fire? Do you worry about what would happen if one broke out in your home? Having a concrete disaster plan in place can make a huge difference in the overall outcome and amount of loss incurred, yet most of us don’t have one. Even if we do, it may not include specifics regarding the furry members of your family. Here are a few tips on how best to prepare to care for your pets in a fire emergency. Why not take half an hour right now to put some of these suggestions into place?
You’ll want to rehearse the plan with all members of the family so everyone knows what they’re supposed to do and when. Remember, families change, new babies come into the picture, you move houses, or the kids switch rooms and maybe one of them now sleeps in the basement.
It’s always best to be prepared by checking your disaster plan every few months and whenever any major changes in the home occur.
This will help if or when your pet should escape without you during a fire and ensure that if they’re found, they get back to you safely.
Since fur families change, be sure to keep your decal up-to-date as well. If you’re unable to give this information to authorities yourself, these decals might just save your fur kids’ lives
Do they hide somewhere inside or outside of the house when stressed? Do they go to a neighbor’s house and tremble under the porch? Maybe they hide in your kids’ closet behind the blankets? Knowing this could save you some very precious time when searching for your pet in an emergency.
If you’re unable to find your pet, leave. Once proper authorities arrive, let them know that you have pets inside and let them search for them. You should never endanger yourself or your family by waiting too long to get to safety.
You can leave a door open and hope your dog or cat runs out, or you can wait for firefighters to arrive and tell them where to look, but for the safety of you and the rest of your family, never ever go back inside the house.
Very few of us believe a disaster such as a fire will befall us. Or we think we will be able to figure it out in the moment. A little forethought and preparation can make all the difference. What’s your plan? Have you tried it to see if it works?
If you’d like to find out more information, check out the American Red Cross, ASPCA, or even Rover for some helpful tips on fire safety and pets.