Fire Safety Tips for Your Pet

CHAH Updates

 Prevent fires before they start.
According to the National Fire Protection Association,  animals contribute to the start of
approximately 700 home fires each year. It’s your job to ensure your pets
are safe every day, in every part of your home.

Pet-proofing your home ensures that there are no areas where dogs, cats and even some pocket pets can start fires accidentally. Has your pet learned to turn stove knobs? Remove them. Are there loose wires that a pet can chew or swat? Secure them. Keep pets away from candles, space heaters, fireplaces and other potential fire hazards.

Put up pet-rescue alert stickers.
The ASPCA says you should make the rescue alert sticker visible by placing it near or on your front door and it should include the types of animals inside as well as the name and number of your vet. To get a free emergency pet alert sticker, You can check with your local firestation and also follow the link to the ASPCA website for a free pet safety pack. 

Smoke detectors save lives!
But only if they are working. NFPA suggests checking your detectors regularly once a month. Also consider having your detectors monitored so that the fire department will be notified and can respond to a fire even if you’re not at home. Your pet will thank you for it.

Know where to find your furry BFF.
Under a bed. In a laundry basket. On top of the fridge. They are places only a pet would choose to hide out. A moment’s notice may be all you have in an emergency, so make sure you’re aware of all your baby’s favorite lounging/hiding places because you may need to find them and evacuate quickly.

Keep your leash and emergency kit near an exit.
Place items you might need in an emergency — such as your leash or cat carrier — where you can quickly and easily get to them. There won’t be time to locate these items when a fire is spreading through your home.  Everyone in the home should know where these items are kept and they should be clearly labeled and easy to carry.

Make sure your pet is easily identifiable.
Fires are scary and your pet may run.  Make sure your dog or cat is wearing a collar and tags with your up to date information — including their name, your name, your address and phone number — This will make it easier to get you reunited. You may also consider placing any urgent care needs on the tag as well.  

Even when properly fitted, collars, tags and harnesses can be lost, PLEASE microchip your pets.  It could save their life and save you a ton of heartache.  Microchipping is a very simple procedure that is done without any anesthesia in the veterinarian’s office.  It is safe, effective and has saved so many lives. Ask us for more information.

Know your vet’s contact info.
Heroes in uniform save the lives of pets every day by helping them recover from smoke inhalation. In the event that your pet’s injuries are more severe, it’s smart to keep the phone number and address of a local animal hospital handy. Having help on speed dial could be a matter of life or death for your pet.  Have your veterinarians contact information handy and available to give if your pet suffers injuries during the fire. You should also have information for your vets recommended after hours care facility.  Fire fighters are trained to administer aid for smoke inhalation but anything more than that will need to be done by your vet. 

I hope these tips are helpful and that you never need them.  Preparedness can be life-saving, because in the midst of an emergency every second counts.  For more information please feel free to contact us at 713-526-1306.

By: Desiree’ Dunn

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