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Fire Safety with Pets

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Fires are a serious concern for any homeowner, but if you also have pets living under your roof there are a number of additional considerations that need to be made. The steps outlined in this article include ways to prevent fires as well as precautions you can take to handle fires safely. In the event of a fire, or if you suspect a fire is breaking out, always call 911 immediately.

 

Hazards

These items are probable sources of fire, especially around active pets and wagging tails. Always make sure these are secured or tucked away when pets are around.

  • lit candles
  • space heaters
  • irons
  • hair dryers
  • halogen lamps
  • loose wires or electrical cords
  • uncovered fireplaces

 

Precautions

Consider implementing the steps outlined below to reduce the danger in the event of a fire and to keep your whole family organized and safe.

  • install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • change detector batteries at least twice annually and test them regularly
  • keep tagged collars on your pets or have the microchipped in case you are separated
  • create an evacuation plan for your family that includes your pets
  • keep leashes, pet carriers, and treats near the door to make evacuating your pet easier
  • have a fire extinguisher readily available
  • have a first aid kit readily available

 

These tips can’t guarantee that you’ll never have to handle a fire at home, but they should help keep you and your family safe in the event that one does occur. Other types of emergencies have their own considerations, so talk to your veterinarian for more information on how you can keep your animals calm and protected in a crisis.