Keeping Your Pets Safe in a Fire
A home fire is something that most homeowners think will never happen to them. But when the unthinkable happens it is critical to have a plan in place. While many families have an escape plan in place in case of a fire emergency, few think about what will happen with their pets in the event of a fire. Protecting your pet in an emergency is something that everyone wants to do in theory, but with a plan things can go disastrously wrong. According to the American Kennel Club, approximately 40,000 pets die in home fires each year. This means that planning for pet safety in a fire is extremely important.
Hoping for the best and planning for the worst is an important mindset to have when it comes to home fire preparedness. First and foremost, all adults must ensure that the human loved ones in their family are out safely. Never sacrifice the safety of a human in an attempt to save a pet. However, the goal is to be able to get the entire family out safely, including furry family members. The following are some important tips to keep in mind for pet fire safety:
- Keep a collar on your pet at all times for easier evacuation
- When leaving the home, keep your pets in a room or area that could be easily accessed by a firefighter
- Young pets should be kept away from possible fire hazards like candles or electrical wires
- Ensure that all fire alarms are working
- Keep a list of the number of pets inside the home on your front door
It is important to note that pets can start fires. Be sure that stove knobs are covered and that your pets are never near an open flame unattended. A home fire is terrifying and acting quickly is paramount. As such, having a fire safety plan in place that includes your pets is your best protection against a tragedy. As always, be sure to reach out to SERVPRO of North Palm Beach County for all of your fire damage repair and fire damage restoration needs.