If you are like me, then you love your dog, a lot, and want to keep it safe. Unfortunately, that is not always possible, due to natural disasters, specifically fire. In fact, redcross.org states that, “according to the United States Fire Administration, an estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by fires”. The website gives some helpful suggestions on how to keep them safe if you have a fire in your home.
-Keep them in your family evacuation plan, and include them in the practice sessions.
-If you do need to evacuate, it is most important to evacuate your pets, but never put yourself in danger, to rescue the family pet, something hard to hear, but important to remember.
Along with remembering your pets in the event of a fire that happens while you are home, it is also important to remember that pets can cause fires. Redcross.org continues by stating that, “the National Fire Protection Association estimates that nearly 1,000 home fires each year are accidentally started by homeowners’ pets”. It lists out suggestions on how to keep pets safe while alone such as removing stove knobs (something we do for our children as well). We have to keep our pets safe from harm, so if you realize you have a mischievous, or curious pet on your hands, call the neighbor to pet sit, or leave the animal tied up, to help keep them from danger.