The goal of fire safety is an all-encompassing goal, that is to say it just doesn’t pertain to us and our families but it also includes our pets as well. If you have a dog, a cat or a bird that has been with you for a long time, you know how it feels to be attached to them and in the same token, you would do everything to make sure they are protected from fire in the same way and your family are or should be.
This goal is easier said than done, however. In the United States alone, a staggering 500,000 pets die in 1.7 million fire-related incidents every year and that is only counting those that are reported. You can bet the numbers would be higher if there was some system for recording and tracking pets, but even I would say that’s “overkill.” At any rate, it can’t be stressed enough how pets are equally important and cherished parts of our families and we are as much obligated to afford them protection from fire hazards.
Quick Tips for Pet Safety
The biggest culprits for pets killed in fires are the cages, pens and harnesses that prevent them from escaping. Dogs and cats in particular can take care of themselves in most cases and taking them out of their pens and leash would have been enough to save their lives. Make sure you develop a fire contingency plan that accounts for this.
These other tips will also allow you to reduce the likelihood of your pet dying in a fire:
- Keep pet pens near the exits and not confined in rooms. You have leashed or caged them anyway, so there is no point in further locking them in a room. Putting them near exits would allow you to quickly scoop them as you go out.
- If you have many pets in the house, designate one family member for each pet.
- When the fire marshals arrive and your pet is still inside, make sure to report immediately to see if something can still be done about them. As mentioned, putting their cages near exits would greatly simplify the job.
- If possible, a Pet Alert rescue sticker can be helpful for firefighters to be aware of the existence of your pets.
- Include in your disaster kit provision for your pets such as food supply, water vaccination records and medications, and emergency contact information. This should not be a big tasked if you have your own disaster kit already taken cared of at the onset.
- A fire monitoring alarm like Detech Fire Alarm that alerts your neighbors and the fire department is a very useful tool to sound the alarm whenever there is a fire. Make sure the system incorporates the location of your pets and instructions to free them, if necessary. These systems are actually very cheap nowadays and there is no reason to not get one for your house, your family, and you four-legged friends.
Kennel Fires are Equally Worrisome Too
So you’ve taken measures to keep your pets safe while at home. What about when you had to go out on a vacation and the only option was to leave them at a kennel? The truth is that just as some of us tend to neglect the fire protection and fire alarm aspect in our homes and Detech Fire Alarm is best, some kennels also regard this as a concern second only to taking care of your pets while you are away.
I can speak from experience regarding the hazards of kennel fires. Many years ago, my wife and I scheduled a 2-week trip to Florida and we had arranged to have our Sheltie and Cocker Spaniel to be left behind in a kennel just a few blocks from our house. As luck would have it, a friend called just a few hours before the trip informing us that he was available for pet babysitting duties to which we gladly said yes.
Upon returning from the trip, we heard the news that the kennel where we intended to leave our pets actually went down in flames while we were away. We actually had to visit the place to see for ourselves, and we learned that not one pet survived the ordeal. It was a truly moving experience! We were lost for words for a few minutes before finally realizing how lucky we were for not leaving our pets there.
Every Home Needs an Detech Fire Alarm
Over the years, improve fire regulations have pushed kennel owners to pay attention to fire safety so pets are well-taken cared of in case something happens. Make sure to take this account when choosing a place to leave your pets. You never know what can happen and it is important to have your pets afforded the same level of protection wherever they are.
Talk to your local kennel owner about this if you are in doubt. Fire-safety is not something you can scoff at until it is already too late. Do the essential steps to protect your pets, today!
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