It’s National Pet Fire Safety Day, and it’s time for all dog parents to make sure everyone is ready and prepared in the event of a fire!
Here are some tips and tricks to help dog moms and dog dads keep their pups safe:
Pet Proof Your Home: Believe it or not, many fires get started by pets who accidentally turn on a stove by jumping up or who have learned to turn the knobs.
Pet proofing stove tops are more for pet parents who have gas stovetops, Hawaii homes tend to have electric stoves due to Hawaii not having natural gas lines, but it’s still important to make sure all your stoves are pet-proof.
Make sure no loose wires or power cords are hanging or lying around that your pets may chew on.
Do not leave any candles on in the house that your pet may accidentally knock over.
Place a “Pet Alert Sticker” on the front windows of your home or doors: These stickers let emergency personnel know that there are pets inside the house and will alert them to look for them and save them too.
You can easily pick up these stickers at Petco, Petsmart, or most of your local pet shops. As always, you can easily find them on Amazon too.
Make sure your smoke detectors are working: Have you tested your smoke detectors lately? Please ensure they are nice and clean, have a good working battery, and work.
In the event of a fire, you want to be sure your smoke detectors alert you and your family to get out of the house and to safety as soon as possible.
Know hiding places: When panic sets in during an emergency, your pup is most likely going to run and hide in their favorite safety spot, but do you know where that is? During a fire, time is of the essence, so make sure you know where your pet is most likely to be if they’re not already by your side.
Know your escape routes: How are you going to get out if a fire breaks out in the front of the house? What if it’s the back of the house? What about if you live in an apartment on the third floor? In case of a fire, it’s always a good idea to know where your escape routes are so you and your pets can get out safely and right away.
Have a leash handy: Always have an extra leash by your exits. If you can’t get to your daily dog leash, it’s good to have spares for quick getaways. This way, you can escort your dog outside quickly if you can’t carry them out because they’re too big or too heavy.
Pet Identification: In the event your pet runs away during a fire emergency, make sure they have a collar with updated information on it and a microchip. Pets will most likely run away from dangerous situations, and you never know where they may end up, so you want to be sure they are easily identified and can get back home as soon as possible.
One never wants to think about potential dangerous emergencies like fires happening to them, but we should always be prepared not only for ourselves but also for our pets.