9 Tips To Keep Dogs Safe From House Fires
The worst thing about disasters is that they can strike at any time, whether you are ready for them or not. A house fire can not only destroy your home but it puts your entire family, including your pets, at risk. While you may not be able to completely prevent a fire from happening, there are steps you can take to keep your pets safe. Remember these nine important tips for keeping your pet safe in from house fires.
Basic Fire Safety for the Home
There are several simple things you can do to keep your home and your family protected from a fire:
- Make sure you have enough smoke alarms in your house and test them monthly, replacing the batteries as needed so they work well.
- You should also consider putting a sticker on your door to alert firefighters that you have pets in the house. You can get these stickers from your local humane society – make sure to list all of the pets you have in the house and what kind they are.
- Create an emergency plan with your family – make sure each family member is responsible for a certain pet so you can get them all out of the house quickly and safely.
- If you keep any of your dogs outdoors, take steps to limit the spread of a house fire to the yard by clearing dry brush away from the house. If you have rabbits or other pets kept in outdoor housing, make sure they are placed at least 20 feet from any brush so you will have time to rescue the pet before the fire reaches them.
Tips for Keeping Pets Safe
One of the most important things you can do to keep your pets safe during a house fire is to learn their favorite hiding placing. During a fire your pet might only know that it is in danger and he will hide; he doesn’t know that you will be looking for him and that he needs to stay visible. If you know where your pet likes to hide will give you a better idea where to find him in case you have to get out of the house quickly. If you have to leave the house before you find your pet, leave a door to the outside and call to your pet once you get outdoors. That way, your dog will hear you and run to the sound of your voice.
Not only do you need to know how to find your pet in an emergency and how to keep him safe, but you should also learn some tips to keep your pets from starting a house fire:
- Always keep puppies and notoriously curious pets confined away from trouble areas when you are not home to watch them.
- Avoid keeping open flames in the house – this includes candles – because pets can sometimes be curious about flames and they might accidentally knock the candle over if you aren’t watching and start a fire.
- According to the National Fire Protection Association, the leading reason for pet-started house fires is pets accidentally turning stove knobs. When you aren’t using the stove, make sure the knobs are removed or protected.
- Always use stainless steel or ceramic dishes in outdoor wooden areas like decks – the reflection of light through a glass bowl could generate enough heat on a hot day to ignite a wood deck.
- Check your house for potential hazards like loose electrical wires, outlets, and appliances and take steps to make sure your pet can’t be harmed by them.
In the event of a house fire, there’s no time for second guessing. By creating an escape plan with your family, you can make sure that everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire so that all of you, including your pets, get out safe.
Kate Barrington is the loving owner of two cats (Bagel and Munchkin) and a noisy herd of guinea pigs. Having grown up with golden retrievers, Kate has a great deal of experience with dogs but labels herself a lover of all pets. Having received a Bachelor's degree in English, Kate has combined her love for pets and her passion for writing to create her own freelance writing business, specializing in the pet niche.
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