For many of us, our pets are a part of our family. And, much like our family, we want them to stay safe in the unexpected emergencies that can happen in life. Keeping pets safe during a fire starts with some planning.
Keeping Pets Safe During a Fire
Fires are especially dangerous situations for our pets. They’re just as scared as you are and can hide in the most difficult to reach places. Here are some of our top tips for keeping pets safe during a fire.
While it can be difficult to stay calm when your home is on fire, your pet will respond better to an unexpected, dangerous situation if you approach them calmly and with confidence.
Put a Fire Safety Sticker on Your Door
Put a pet rescue fire safety sticker at your front door. The location should be clearly visible to any firefighters. You can get these online, at your pet’s veterinary clinic, or at your local pet supply shop.
Microchip Your Pet
If you don’t already have your pet microchipped, now may be a good idea to do so. Microchips can ID your pets when collars break or fall off, greatly increasing the chance that you can be reunited with them after a disaster.
Make a Pet-Friendly Fire Escape Plan
If you don’t already have one, make a pet-friendly fire escape plan. Just like having a fire escape plan for your family can help minimize the confusion after a disaster, creating a pet-friendly plan will ensure that you already know what to do with your pet instead of having to think of solutions on the fly.
Your pet-friendly fire escape plan should include:
- Locations of your pet’s favorite hiding places
- Who is in charge of getting the pet or pets out of the home
- Who is in charge of getting caged pets out of the home
- Where the family will meet after evacuating the house
- A list of pet-friendly hotels in the area in case you cannot return to your home after the fire
- A list of boarding shelters in case you need to board your pet overnight
- A disaster kit with your pet’s medications, food, a copy of their current medical records, a blanket and some toys, and ID tags.
- The contact information of a friend or family member who has agreed to be an emergency caretaker in case you are out of town or unable to get home for any reason.
Keep Your Leashes and Carriers near the Door
By keeping your leashes or pet carriers in an area close to the door, you save valuable time instead of having to dig through a closet at the back of the house and potentially putting yourself at risk.
Caring for Your Pets After a Fire
After a fire, your pets will need time to recover just like the rest of their two-legged family members.
- It’s important not to let them roam loose; a frightened pet can bolt even though they are in a safe place. They are likely to be disoriented by all the change and confusion and will mistake safety for an uncertain scenario. Keep dogs on leashes and cats on carriers until you have a roof over your head again.
- Inspect your pet – everything from nose to paws to tail. Hot surfaces can burn the pads of paws but go unnoticed until well after the danger is over. Contact your veterinarian or a 24-hour clinic if your pet has been hurt during the fire.
- Know the signs of smoke inhalation in pets. Symptoms include coughing, red eyes, weakness or lethargy, singed hair, difficulty breathing or open mouth breathing, and singed hair.
- Be patient and offer as much comfort and support as you can. While it’s easier for people to start moving past the trauma of a fire, your pets may not understand that the danger is over. Give them time and you’ll hear that purr or see that tail wagging again before you know it.
Fire Damage Restoration with Tidal Wave Response
Hopefully you will never have to use any of these tips, but in the event that a fire does damage your home, contact Tidal Wave Response Atlanta. We offer an emergency 24-hour assessment of water and fire damage. We’ll work with your insurance company so that you can focus on what matters – caring for your family and your pets.