Dog Fire Safety: keeping your dog safe

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A fire can instantly turn your home into chaos; make sure you and your dog are ready for danger.

The best way to protect your pets from the effects of a fire is to include them in your family plan. This includes having their own disaster supplies kit as well as arranging in advance for a safe place for them to stay if you need to leave your home.When you practice your escape plan, practice taking your pets with you. Train them to come to you when you call and take them on field trips to the local fire department so they are comfortable meeting these people in strange outfits that smell like fire.

 

 

Keep your dog safe

  • Keep Dogs Near Entrances When Away From Home – When leaving dogs home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
  • Secure Young Dogs – Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.
  • Since Dogs Left Alone Can’t Escape a Burning Home – Consider using monitored smoke detectors which are connected to a monitoring center so emergency responders can be contacted when you’re not home. These systems provide an added layer of protection beyond battery-operated smoke alarms.  And desensitize your dog to the he piercing sound of the smoke detector and the smell of smoke.
  • Affix a Pet Alert Window Cling – Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Make sure to update the number of pets listed.

What if you can’t find your dog and have to leave the house?

Open a door that leads to the outside, and once you’ve escaped, call your dog. Hopefully, he’ll hear your voice and come running. Maybe he’s already outside with another family member–a good reason  for everyone to swiftly gather in a designated meeting spot.

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