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 and 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.
Smoke alarms work great for notifying humans of fires in the home, but pets don’t usually respond to alarms. You may want to consider a home security system that detects a fire, smoke, and carbon monoxide when your pet is home alone. The home security is there to detect fire, smoke, and carbon monoxide when they appear and can alert emergency response and you immediately to arrive at your home quickly.
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 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 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. Make sure to update the number of pets listed. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating their pets. A window cling is much better than a sticker which would require a razor blade to remove.
There are many locations you can obtain a pet alert window cling. Either email your information to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the ASPCA website.
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.