You’re probably reading this because you love your pets and want to keep them safe. Hopefully you and your pet will never face the dangers of a house fire, but being prepared can help everyone, including pets, to act quickly.
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Here are some helpful tips on fire safety for pets:
Install smoke detectors
One of the best things you can do for your family is install a smoke detector. However, you also need to help your pets learn what to do when they hear this frightening sound. Get pets comfortable and adjusted to the alarm noise. Start on a lower volume (cover the smoke alarm to muffle the sound if it doesn’t have an option to lower it) during the times when you are getting household animals adjusted to the noise. Then slowly raise it as they become more accustomed to the noise.
Have a plan for your pets
Your pets are probably more willing to be involved in this process than you think – at least as long as treats are involved!
Do fire training with them - Since they can’t talk, you’ll want to discuss the escape plan with them through actions. Play an “escape the house” game and offer rewards until they know the routine.
Have them follow you along the route and say “Good job!” each time they do. Get them jumping too. The more energy and enthusiasm there is, the better chance that they’ll want to do it.
Support animals may be able to in turn help keep their owners calm and guide them through the unfortunate situation of a fire.
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Keep Fluffy and Fido out of the kitchen
Most pets will naturally be drawn to accompany you while you are cooking, either in the kitchen or on a grill. It is best to avoid having pets close by while preparing food since many house fires start from a stove, or other appliance, or on a barbecue grill.
In addition to keeping them away from the kitchen, you’ll want to keep any potentially fire causing items out of chewing and playing range. Other items that are high risk for starting a fire include candles, old wiring, and the oh-so-fun to play with Christmas tree! Consider one of our pet pens like our large 36 inch height pet pen to keep them contained and happy.
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Make sure your pets are microchipped and have tags
A microchip along with a collar and tag will help in the event that your pet becomes frightened and runs away during a fire. Make sure to choose a collar that is comfortable along with a secure tag. You’ll also want to make sure that both the microchip database and the tag include your name and current phone number.
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Following these tips will help your furry friends stay safe in the event of a fire. If you need more information, local fire departments (and their websites) are often good sources of information when it comes to pet fire safety.