It’s National Pet Fire Safety Day and it’s time for all pet owners to make sure all their pets are prepared and know what needs to be done in the event of a fire!
Do you know what to do in the event of a fire? Here are a five tips Julian found to help pet owners out:
- Pet Proof Your Home: Believe it or not, many fires actually get started by pets who accidentally turn on a stove by jumping up or who have learned to turn the knobs. This is more for pet owners who have gas stove tops, which isn’t too common here on Hawaii as many have electric stoves in their homes due to Hawaii not having natural gas line, but it’s still important to make sure all your stoves are pet proof. Make sure there are no loose wires or power cords hanging or laying around that your pets may chew on. Also be sure not to leave any candles on in the house that your pet may accidentally knock over.
- Place a “Pet Alert Sticker” on the front windows of your home or doors: This stickers let emergency personnel know that there are pets inside the home and will alert them to look for them and save them too. You can easily pick up these stickers at Petco, Petsmart or most of your local pet shops. As always you can easily find them on Amazon too.
- Make sure your smoke detectors are working: Have you tested your smoke detectors lately? Make sure they are nice and clean, have a good working battery and that they actually work. In the event of a fire, you want to make sure these little discs can give you a heads up to get out of the house and to safety as soon as possible.
- Know hiding places: When panic sets in during an emergency, your pet is most likely going to run and hide in their favorite safety spot…but do you know where that is? During a fire, time is of the essence, so make sure you know where your pet is most likely to be if they’re not already by your side.
- Know your escape routes: How are you going to get out if a fire breaks out in the front of the house? What if it’s the back of the house? What about if you live in an apartment, on the third floor? In case of a fire, it’s always a good idea to know where your escape routes are so you and your pets can get out safely and right away.
- Have a leash handy: Always have an extra leash by your exits incase you can’t get to your normal leash. This way you can escort your dog outside easily if you can’t carry them out because they’re too big to carry.
- Pet Identification: In the event your pet runs away during a fire emergency, make sure they have a collar with updated information on it and a microchip too. Pets will most likely run away from dangerous situations and you never know where they may end up, so you want to be sure they are easily identified and can get back home as soon as possible.
One never wants to think about potential dangerous emergencies like fires happening to them, but we should always be prepared not only for ourselves but for our pets too.
Julian hopes these tips helps his fellow fur-ends and their ohana’s prepare in case of a fire and wish you all pawsative aloha vibes…STAY SAFE HAWAII!!!