July 15th is Pet Fire Safety Day, the best way to celebrate is to be prepared! Here are some tips to avoid an issue and what to do in the case of an emergency.
- Pet-proof your house.
Keep things out of reach of your pet such as flammable items and electrical wires.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working properly.
Replace the batteries regularly and educate your family on fire safety. Each bedroom in your house should have a smoke alarm in it at all times.
- Check that your pet is microchipped and is wearing a collar with updated information.
This way your pet has a way of being returned to you in case you get separated from them during a fire. Make sure if you move or change your contact information you update your pet’s collars.
- Never leave your pet alone around an open flame.
If you have a high energy pet it might be best to avoid lighting candles. Absolutely never leave an open flame unattended.
- Get a rescue alert sticker.
This is to alert a rescue worker that there may be a pet in the home. Be sure to place it on a front-facing window where it can visibly be seen. They can be obtained online at petrescuestickers.com or on Amazon. Some pet stores and non-profit humane organizations offer these stickers for free. If there is ever an emergency, be sure to alert firefighters that a pet is inside.
If you cannot find your pet during an emergency situation and need to evacuate, leave a door open that leads to the outside. Once outside you can then call your pets name, this tends to work better with dogs than with cats.
In case of an emergency call 911 or your local emergency services.
Nassau County Emergency Management (516)573-0636
Nassau County Fire Commission (516)573-9900
Orlando Office of Emergency Management (321)235-5438
Orlando Fire Safety Management/Fire Inspectors (407)246-2386
New York Emergency Management (212)639-9675
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Paws and Claws Veterinary Hospital