Do you have a evacuation plan for your family in case of a fire? Did you include your pets in that plan? We have outlined some important tips which will help you include your pets in the fire evacuation plan.
First and most importantly, make sure your pets always wear their tags or have identifying tattoos or microchips. Animals tend to flee when terrified. So if your pet escapes the burning house before you can leash or crate him, there is still a chance they will be found and returned.
Know where your pets tend to hide. Fire is a scary thing and your pet will try to get as far away from it as possible and will go to a place where they feel safe. Some dogs hide during thunderstorms. Where does your dog hide? Cats tend to have all sorts of secret places they go to get away from it all. Do they go on top of the cupboards, in the closet, under the bed? Make sure you have a way to reach those special hiding places.
You should have an emergency kit for yourself and family. Don’t forget to put your pet’s things in the kit too. Helpful things to keep in the kit are leashes, pet food, any pet medications, and your pet’s veterinary information. If you have cats, make sure you have crates handy for them, or use a pillow case if needed.
Remember, your pets are important members of the family too. But if you can’t get to your pet, it is important that get out of the house as soon as possible. You can leave the door open as you leave. If you have a spare moment, open a window for them too. It sounds harsh, but you can’t help your pet if you get caught in the fire too. There is still hope that your pet will escape and you want to be around to take care of them and the rest of your family.