What would you do with your pets if there was a fire? Now is a great time to make a fire plan for your pet. And if you don't have a plan in place for people, gather the family and get started making one right away. Some things to consider are placement of alarms, the escape route, alert stickers on windows and doors, identification for your pets, and fire prevention measures.
Alarms need to be placed so that you will hear them even while you are sleeping. Check your alarms periodically to be sure they are functioning correctly.
Plan and practice the escape route. Acting out the escape plan will help ensure everyone understands what they should do. It will also help you identify any potential problems with your plan so you can make corrections. Be sure to include your pets in the trial run. Keep leashes and carriers within easy access.
Alert stickers on your doors and windows will help fire fighters know pets are in your house so they can take measures to rescue your pets. This is especially important if a fire occurs while you are not home.
Pets may escape from a burning house or get away from owners during a fire. Because of this possibility, pets should have up-to-date identification in the form of tags, collars, and/or microchips.
Fire prevention measures should be taken to lessen the chance for house fires. Pets and children may start a fire if candles are left burning in their reach. If a pet chews on an electrical cord, the chewed cord can become a fire hazard. Inspect cords frequently and replace them if they are damaged.
For more information about fire planning, see the National Fire Protection Agency's website at http://www.nfpa.org/