A new perspective by Amy on November 7, 2014
Do you have pets in your home or know someone who does? Make sure you follow some easy tips in the event your home experiences a fire, tornado, hurricane or some other event that puts their lives and yours in jeopardy.
Plan For Safety
Have a plan in place for all family members, human and pet alike. Practice your plan and make sure even the smallest and furry ones are involved.
- Make sure your pet has a collar with an ID tag and also a microchip. This is in the event you aren’t at home during an incident, your pet gets lost, takes off due to fear or for any other reason rescue teams can find you to return you pet. Collars help when having to leave a place quickly and a need to grab onto your pet and go.
- Keep a dog leash accessible in more than one spot of your home for just such an event.
- Pets can get scared when a fire truck or other emergency vehicles are around and noisy. Make sure to put them on a leash and with you at all times.
- Make sure that you have enough smoke detectors that are active and replace the batteries regularly. Some people change them with the time changing twice per year and some even do it once a month as a precaution.
- You may want to consider installing a carbon monoxide detector too. You may already have a smoke detector and carbon monoxide combination unit.
- Consider purchasing a safety escape ladder. Make sure each person knows what route to take from each room or if a fire blocks them in a certain area.
- Buy a kid and pet window cling stickers to help rescue teams become aware pets and kids are a part of your home.
- Always make sure windows are operational in case they are needed.
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Never take a battery out of your smoke detector to use for something else because you don’t know when you might need for it to work with an emergency. And don’t postpone being able to properly identify your pet and at a minimum make sure they wear a collar with an ID tag if you’re not going to microchip your pet.