Saving pets from fires

By Connie Orcutt • Published: August 1st, 2015
Category: Animal Airwaves

It’s a sad fact that up to 500 thousand pets are affected by house fires each year – which begs the question: What can you do to keep your pet safe from fire, especially when you’re not at home?

You can start by using window stickers that alert firefighters to your pet’s presence. Remember that smoke alarms, which alert us, actually frighten most pets into hiding. So consider corralling your buddy close to an entrance whenever you leave. Keeping a carrier in sight may also allow a firefighter to pull your pal to safety when time is of the essence.

A common cause of fire-induced pet fatalities is smoke inhalation. So when the seconds count, a home-monitoring system can help speed up the dispatch of firefighters.

Make sure you have a plan to save your pet from fire — whether you’re home or away.