What to Know About Pet Fire Safety
Whether you’re a cat person, dog person, both, or neither, most people can agree that having pets as part of your family is a great way to make your house feel more like home. Every family should have a fire safety plan in case of emergency, and if you have pets they should also be included in this plan. Here are a few things to keep in mind regarding your pets and fire safety.
Pets are generally curious by nature and tend to investigate things like cooking appliances, candles, and fireplaces. You should never leave an open flame around your pets unattended. If possible, consider buying flameless candles to replace your normal ones. If you have a particularly curious pet, and you don’t crate them when you leave, you should consider removing, or buying a cover for your stove/oven knobs so they aren’t accidentally turned on.
You should have a Pet Alert sticker on your front door or window so that firefighters know that there are pets inside in case of emergency. Additionally, when you leave your home, if you do crate your pets, you should place the crates near the front door or in an easily visible spot to make it easier for firefighters to rescue them. Always make sure they have their collars on and that their leashes are near the front door when you aren’t home as well.
Another great thing to do is to have “fire drills” whenever you do your biannual testing of your smoke detectors. Whenever you press the test button on your smoke alarm, give your pets a treat and train them to expect a treat or to come to you when the sound goes off. This way instead of being scared of the noise and hiding in an emergency, they’re more likely to come straight to you, making escaping your home with your pets faster and easier.
If you experience a fire in your home, once your family (pets included) is safe and the smoke clears, it can be incredibly stressful and confusing knowing where to begin to get your life back in order. Here at SERVPRO of Norfolk West, we understand how difficult this can be and work diligently to make the process as smooth as possible for all of our customers. From friendly faces and knowledgeable, highly trained employees, to working directly with your insurance company, our team is here to help get your home back to “Like it never even happened.”