Keep ALL Family Members Safe
Don't forget to include your pets in your fire escape plan!
- Create an evacuation plan for your family AND pets!
- Put someone in charge of rescuing each pet in the event of a fire, and include your pets when you have family fire drills*.
Planning and practicing fire drills will help the family remain calm and help ensure that your pets are not forgotten during a chaotic evacuation.
- Make sure all of your pets always wear a collar with identification tags and have a microchip implanted.
Taking these precautions can avoid the heartache of a lost pet during these times of chaos.
- Keep leashes, pet carriers and treats by an exit. You will need these to help evacuate your pets during a fire.
- Post stickers on your door and windows to alert firefighters that there are pets in the household.
These stickers tell how many and what kind of animals live in your home.
If you are not home during a fire, these stickers could save your pets’ lives.
*Never delay evacuation. If you leave without your pet, notify firefighters and let them know where your pet is likely to hide in the house.
The American Kennel Club has provided the following tips to help protect your home and loved ones from accidental fire:
- Extinguish open flames - Don’t leave your pets unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
- Remove stove knob- Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house.
- Invest in flameless candles – These candles contain a light bulb, rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle.
- Avoid glass water bowls on wooden decks – The sun’s rays when filtered through glass water bowls can heat up and ignite the wooden deck. Choose stainless steel or ceramic bowls instead.
- Keep pets near entrances when you're out – Keep collars on pets and leashes at the ready in case firefighters need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
- Secure young pets- Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.
- Consider using monitored smoke detectors - Monitored smoke detectors, which are connected to a monitoring center, allow emergency responders to be contacted when your pets are trapped. These systems provide an added layer of protection beyond battery-operated smoke alarms.
- Affix a Pet Alert Window Cling – Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Make sure to update the number of pets listed.