Having a plan in place to evacuate your home in the event of a house fire can make a life or death difference when it comes to keeping your family safe. We all know that our pets are beloved members of our family, so it’s just as important to create a fire safety plan so that your furry family members make it out safely, too. National Pet Fire Safety Day serves as a day to remind us to take a few minutes to create evacuation plans for pets and to learn how to practice safe fire measures in order to prevent fires from occurring in the first place.
Every year, over 500,000 pets are affected by house fires and over 1,000 pets actually start fires themselves. The best way to reduce these numbers is to prevent accidental fires from occurring around pets whenever possible, and ensuring that you have a plan in place to get your pet to safety during a fire. The most common way that pets start house fires is through open flame exposure. Never leave pets unattended near burning candles or open fireplaces as this can lead to a disaster in just seconds. Also be sure to never leave any exposed wiring out, as pets may be tempted to chew on them, which can lead to a fire.
Creating a fire evacuation plan can ease both your stress and your pet’s stress during a house fire. Always remember that your pet is likely to be extremely scared or anxious in the situation so it’s important to do all that you can to make sure that they stay safe. Before exiting your home, grab your pet’s leash or carrier so that they won’t try and escape when they make it outdoors. It’s also a good idea to be aware of all of your pet’s favorite hiding spots so that you’ll be able to locate them quickly during a fire.
Including your pet in your family’s emergency response plan can make a big difference when trying to get your pet to safety as quickly as possible. When tragedy strikes, know that Rocky Top Restoration is available around the clock to begin the restoration process immediately. Visit our website to learn more about our services and keep our phone number, (865) 440-7449, bookmarked for easy access in the event of an emergency.