HOW TO protect your Animal from a fire?
In the USA, a house fire occurs every 2 minutes! To deal with this eventuality when you have an animal, it is important to know the right actions beforehand to prepare to face it if necessary.
HOW TO protect your Animal from a fire? A fire breaks out so quickly! Often we don’t have time to think things through and we have to act very quickly to limit the damage. So take the time to learn about the right actions to adopt in this case if you have a dog or cat in your care!
How can I prevent my dog or cat from starting a fire?
Our pets spend some time alone at home, without their owners watching them at all times. And sometimes it can happen that they start fires unintentionally, knocking down a heat source or whatever.
Remember to always extinguish all candles and other sources of heat well before leaving the house. A still hot candle can start a fire if it is knocked over by an animal in your absence!
Also pay attention to lamps, the bulbs of which remain hot after use. A bedside lamp, thrown over a bed, can set sheets on fire.
Likewise, never leave any objects on the hotplates: it can happen that a cat activates the hotplates when walking on them, starting a fire in a few minutes! If your hobs have a protective cover, use it when you leave the house.
Also, remember to keep any fabric or flammable material away from your radiators. A clothesline knocked over on a radiator by a pet, can quickly set the house on fire.
Cats, being curious and adventurous animals, tend to roam around when their owners are not there to deny them certain areas. But dogs can also cause damage without wanting to! It is therefore essential to protect the animal’s environment from any danger on a daily basis.
How do you prepare for a fire when you have a dog or cat?
You can make your home even more secure by equipping it with a smoke detector that you maintain regularly, as well as a first-aid kit that includes care for dogs and cats.
In addition, when preparing your meals, stay in the kitchen: an animal fanned by good smells could overturn a pan, and start a fire!
Identify your pet: we can’t say it enough, but identification is the only way to officially link you to your dog or cat! Collars and medals can get lost, but the microchip or tattoo will help find your pet if you are ever separated during a fire.
You can tell firefighters that your house has pets with a sticker that you can buy online or have it printed yourself at a printer.
Place the sticker in a strategic location, near your front door for example, so that it is clearly visible. Maybe it will save your pet’s life!
Finally, an exit hatch for your cat, added to a door, could also allow your pet to escape quickly if needed.
I was able to get out of my burning house with my pet: now what do I do?
If you have been able to leave your house with your pet following a fire, you must remain vigilant about its state of health.
Check that your dog is okay
The first step is to check that your pet has no burns on his body, and offer it water.
It is possible that it has inhaled smoke or is suffering from heatstroke, so it will need to be taken to the vet quickly to make sure everything is fine, even if your dog doesn’t seem particularly affected!
Be especially vigilant for symptoms such as fainting, difficulty breathing, or depression. In this case, call your veterinarian immediately while waiting to arrive at his office.
Make sure your accommodation center accepts pets
If you need to go to a shelter after a fire, call ahead to make sure your pet will be welcome. If this is not the case, you can ask a loved one to pick up your animal for the night, while you make arrangements to stay elsewhere.
In the event that a fire has occurred in your area, but you have not been evacuated by the fire department, keep your pets indoors. Because the air quality around the fire area is affected, your pet may approach it and become poisoned without realizing it.
Watch out for runaways!
If the firefighters allow you to do so, you can go home to take your pet’s transport crate or leash (as well as its papers and a toy or a plea to reassure it), to prevent it from running away. Your pet will certainly be anxious after the ordeal of the fire and may want to follow its instinct to flee the scene.
This is one more reason to have your animal identified, even if it is a cat that does not go out! Unfortunately, you are never safe from an accident.
If you haven’t been able to get a transport crate or leash for your pet, keep your dog’s collar in hand, or your cat in your arms.
If you can take shelter with your pet, keep calm, it will soothe it and avoid the risk of flight.
Do not lock your pet in a car on its own: it will feel even more scared and need you during these unsettling times! In addition, it could be suffering from the heat inside the vehicle, when you will not be there to help and watch it.