According to the United States Fire Administration, an estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by fires. Having a plan before an emergency strikes is often the difference between life and death. Here are a few things to keep in mind if a fire should occur in your home

Prevent Fires

Stoves can provide a tempting place for your pet to explore. If you need to leave you stove unattended you may want to consider removing the knobs so a flame is not be accidentally lit.

Candles are another major source of house fires. Cats have been known to knock over candles with their tails. Do not leave candles unattended around pets.

Do not use glass water bowls on wood decks. The glass can act like a magnifying glass and start a fire on the deck.

Keep young puppies away from power chords. Even a small amount of damage could cause a short in the wiring.

Smoke Detectors Save Lives!

Make sure you have smoke detectors in your house and the batteries are fresh. A good tip is to change the batteries in your smoke detectors when you change your clocks for daylight savings time.

If you need to leave your pets unattended for long periods of time you may want to consider monitored smoke alarms. Once the detectors senses smoke it alerts the fire department. 

Have an Escape Plan

Keep pet near exits if you are not home. This will make it easier for firefighters to find your pets.

Place a pet rescue fire safety sticker in your window and make sure it is updated with the number and type of your current pets.

Make sure your pets are microchipped or are wearing ID tags. Always keep this information updated.

In the event that you need to leave the house without your pet, leave their normal door open. This is the route they may take in trying to exit the home.

Where does your pet hide when they are scared? Check this spot first, the noise from the smoke alarms may send them to their comfort spot.

Have leashes near all exits in your home. If possible, try to also have a carrier near the exits especially for cats.

Have a plan to keep your pets secure during an emergency. Where will you take them once they are outside your house?

Have a go bag. This should include the essential items you will need if evacuation is necessary. First aid kit, water and food bowls, pick up bags and even a favorite toy.