For animal lovers, pet safety is a No. 1 priority.
According to the Humane Society of the U.S., each year, 40,000 pets are killed in house fires. Some of these deaths occur when the homeowner is present but unable to rescue their pets, but most occur when no one is at home to call for help.
So what can you do to protect your four-legged friends in the event of a house fire when no one is there?
Here are are a few tips:
- Put pet alert decals prominently in your front windows to alert first responders to the fact that you have pets inside. You can get these at your pet store, fire department, from your alarm company, or you can buy them online.
- Keep your yard clean and hedges trimmed. This will allow greater visibility for your neighbors and will prevent the possibility of a brush fire near your home.
- Have your heating system inspected every fall. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a silent killer responsible for more than 400 human deaths and 20,000 trips to the emergency room each year.
- Invest in a wirelessly monitored home alarm system such as Protection 1 with eSecure, which will send you a text alert while automatically dispatching the fire department if a smoke or carbon monoxide detector is activated.
- Make sure one of your trusted neighbors has a key to your home. In the event of an emergency, they may be able open a door to let firemen in—or your pet out.
Follow these steps and you can leave your beloved pets at home knowing they’ll be OK in the event of a fire emergency.