3 Ways To Improve Your Pet's Safety During A Fire

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No one wants to imagine their home going up in flames, but it can happen nonetheless. The national Fire Protection Agency estimates that between 2007 and 2011, there were on average 366,600 fires in homes each year. Losing your home and property is worrying enough, but if you have pets, you can take steps right now to help protect them in case of a fire. Here are three tips that can protect your pets during a fire.

Window Decals

It may seem like an easy step, but purchasing window decals to alert authorities to the presence of your pets can save lives. These decals can be bought online, or you can get them for free from the ASPCA's website. These decals alert firefighters and other emergency workers that pets live in the home, and have spaces for you to mark what kind of pet or pets you have, and what their names are. While you would obviously tell the firefighters yourself if you have a pet and they're still inside, if you're incapacitated or not home, these decals can alert the firefighters instead.

Sprinkler System

Emergency fire sprinklers are often found in office buildings and some apartments, but aren't often installed in homes. However, they can make a huge difference in fighting a fire before it ever spreads from one room to the next.

Installing a sprinkler system in your home can help to protect your pet or pets' lives. While they may not enjoy getting damp, in the event of a fire, the sprinkler system can stop or slow the fire, reducing the risk of your pet being harmed by the fire or suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.

If you have electronics and are worried about damaging them, install the sprinkler system in the rooms that don't have electronics. If a single room is protected from the fire, that'll provide a place for your pet to retreat to until emergency workers can douse the flames.

Pet Door

Finally, consider installing an automatic pet door and using the recent remote control innovations to protect your pet. If you're at home, you can easily unlock the pet door and allow your pet a means to escape the home, even if you have to get out separately from them. If you're not at home, many pet doors now have electronic systems that can use your home's Wi-Fi internet to receive signals from your cellphone or another remote device. If your security system or a neighbor alerts you that there's a fire in your home while you're away, you'll still be able to unlock the pet door, giving your pet a chance to get out.

If you're worried about them running away or roaming the streets after escaping, install a fence or a wireless pet fence to discourage them from leaving your yard until help comes. In any case, it's better than them being trapped indoors.

With any luck, the worst will never happen to your home, and your pets will be safe. Still, taking these steps can protect your pets should a house fire occur, and make you feel less anxious.

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