On Sunday, September 22, a dog was killed and a firefighter injured in a house fire in Kenilworth, New Jersey. According to nj.com, firefighters reported that the fire started in the basement and spread through to the second floor. The dog was found on the second floor, and while initially responsive, the K9 was taken to an area animal hospital where it was pronounced dead.
If your home is too dangerous for you it is too dangerous for your pet. Fire, weather, gas leaks, and other situation provide hazardous conditions in which you need to evacuate or move to a safe shelter within your home. If conditions are unsafe for you, they are unsafe for your pet.
In the New Jersey fire no one was home but the dog. The only option that could've helped the animal would be home fire sprinklers (link to previous fire safety article)or a home alarm system that could have alerted firefighters to the fire earlier than it did.
There are simple steps you can take to prepare you and your pet for emergencies. Prepare now to be safe tomorrow. Start by having your dog properly registered and identified with a microchip and identification tag on the collar. If you become separated from your pet or disaster strikes while you aren't home, identification aids rescuers in reuniting you with your pet.
Prepping? Storing food for the apocalypse? You need food, water, shelter, first aid and so does your pet. Make sure to have any medicines your pet requires as well as enough food.
If you stay in a temporary emergency shelter they may not take your pets. Plan ahead. Contact your veterinarian, local human society, or other boarding facilities to make arrangements for them to host your pet during an emergency. If you flee your home due to fire, remember your pet. If you evacuate because of impending natural disaster do not leave your pet behind.
To aid responders and rescuers, you can order a free emergency pet alert sticker from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals (ASPCA). You can also learn more about preparing for emergencies with your pet. Learn about preparing a kit and special considerations: ASPCA Disaster Preparedness
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Alex is a volunteer firefighter in Evansville, Indiana and a full-time firefighter in Providence, Kentucky. You can follow him on Twitter @FireSafetyAZ