This week, October 5-11, is Fire Prevention Week. It’s a week to talk about and prepare for fire emergencies. Now is the perfect time to ensure your house is equipped with updated safety items, like working smoke alarms and fire extinguishers, and to ensure your family knows the evacuation plan from your home. But beyond the safety of the people in the house, have you accounted for the safety of your pets in the event of a fire? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 40,000 pets die each year because of fires.

Petplan pet insurance* offers these important tips for making sure your four-legged family members are safe and accounted for if disaster strikes.

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Sparkles, the Fire Safety Dog

Fire Prevention Week Pet Tips
•    Information is Everything: When disaster strikes, firefighters need information fast when they arrive at your home. Make sure to post the names and count of all pets in the home, or if your home is monitored by an alarm company, make sure they have the information to pass along to first responders. Petplan offers a customizable Pet Rescue Alert that allows you to post this important information on your front door.
•    Keep it Low: Confine pets to one room or the first floor of your home when you are away.
•    Make them Known: Have updated ID tags on all animals in the home and get them microchipped so that if they run out during a fire, they can be quickly identified should they get picked up be a neighbor or animal control.
•    Be Mindful: Things like candles, portable heaters and open fires can all be extreme fire hazards around pets and should never be left around unattended furry friends.
•    Be Ready for a Quick Exit: Have an evacuation plan in place that includes your pets and be sure to have leashes and carriers at the ready. If you’re unable to get to carriers, remember that a pillowcase can make an emergency cat carrier.
•    Know Where Help Is: Ensure that you know where your nearest emergency vet is, and have the number and address in your phone.
This week, take the time to ensure your entire household is prepared for and safe from fire emergencies.

*Tips prepared by Petplan Pet Insurance in partnership with: Dr. Jules Benson, Petplan’s Chief Veterinary Medical officer, Michael Miller, Petplan’s Director of Business Development and Haddon Fire Company Lieutenant, and Jen Leary, founder of Red Paw Emergency Relief Team.