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Sep 16 2015

5 tips for protecting your pet during a fire

We had a small fire at Grafton Animal Hospital last Thursday.  Due to the quick thinking of an employee, and the fast response of our fire alarm company and Grafton Fire Station, the fire was put out with very little damage done.  No people or animals were hurt during the event.

This led to a lot of talk around the office of how we can protect ourselves and our pets at home and at work.  Lt. Alan Turner, Fire Inspector for York County, came by the office this week and helped us correct some of the potential fire hazards in the clinic.  We want to thank him for his help.

Veterinary Pet Insurance provided by Nationwide gives some great tips on keeping your pet safe during a fire:

  1. Alert Firefighters to indoor pets – Have a sticker on a front window to tell firefighters how many pets you have inside.  Get a free pet safety pack at www.aspca.org
  2. Keep outdoor pet pens away from brush that could become fuel during a fire.
  3. Know your pet’s hideaway – pets are likely to become scared and run to their favorite hiding spot.  You could be in danger if you have to look all over a burning house.  Also, when you leave the house with your pet, have them on a leash or in a carrier, or take them to a neighbor’s house or put them inside your car to keep them from bolting.
  4. Have an emergency kit on hand with pet’s food, medications, veterinary paperwork (in case you need to board your pet or stay in a hotel) and a photo of your pet.  Grafton Animal Hospital can fax or email your records, if needed, or you can access your pet’s records at www.graftonvet.com under My Pet and My Pet’s Medical Records.
  5. Create an Open Access – If you evacuate your house and cannot find your pet, leave a door open.  There is a good chance your pet will find it, especially if you call his/her name once outside.

To read the complete article, visit http://www.petinsurance.com/healthzone/pet-articles/pet-owner-topics/Pet-Fire-Safety.aspx

Of course, don’t forget to have and regularly test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home.  Keep at least one fire extinguisher in your home (preferably more) and know how to use it.  Finally, have a fire escape plan and practice using it.  Keep your entire family safe should a fire ever occur in your home.

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