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National Pet Fire Safety Day
Byroney_WebMD_Staff posted:
"Today, July 15, 2011 is National Pet Fire Safety Day . When we hear about pets and fires in the home, we often think of the dog who awakens his owner, saving lives with a warning bark about a fire in the house.

"But pets are also the victims of fire. According to Pet Safety Alert, 40,000 pets are killed in fires annually, most of them in residential fires." Read the rest Dr. Hohenhaus's article by following the link.

Do you have a fire evacuation plan for your pets? Have you ever had to deal with a home fire?

Every dog has his day - but the nights are reserved for the cats ~ Unknown
jselleck responded:
I was about 11 and my parents' home has a wood burning stove. I still slept in the basement with my younger sister and woke up one morning smelling smoke. I woke up my sister and we got out of the house but couldn't find the cat. My mom met us at our meeting point not long after we got out, and luckily it wasn't a fire, the flue or something or other and come lose and was leaking smoke. Mom found the cat after the smoke cleared out and everything was great. Thank goodness we had an escape plan and nothing happened. Now that I've moved out and my sister has stayed, they have four cats living inside and made sure that they have an escape route laid out and a sticker next to the side door notifying fire that there are animals inside. My husband and I live in an apartment and have a sticker next to our door too. Let fire know that you have animals, you may save a life.
Byroney_WebMD_Staff replied to jselleck's response:
My cousins who are firefighters would have been so glad to have met your family! Although people often talk about having a fire (or earthquake, etc.) plan, very few write one out and even less practice it.

I'm so glad your cat was safe and that it turned out not to be a fire. I'm glad to hear there's an escape route and stickers to help make sure the kitties get rescued if need be. It's good that you and your husband have kept those safe habits in your new place.

Thanks for sharing,

Every dog has his day - but the nights are reserved for the cats ~ Unknown


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