Protect Pets When Wildfires Prompt Evacuations

Posted on September 11, 2013

California has been beset by wildfires throughout this summer, and citizens have to take certain steps to keep themselves safe at such times.  One thing that shouldn’t go overlooked is how to also protect pets amid such circumstances.  Prompted by the wildfires threatening the Bay Area, a new report has arrived from PETA detailing the ways that pets can be kept safe in addition to humans when a wildfire moves through an area.

A lot can happen quickly when an evacuation has been initiated, and in the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to forget about pets.  Make sure that you know where your pets are as you’re getting your family ready to leave the area.  Once everyone is out the door, conduct a check of the house and make sure that all family members and pets are loaded up.  Do so quickly but in a manner that is still conducive to safety.

If you haven’t done so, it’s wise to invest in some type of a pet restraint system that you can place your pet in when you do evacuate.  This helps ensure their safety, plus it eliminates the distraction potential of a pet and protects you in the event of an accident.  Otherwise, a pet can act as a projectile during a crash.

Finally, understand the hot car danger posed to pets when they’re left in a vehicle.  Take them with you wherever you stay or go, as it can take hardly any time at all for a pet to succumb to the threat posed by a sweltering car.

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