This week is Fire Prevention Week. President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first Fire Prevention Week in 1925. This year’s theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” Do you have a escape plan for your home? Does everyone in your family know 2 ways out of every room? This is very important because your natural path to leave a particular room may be blocked.

It is also very important to formally include your pets in your escape plan. Here are a few things to consider:
*Do you have pet alert decals in prominent display on window or doors? The emergency personnel will have a much better chance when they know how many & what type of pets they are looking for when they arrive at your house.
*When no one is home, where are your pets? Are they crated, confined to a particular room, or do they have roam of the full house? Would emergency personnel know where to look for them?
*Where are leashes & pet carriers kept? If your dog is crated, keeping a leash next to or on top of the crate is a great idea so they can be moved out of harm’s way on a moments notice. Are cat carriers easily accessible, or are they on a high shelf in the back corner of the basement?
*Do you keep bedroom doors closed when everyone is sleeping? This can be important for keeping fire & smoke away from your family members if you need to escape in the middle of the night. This will add another layer of protection for your pets if they sleep in your bedroom too.

No one wants to think about what might happen if there is a fire, but being prepared is necessary to ensure that your family- human & animal- have the best chance of getting out.