Wildfire, Smoke & Pet Safety
Wildfires are a common occurrence in the Santa Clarita Area. Doggy Repooval would like to take a moment to remind pet owners in the area of accurate fire safety and prevention for families with pets. Over 40,000 pets are dying in fires annually and 500,000 more are injured. Preparedness is key so here are a few tips to keep you a step ahead in a crisis situation.
Have a preplanned escape route. Designate a safe zone for family members to meet and plan multiple routes to reach it from your home. Practice exiting safely and quickly.
- Use Pet Rescue Fire Safety Sticker on your window. This will indicate what species of pets you have, and how many, so that firefighters will know who to look for. You can pick up these stickers (normally free of charge) at any humane society or veterinary office.
- Clear out brushy areas around your home. This will help reduce the fire sources around your home.
- Be familiar with where your pets like to hide. The smells, sights and sounds of a fire are frightening for your pets. Most often, they will hide in a place where they feel safe. Identifying your pets hiding places will help you find them swiftly in the event of an emergency.
- Make an emergency pet kit. The kit should include food, prescriptions your pet needs and his/her vaccine history in just in case they need to be lodged in a kennel.
- Be aware of the dangers of candles. Pets can turn a risk-free candle into a life-threatening fire hazard.
- Test and replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors two times a year.
If an emergency does occur, remember to fasten your pets on a leash or in a carrier to prevent them from running away in fright. Don’t forget to bring your pet emergency kit, enough food for one week, their favorite toy and/or blanket, a food and water bowl and their ID tags.
Commonly emergencies catch people unaware, and they rarely have time to actually prepare. For this reason, Doggy Repooval would like to tell you how to properly care for your pet if they are affected by smoke inhalation. Smoke inhalation is a serious medical condition and should not be taken lightly. Carbon monoxide is released from burned materials such as carbon dioxide and cyanide. It can be dangerous and poisonous for both you and your pet. If these chemicals are inhaled, it can cause severe lung injury, burnt airways and death. The signs of smoke inhalation can include:
- Intense coughing
- Open-mouth breathing
- Foaming at the mouth
- Red, inflamed eyes
- Mucous membranes that are bright red, blue or pale
- Singed or burnt hair
- Respiratory distress and/or difficulty breathing
- Skin and/or ocular burns
It is essential to move your pet to clean, oxygenated air is. If your pet is still inside the building, loosely drape a wet towel over his/her eyes and nose to reduce further smoke inhalation. After you are out of the burning area, ask the fire personnel for an oxygen mask for your pet, this will reduce your pets’ risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. If you can’t make it to a vet immediately, than place your pet in a steamy room or near a humidifier to surge the amount of moisture in their lungs. Damage may not be recognizable for several hours, so seek help as soon as possible for evaluation and stabilization.
With a bit of luck you will never have to deal with the crisis of a wildfire closing in on your home. Preparedness is always the best option if you and your pet are near a wildfire even if you think you will not be affected. It’s important to reduce exercise time; pets have a powerful sense of smell. They will notice it before you do, to preempt symptoms offer your pet ample amounts of fresh water and of course, give them lots of love!
Wildfires are a constant struggle in California. The tips we provided should help to recognize when to evacuate to keep you and your pets safe. Our Santa Clarita dog poop clean up takes pride not only in the cleanliness of your yard, but also the safety of your pets. To learn more about the services we provide visit our website for a $10 coupon off your first month’s service.
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