• July 15 Is National Pet Fire Safety Day

    In light of the tragic fire at a local pet grooming and boarding facility, the Monterey Fire Department encourages all pet care facilities in the communities it serves to assess their fire and smoke alarm systems and fire suppression capabilities. Although these systems may not be required in older buildings, there are inexpensive smoke and fire detectors that can be installed in key areas of a building or home.

    “Pet owners can ask boarding / grooming facilities or pet sitters about the fire prevention precautions they have installed,” said Fire Chief Gaudenz Panholzer. “Consumer pressure applied directly to businesses typically can institute change.”

    Pet owners also should make sure their homes are equipped with smoke and fire detectors and have a plan of escape for everyone in the family, including pets, in case of fire. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, half a million pets are affected by fire each year. Dogs and cats are not likely to get out of a home or apartment during a fire, and instead may go to a hiding place under a bed or in a bathroom.

    You can make pets part of your family’s emergency plan by doing the following:

    ·     determine which family member will be responsible for each pet

    ·     know your pet’s favorite hiding places

    ·     bring a pet carrier if you evacuate your home as a safe place for your pet

    ·     place a Pet Alert window sticker with the number of pets in your home on a window or door near the front so rescue teams know how many pets you have

    ·     make a plan with relatives or neighbors to temporarily keep your pet if you are evacuated and unable to bring your pet into a shelter.

     

    The Monterey Fire Department serves Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Sand City, Presidio of Monterey, Naval Postgraduate School, La Mesa Village and Monterey Regional Airport.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on July 9, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News

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