We love the warm, dry weather of Spring and Summer. But with this beautiful weather comes the risk of bush fires. If you live in an urban area, you may not realise that you can be affected by bush fire. The reality is that you can be affected by bush fires if your home has grass, bushland or parkland around it.
Being prepared for a bush fire, or any emergency, is so important for you and the safety of your pet. A number of years ago, we lived in an apartment and there was a savage fire in the basement car park. Our entire building was evacuated late at night and we saw how confusing and confronting it was to those who were unprepared to move themselves and their pets quickly to safety.
A bush fire (or fire) plan will not take long for you to prepare and could save you and your pets in a crisis.
The Country Fire Authority (CFA) recommends the following to make your pets safe in a fire emergency:
- understand your household’s level of risk and knowing when you need to evacuate;
- make sure your pet is wearing an identification tag and is micro-chipped (and your contact information is current on the register); and
- prepare an Emergency Kit that contains suitable transport carriers or leash, any medications, dietary supplements, food and drinking water, and a familiar item (toy, bed, treats) to help reduce stress.
We always store our carriers in the same location, so we know exactly where to find them in an emergency. We also have a small box containing spare leads and collars, a couple of treats and toys at the ready. Whenever we receive a free lead or sample pack of food (from a vet, fair or in the post), we pop these items in our emergency kit. It’s always handy to have a few extra supplies for others, in need. Remember though, you’ll need to make a note to check your kits every three – six months to ensure nothing has perished.
Do you have an emergency kit? Share a photo in the comments below!