Keep Your Pets Safe
With the hotter temperatures and occasional high winds, there is a higher risk for fires during this time of year. That’s why it’s essential to keep yourself and your pets safe by being prepared.
It’s a good idea to have plans and certain items on hand to prepare for fires and other natural disasters that may occur throughout the year.
Below is a list of ideas that can save you and your pet.
- Subscribe to wildfire alerts on your phone and social media. You can follow the #WaWILDFIRE hashtag on Twitter, for any news about fires in the Washington area. Also, be sure to follow @waDNR_fire for updates in your feed.
- Before lighting any fires, check Washington’s State Department of Natural Resources for any local burn restrictions.
- Learn how to turn off any utilities such as gas, that may be a risk during high fire alert times.
- Have a route of escape planned in case of evacuations. In addition, be sure to have several different routes available in case some routes are not accessible. It is wise to identify pet-friendly hotels in case you cannot return to your home right away.
- Maintain a travel bag available not only for yourself, with personal items you may need, but a separate bag for your pet with essentials, such as food, medications, bedding, toys, and plenty of water.
- Be sure your pet is microchipped and has a collar and tag with your cell phone number on it.
These are just a few suggestions, but we recommend checking out the State Department’s recommendations, which can be found on their website.