Fire Safety Advice – Emergency Planning For Pets


In the event of a fire or other emergency situation, it pays to have preparations in place for your pet where possible. Here are some tips to add to your family’s escape planning.

  • Ensure your dog or cat is micro-chipped. In the event you’re separated in an emergency situation this will increase your chances of being reunited
  • Keep a recent photo of your pet with you. If you’re separated it will help to have a photo to take to shelters
  • Make sure your pets’ vaccinations are up to date in case they need to be placed in a pet boarding facility. Most facilities will not accept a pet that is behind in vaccinations
  • When preparing your earthquake or emergency ‘go’ bag, consider including items for your pets such as water, a small amount of food, any medication your pet may be on, litter or newspaper, and a blanket
  • If your animal sustains burns the best form of immediate first aid is sponging with cold water until proper veterinary care is available


Remember – get out, stay out and never re-enter a house that’s on fire, not even for pets.


information courtesy of Fire and Emergency New Zealand

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