Fire Safety: Pet Alert Signs

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Each fall in Southern California we have ‘fire season’. It typically begins at the end of summer when everything is dry as can be and then the Santa Ana winds kick in and it’s a recipe for disaster. With our current drought in CA, I expect that season to grow longer and more dangerous each year. A few years ago, we had a fire fairly close to our house. One of my fears is there will be an evacuation when the dogs are home alone and they will not be rescued.

Looking at the smoke

Looking at the smoke

A while back, I wrote a post about fire safety. I noted we have Pet Alert Signs in the window to alert the firefighters that there are pets in the house. These were a better option than no notification, but I still worried because the firefighters would have to go right up to the window in order to see the sign. That was fine if they are doing a house-to-house evacuation, but what if MY house was on fire? They might not be able to get to the window or the window might be broken, or a million things to go wrong. So, I worried.
Did you know over 500,000 pets are affected by fire each year and over 40,000 of them perish? I think it’s high time for a better alerting system. And so did Brendan Corcoran, an entrepreneur, firefighter, father and dog owner who has developed the Pet Alert Sign. The sign isn’t released yet, but you can see it below and on their website. It can be placed in a window or in the yard – which is what I would do so it can be seen from the road easily. It’s also illuminated, so even at night, the firefighters will be able to see it.
pet alert sign

Check it out. It looks like a winner and possibly a life saver to me.

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  1. Oh wow, what a phenomenal idea! I would definitely get one of those signs, especially if I lived in an area prone to fires like yours. Your house catching on fire with your pups still inside is a terrifying vision ~ and your are so right about prevention being key. Better safe than sorry.
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  2. It#s a great idea dn I hope it saves a lot of lifes. Our firefighters visit every house when they collect their christmas donations and list all peeps&pets who live in the house, so they are informed in case of a fire. It’s horrible to imagine a burning house with pets inside… specially pets in a cage or a crate…
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    • That’s a great idea. I’m sure they probably do it here in the states in some smaller communities.
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  3. That is some high numbers, so sad! Great sign!
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  4. Someone had their thinking cap on! We often hear of pets being saved, but we also hear a lot about the family getting out but the dog didn’t make it. So sad. Maybe signs like this could help.
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  5. What a great idea! We are currently in a red flag warning, living near the woods, this scares the heck out of us when we are at work and the dogs are at home! We have stickers on our garage windows but I love the idea of this sign being highly visible! Thanks for sharing!
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  6. Oh what a great idea!!! I have one that is a sticker and on out front door window, but the writing wore off it :/
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  7. That’s an interesting idea. The human didn’t think there was any use to point a pet alert at the front door of our flat. But it makes sense in case of a fire and nobody but Donna is in the flat!
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  8. What a brilliant idea! I’m definitely going to the drawing board to create something that alerts firefighters (and any would-be intruders) there is a dog on the premises.
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  9. Good post.
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  10. The thought of a fire certainly scares me since I live on the fourth floor of an apartment building. Our apartment office knows we have a dog and we have a sticker on our door. I think this is a great idea, but it wouldn’t be too much help in an apartment. Maybe they could make a bigger one for an entire apartment building? Now that would be great!
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  11. I love it. What a great idea. I have the window decals also, but worry about the same things you do.

    I’m actually working on something else, (it was supposed to be my “Be the Change” post,) but I didn’t quite finish it.

    I’m looking forward to being able to see purchase this for my yard. Thank you for joining the blog hop.
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  12. Thanks everyone for the support. Please visit the site and sign up for the newsletter and you will know when the sign is available at a probable discount for early orders.

    Don’t forget that it is not only fires but any emergency, such as Carbon Monoxide, where rescuers need to know about your pets.

    While I am not sure about a larger sign, it is a possibility, but I do plan on having an insert that can be handwritten for Rescues, pats, etc so a list of pets can be listed and dated for accuracy. Also, if you are not on too high up there is a window mount that can be used that would draw attention.

    Thanks again and give us a follow and share on Facebook or Twitter and help us get to market
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  13. That is interesting. it reminds me if the address signs they have in rural areas around here for 911. I admit that I am torn on the pet alert signs. Obviously I would not want our pets to perish in a fire, but if a firefighter were badly hurt trying to rescue them that would be difficult for me to live with, so I struggle on whether to have them. Thanks so much for joining the hop.
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  14. You guys have some really crazy wild fires out there; I couldn’t imagine dealing with that. Our house burnt down when I was 11 and it was the scariest experience ever. We were very fortunate that all of us humans got out OK as well as our Lab but unfortunately we lost a beautiful calico cat in the fire. Those signs are always a great idea and I still remember having firemen come into our elementary school and teaching us the importance of having the stickers that indicate where children are sleeping.
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  15. What a great idea! As you know, we worry about the same thing a lot (so much that we avoid leaving the dogs home alone as much as possible in the summer). Will you give us the heads-up when they’re available?
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  16. I’ve made my own as graphic designer, custom with my dogs face on it. Since I live in an apartment, sticking it to my window was suffice. Doesn’t have to be fancy, just has to let someone know he or she is in there. If you have pets, these are a must haves in your overall fire-safety plan.
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  17. That is such a great idea! It’s definitely especially needed where you live, but even anywhere for peace of mind. My biggest fear is a fire in the home when we’re not home.
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  18. Can’t wait – I remember your post last year – and I thought then “what a novel idea” Fires are scary and fast. Great post Slim, thanks again.

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