Fire Safety: Pet Alert Signs
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.
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.
Check it out. It looks like a winner and possibly a life saver to me.