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    Default Do you have a fire plan?

    I am just curious to know if any of you who have animals in the house while you're not home have a plan in case there is a fire? My in-laws lost their dog a few years ago when nobody was home and there was a house fire. The firemen found him underneath the bed, took him outside and he was actually given oxygen by the ambulance crew (at the time they hadn't been able to contact in-laws and weren't sure if they were inside so there was an ambulance waiting) and then he was transported to the vet in the ambulance, sirens and all. He was being treated at the vet for about a week afterwards, the ambulance officers visited him daily and even raised money for his vet costs, but unfortunately he passed away from lung damage. The fire was caused by a faulty power-board that was only new, it's something that could happen to anyone.

    I've been really worried ever since about leaving my animals inside while I'm not home in case something like this happens, I understand that they have a higher chance of escaping or getting stollen if left outside but it's still something that worries me. The dogs are always kept in the garage when we're not home so I imagine that it would be the last part of the house to burn - downstairs and brick exterior and concrete floors whereas upstairs is weatherboard exterior and hardwood floors. I worry about the cats though, they're kept upstairs and strictly indoors so there are no cat flaps, open windows etc for them to escape from.

    When we were in Canada, we were in a little pet boutique and they had signs that you attach near your front door that said "in case of emergency, please rescue ___ dogs and ___ cats" I thought it was a really good idea but we didn't buy it.

    Thankfully we have wonderful neighbours who know how many pets we have and would definitely investigate if they heard the smoke alarm (and not assume that I'm a bad cook).

    Has anyone else thought about what would happen if there was a fire?

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    I've thought about it many times, the thought of a pet stuck in a burning house is horrifying!

    That is probably the one thing I like about having outside dogs, that will never happen to them. We have a large cat enclosure outside which is actually an old concrete water tank with a door smashed into it, so that would be good in a fire. Two of my cats are allowed outside, and one is only inside but he uses the enclosure. All our cats are outside when no one is home. My ferrets (although their cage is outside) would probably be the only pets in major danger from a house fire. Their cage is in an area which a fire could probably spread to if it was big enough, and their cage is made of wood.

    The number of times we've nearly had to evacuate because of bush fires in summer is not good. We always end up with all the pets in crates ready to go, but so far we have never had to leave yet thank goodness. I remember one particular day last summer when we were nearly going to evacuate, i was running around the farm frantically trying to find one of my cats, took me a while but i eventually found her fast asleep under a tractor happy as anything, lol I was lucky, I usually can't find her in the middle of the day like that.

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    My two are inside while I'm at work. I don't have a fire plan, but have thought about the horror of that happening. I like the idea of that sign by the front door. We are advised in the event of having to evacuate due to a cyclone and leavings pets behind to leave a note with how many, what and where, but I have no plans to evacuate without pets. I guess after Cyclone Tracy many had no choice though. I know that in the case of a fire my elderly neighbour would be straight onto it - she loves my dogs and usually has a key.

    I do the same for her - her smoke alarm went off one Sunday morning while she was at her market stall around the corner. No sign of smoke and the house was locked up with her 14 year old chihuahua inside, so I ran to the market, got her keys and went and investigated with another neighbour. It was a faulty alarm, which we deactivated. She was grateful the fire brigade didn't have to be called out to a false alarm and had it fixed when she got home.
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    Mine are outside if we are out and Mojo bails outside if i just yell at the TV while watching the footy..... so if there was a fire while we are home i could just yell at him and he'd be out in a flash.

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    We are advised in the event of having to evacuate due to a cyclone and leavings pets behind to leave a note with how many, what and where, but I have no plans to evacuate without pets.
    This is my biggest fear. A natural disaster like a big cyclone. I'd have to send the wife and kids out to a evac centre but theres no way i'd leave my dogs behind. So i'd bunker down with them in the bathroom after taping up the windows, mirrors and removing the glass shower screens.

    The last few years we had major flooding here in Bundy and i watched people getting airlifted off their roofs by chopper. I'd just have to wave them away to the next house if they wont lift my dogs off. There is just NO WAY NO MATTER WHAT ...that i'd leave them to fight for their own lives. I just couldnt live with myself if they didnt make it.


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    I live rurally, on a 500 acre farm so there is distance between houses. My dogs and cats would be fine outside, the dogs are enclosed but up the back of the yard would be safe. Cat is loose out the front.

    My 3 birds however are inside and smoke would hopefully get them before flames and before the fire trucks would have time to arrive. On a non fire ban day smoke would not be unusual here. Colour of smoke though can differentiate between types of burning to the initiated. It would take some time till trucks arrive and would not be in time to save the birds or the house.

    There is a small cage near theirs to get them into to evacuate if there is a fire when we are home.

    edit. The only house within sight of mine is unoccupied and will most probably stay that way.
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    Last year, we were spared the bush fire. By 20 meters. Our pohm female dog sounded the alarm way before any smoke detector went off.
    The dogs have free come/go access. I know, that they can get out. If they wish to. They tend not to go though. Im sure in a fire, they would go. But i also know, where they would go, to my son's house across paddocks. Probably ablaze in a bush fire.
    So i cant have that in my head or i go nuts. I try not to think about it. If they are with us, they are coming in our car. But we have a ute, and that means that bernies hair could catch on fire in the heat and im panicking at that thought. I dont have a dog bush fire plan that doesnt make me reassured.
    My job is to grab the black box. And get out. Well rehearsed, but so far, we've not been evacuated thankfully, and been allowed to return.
    I have a plan of where we would go after that. That includes the dogs. But not one that involves us being together unfortunately. It sucks

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    Glad I'm not the only one who worries about it. Thankfully we're not in an area where bush fires or floods can happen (on a hill) but I still worry about electrical faults in the house. My friend has a 2yr old and leaves the oil heater on in his room every night, door closed no fire alarm close by. I wouldn't be able to do that - I'd worry way too much that something would happen and I wouldn't wake up until it was too late.
    I want the next house we buy to have a very secure yard so the dogs are able to have outside access while we're not home and somewhere that I can attach a cat enclosure from a window to outside so that the cats also have somewhere to escape to if something were to happen.

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    I sometimes worry about keeping my dog locked in the house while I'm out.

    But I figure the chance of the house burning down is less likely than the chance of her being let out the back yard by the meter reader or having a poison bait chucked over the fence when I'm not home.

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    I couldn't leave a child in a room like that either KM. Even I hate sleeping with the door to my room shut because I hate the thought of something happening at the other end of the house and I don't notice, also i don't have a smoke alarm in my room, so with the door shut I probably wouldn't notice a fire straight away.

    I was reading Dogs Life magazine last night (not the latest issue, they've been piling up in the mail and i keep forgetting to read them, lol) and I found this story... scary stuff!!




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    That's so scary MDD! So lucky that they went back home.. We have a gas cooktop and I worry about the cats knocking the knobs and turning the gas on

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