Bushfire Safety & Pets

Bushfire Safety & Pets

Every summer there is a very real risk of bushfires and after a dry winter, the risk of bushfires is even higher.

In fact 2017 has had the hottest winter on record since 1910. As ABC news states, “Australia’s warmest winter on record has combined with the ninth driest winter on record, increasing the bushfire risk significantly. On top of this, predictions of warmer weather in the south-east this spring suggest bushfires might arrive earlier and be more active (source).”

Bushfires can be scary, they pop up quickly and spread fast. Protecting our loved ones is the first thing on our minds. That’s why it’s important to always have an emergency plan in place for everyone in your family, pets included.

 

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is above-normal bushfire risk for large swathes of eastern Australia.

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is above-normal bushfire risk for large swathes of eastern Australia. Image: Bureau of Meteorology

 

 

How do I protect my pet during a Bushfire?

  • Make sure they have updated collars and tags
  • Create an evacuation and emergency kit
  • Always have precautions in place for high-risk days
  • Have an evacuation destination
  • Evacuate ASAP if needed
  • For farm animals create a fuel-reduced and low-risk area where they can be moved, like a low-risk paddock for cattle and horses.

If you are advised to evacuate, evacuate immediately and follow your evacuation plan. Nothing is worth staying and putting the lives of you, your family & pets in danger for.

 

What to include in an animal evacuation kit?

  • Carriers for pets
  • Leashes
  • Extra collars with IDs
  • Food and treats
  • Water bowls with plenty of water
  • Any medications your pet requires
  • Toys
  • Blankets

Never leave your animals behind to fend for themselves. If for some reason you have to,

make sure to prepare for the worst. NEVER leave animals confined or dogs chained in case they need to make an escape. They will be able to survive much better if they can run and aren’t locked up.

While the threat of natural disasters is scary, you can get some peace of mind by having a plan in place. Planning for an emergency can help you get through the worst the best way possible.

For more information on creating your bushfire survival plan CLICK HERE

If you have experienced bushfires with pets, we’d like to hear any stories in the comments below!

 

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