Home fires are the single most common disaster across the nation.
According to the Red Cross, an estimated 500,000 pets are affected by fires annually, and 1,000 fires are started each year by pets.
The Red Cross recommends creating a disaster plan that includes pets such as: having a safety plan, displaying a pet rescue decal, keeping a pet carrier handy, having a pet bag and proper identification.
Preventative care is always the best according to the Red Cross release. Residents are encouraged to make sure candles are blown out, check stove knobs to ensure they are off and have a fire extinguisher on hand to keep small fires from getting out of hand.